Week Ending June 28

NEWCASTLE’S Tom Owen was the new holder of the National league Silver helmet. He beat John Jackson over the two legs held at Newcastle’s Brough Park and at Ellesmere Port the following night. Jackson fell in the first leg, through no fault of his own, and was unable to continue, meaning that Owen won by default At his home track, riding against medical advice, the Ellesmere star lost twice to Owen and had to give up his helmet.

IN his weekly column, Eric Linden records the staggering fact that in the World Pairs tournament, possibly the greatest showcase for team riding in the sport, there is no payment for bonus points! He tells the FIM to get up to date and bring their prize money into line with modern league practice.

BARRY BRIGGS uses his column to discuss the problems of drugs and ‘big engines’.  He calls for rules specifically to cover the use of over-sized motors and the taking of pills and stimulants. Drug tests, he says, should be introduced into speedway racing, just as they had been in athletics, cycling and football. At present, a rider must lodge an appeal if he suspects an opponent’s engine is over-sized and that will cost him money. It is also a difficult thing to make such an accusation against a fellow rider.

FOLLOWING a night of mechanical problems at Swindon’s World Championship qualifying round, the Robins’ star Mike Keen realized that someone in the sport didn’t like him. Stripping down his motor, he discovered a granular residue in his carburettor jets and fuel lines, which turned out to be caused by sugar in his fuel. ‘I know I must have a few enemies. Haven’t we all?’ He said, ‘But I never thought anyone would stoop so low.’ He believed the sugar must have been dropped into his tank in the form of cubes prior to the meeting.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: National League Pairs Champions Tom Owen & Brian Havelock

BACK: Malcolm Simmons leads Ray Wilson & Peter Collins

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