Week Ending September 13

OLE OLSEN took the World Title for the second time at a dusty Wembley Stadium with a flawless 15-point maximum. The popular Dane told reporters, ‘I feel great. I know that I’m as good as any rider in the world. I don’t say better, but as good. And winning the World Championship again was the way to prove it.’

Runners-up were Anders Michanek (13 points) and John Louis (12). Reflecting further on his victory, Olsen added, ‘My first win in 1971 came a year or so too early. People said I was lucky. That I wasn’t the best in the world. I was so determined to prove I was a worthy champion.’

The event was mired in controversy when stadium staff began to water the dusty track with hose-pipes and members of the crowd joined in, making the first bend dangerously slippery.

POOLE’s hopes of progressing up the league table were dealt a blow when X-rays revealed that Colin Gooddy had broken two bones in his wrist and would be out of the side for the remainder of the season. The injury resulted from a fall in the match against Hull. Gooddy, already in the veteran class, had nevertheless had a good season, reaching the British semi-finals of the World Championship.

SWINDON looked to be in danger of equalling Long Eaton’s 1965 record when the Rangers finished bottom of the league with a miserable 14 points. The Robins were currently still waiting to open their away account and had accumulated only 12 points from their 27 matches so far. They had a busy month ahead with five away meetings to come and three at Blunsdon but had the comfort of knowing that they had matches in hand over fellow strugglers Hackney and Hull.

15 year-old Caroline James was said to be ‘much improved’ in hospital after being hit by a speedway bike at Exeter’s home meeting with Halifax. The match was abandoned after heat four when Graham Plant and Bob Spelta collided and Spelta’s machine leapt the five-foot high safety fence and landed four rows back in the crowd. Four people were hurt but three were released with only minor injuries. Caroline suffered a fractured skull.

On the Speedway Star cover this week:

FRONT: Sheffield’s Doug Wyer

BACK: Brian Foote of Rye House

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