Sweden decisively retained its World Pairs championship title at the Belle Vue speedway stadium in Manchester, U.
Sweden decisively retained its World Pairs championship title at the Belle Vue speedway stadium in Manchester, U.K., on Saturday evening (13 July).
Champion pair, Soren Sjoseen and Anders Mickanek retained their title with a joint score of 28 points. This was five points ahead of the Australian pair, John Boulger and Phil Crump in second place.
Third place went to Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger of New Zealand with 21 points, and the British pair, Peter Collins and Dave Jessup came in fourth.
The Swedish pair took first place in all but one of the six final heats.
Ivan Mauger of New Zealand outpaced the Swedes in the tenth heat and scored the best individual total of 17 points. But Mauger's partner Briggs fell in his ride against the English pair and could muster only four points for the New Zealand side.
It was the first time the World Pairs championship had been held in Britain.
SYNOPSIS: The start of heat one of the World Speedway Pairs Championship finalist Belle Vue stadium in Manchester. The Australian pair, John Boulger and Phil Crump had little difficulty out-pacing the Czechoslovakian pair, Jan Holub and Jan Hadek.
Heat two saw the Polish pair, Edward Jancarz and Zenon Plech, matched against the Soviet pair, Vladimir Gordeev and Grogori Chlinovski. Zenon Plech is regarded as one of the most promising young riders on the circuit, and the Poles had a fairly easy win.
Each team took part in six of the twenty-one heats in the final. The winning pair was chosen on points. In the third heat, the English pair Peter Collins and Dave Jessup came in well ahead of the New Zealand pair Ivan Mauger and Barry Briggs.
The star performers were the Swedes -- the reigning pairs champions. Soren Sjoseen and Anders Michanek leapt away to beat the Czechoslovakian pair.
The Swedes won every heat except one, which they lost to New Zealander Ivan Mauger. In the fourteenth round, the Swedes easily beat the Polish pair and later repeated their performance against the Russians.
The Swedes retained their title with twenty eight points, five ahead of the Australians and seven ahead of the New Zealanders. It was the first time the World Paris final had been held in England.