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    New Zealand's Barry Briggs retained the World Speedway championship, Wembley Stadium, London, September 22, scoring 15 points from five rides to finish the meeting unbeaten.

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    New Zealand's Barry Briggs retained the World Speedway championship, Wembley Stadium, London, September 22, scoring 15 points from five rides to finish the meeting unbeaten.

    During a thrill-packed meeting the 23-year-old New Zealander beat off strong competition from Ove Fundin of Sweden. Briggs was yards behind Fundin in a vital twelfth heat but put on tremendous pressure in on the last lap, swept past his rival and won in 73.4 seconds - the fastest time of the night.

    Briggs obviously gained confidence from this and won his last two races with 20 yards to spare.

    Fundin took second place with 13 points.

    There was a triple tie for third place between Aub Lawson, of Australia, Peter Craven of England and Scotland's Ken McKinley. In the run off McKinley crashed on the first lap and Craven went down on the second, leaving Lawson with the simple task of crossing the line.

    Craven was the unluckiest rider of the night. Going well until the eleventh heat, his engine failed as he went to the starting gate and he came in last on a spare machine.

    Briggs took a prize of GBP587 10s. in just over seven minutes of actual racing.

    Scorers:- B. Briggs (New Zealand) 15. Ove Fundin (Sweden) 13. A Lawson (Australia) 11. P. Craven (England) 11. K. McKinley (Scotland) 11. O. Nygren (Sweden) 9. R. Moore (New Zealand) 9. R. Johnstone (New Zealand) 8. G. Hussey (England) 7. R. How (England) 7. P. Moore (Australia) 5. M. Broadbanks (England) 5. R. Scrmander (Sweden) 4. J. Geran (Australia) 3. J. Hofmeister (Germany) 2. J. Jansson (Sweden). O.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LCINLQQU7B462D5KXHOMF086
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LCINLQQU7B462D5KXHOMF086
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/09/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:24:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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