Week Ending August 9

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: British Junior Champion Neil Middleditch flanked by Steve Weatherley and Joe Owen

BACK: An England v Sweden battle between Martin Ashby, Bernt Persson, Soren Karlsson and John Louis

Weslake riders took 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th places in the 1975 British Final held at Coventry in midweek. John Louis became the new British Champion, scoring a fine 15-point maximum with runner-up Peter Collins dropping his only point to Louis in heat 2. The top four, Louis, Collins, Malcolm Simmons and Ray Wilson qualified for the World Final to be held at Wembley in September and Belle Vue manager Eric Boocock called for all four to be given practice time on the Wembley track in preparation for the Final - something other host countries had done for their riders in previous years.

ITV’s World of Sport production team were on their travels again, this time to Poland where London Weekend Television had carved out a deal with the Polish authorities to cover the European Final at Bydgoszcz in colour on August 24. Other scheduled foreign coverage for September already included a meeting at Norden, West Germany and the European Sand-Track Final in Yugoslavia. Click here to see the TV Times page for World of Sport’s transmission of the Bydgoszcz Final.

Wimbledon gained a morale-boosting local derby victory away at Waterden Road in a match against arch-rivals Hackney. The Dons’ manager Cyril Crane was delighted. ‘People keep telling me that Hackney threw the match away,’ he said, ‘but my boys rode hard and got nothing they didn’t deserve. And don’t forget we were without Bert Harkins.’ To rub salt into the Hawks’ wounds, Wimbledon’s Ed Stangeland and Tommy Jansson were heading for 1st and 2nd in the Second Half Final, too, when Tommy’s chain jumped off.

There was trouble at Stoke following an away defeat at fellow NNL championship rivals Birmingham where the Potters’ boss Harry Bastable slammed two of his riders for lack of effort. Jack Millen and Jim Wells were dropped from Stoke’s next meeting to be replaced by Steve Holden and Alan Bridgett. Wells and Millen immediately requested to be put out on loan and refused to participate in the Second Half trophy.

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