Aders Michanek, the Swedish Speedway ace with the famous flying start, won the Nordic-British round of the World Championship on Wednesday (August 1).
Aders Michanek, the Swedish Speedway ace with the famous flying start, won the Nordic-British round of the World Championship on Wednesday (August 1). He is now firm favourite for the 1973 World title. He rides for Reeding in the British League.
Over 25,000 people at the Brandon Stadium near Coventry saw Michanek top the scorers with fourteen points. He lost only once - to the present World Champion Ivan Mauger of New Zealand who finished joint second with Denmark's Ole Olsen.
Competitors from Australia, New Zealand, England, Denmark, Norway and Sweden were contesting for eight places in the European Final at Abensburg, West Germany on August 19. The top scorers from that meeting then progress to the World Final at Chorzow, Poland, next month when they will join riders form the East European countries.
Fellow Scandinavian Olsen is the other West European hope. He was World Champion in 1971 and came third in the competition last year. He rides for ???verhampton in the British League and has already won the Wills International this season against a top class field.
SYNOPSIS: Speedway riders from six countries fought for eight European Final places, in the Nordic-British round of the World Championship at Coventry, England, on Wednesday.
Australia's Bob Valentine takes the lead in the seventeenth race, but he is soon overhauled by Denmark's Ole Olsen who came second overall.
Anders Michanek, the Swedish Speedway ace with the famous flying start, won this Nordic British round, but Olsen did especially well to get eleven points. First he had to have a pain killing injection for a shoulder injury, and then he was excluded from the first race for breaking the starting tape. Despite this he went on to score three wins and a second.
Over 25,000 people watched Michanek top the scorers with fourteen points.
Michanek usually flashed into the lead right from the start, and he is now firm favourite for the 1973 World Title to be decided at Chorzow, Poland next month.
Michanek has appeared in five of the last six World Finals and is at present enjoying his most successful season in British Speedway riding for Reading. Here at the Brandon Stadium he lost only once - to New Zealand Ivan Mauger, the present World Champion, who came joint second.
Mauger is not yet showing world form, so Poland's pleach and Russia's Gordeev may threaten Michanek more.