Speedway--and sixteen British riders are currently touring the Middle East as part of a Masters Tournament.
Speedway--and sixteen British riders are currently touring the Middle East as part of a Masters Tournament. The competition consists of six meetings--two each in Cairo, kuwait and Abu Dhabi. The tour follows speedway's first ever meeting in the Middle East, which took place in Kuwait in November last year. On Wednesday (7 November), the sixteen British riders held the first of two competitions at Zamalek Stadium in Cairo.
SYNOPSIS: Manchester born Chris Morton sprang into the led in the second race of the day. Twenty-six year-old Morton--in the blue helmet--is regarded as one of Britain's most exciting riders and here seemed perfectly at hoe n the Cairo sand surface.
Close behind Morton came Jim McMillan of Scotland and third the Yorkshireman, Ian Cartwright. Speedway was invented by an Australian in 1923 as an added attraction at and agricultural show. It's popularity spread rapidly and by 1939 was established as one of the most important spectator sports in Europe.
Chris Morton successfully maintained his led and finally won this race--to the delight of the crowd.
Behind Joe Own came Jim McMillan again, and Barry Thomas--a former British Junior Champion. At present speedway in Britain is second only to soccer in terms of crowd appeal. Fans of the sport are now hoping that it will also catch on in the Middle East in a big way following the success of this tour. First to take the flag in this race was Joe Owen.