Week Ending August 16

A week after taking the Speedway Star Golden Helmet from Ole Olsen, Dave Jessup was set to face British Champion John Louis in the first defence of his title. The two would meet at Leicester on August 19 and again at Ipswich on August 23. Olsen had been excluded on the two-minute rule from the second heat at Leicester but Jessup commented: ‘Of course it was a pity that Ole couldn’t come out for the second race. But before people start saying that my victory was a bit hollow, let me remind them that I did win 2-0 at Wolverhampton and I had won the first race here.’

The coming fortnight would see Ipswich up against two of their biggest Championship rivals when they embarked on home and away fixtures with Belle Vue and Sheffield. With Exeter and Reading also due to visit Foxhall Heath, the possibility of an England test match and the prospect of the British League Pairs Championship still to come, Witches fans were in for a mouth-watering climax to the season. Ipswich were currently standing third in the Division One table behind Halifax and Belle Vue but had matches in hand on both of them.

British Champion John Louis had been named as the England captain for the coming series of test matches against Sweden. Meetings would be held in Kumla, Eskilstuna, Stockholm, Vetlanda and Mariestad, with dates being chosen to avoid fixture clashes with British League dates. The England manager would be Hackney boss Len Silver.

In his weekly column, Eric Linden called for the scrapping of the British Final, claiming it was ‘the most unfair meeting of the entire season.’ He objected to the method of choosing the four British riders who would go forward to the World Final as being ‘out of the speedway ark.’ Ole Olsen agreed that the formula left too much to chance and that one engine failure could lose a rider his place. He commented, ‘Do (the British authorities) not want to get their best men into the World Final, then? It is terribly wrong that a man should have a whole season’s work ruined because of maybe one race.’

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Exeter’s Scott Aurey

BACK: Nigel Boocock, Peter Collins, Bernt Persson & Bruce Cribb locked in action

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