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.
G.V. CROWD IN STADIUM.
S.V. THE TROPHY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
S.L.V. THE PITS.
S.C.U. PETER CRAVEN OF ENGLAND.
C.U. JOSEF HOFMEISTER OF GERMANY.
L.T.V. PAN START OF THE FIRST RACE OF THE EVENING., BETWEEN J. JANSONN (SWEDEN). A. LAWSON(AUSTRALIA), PETER CRAVEN (ENGLAND) BARRY BRIGGS (NEW ZEALAND).
L.V. PAN ROUND END OF THE FIRST LAP.
L.V. PAN END OF THE SECOND LAP.
S.V. PAN BRIGGS LEADING FROM CRAVEN.
FRONT V. START OF THE LAST LAP.
FRONT V. FIRST BEND LAST LAP.
S.V. PAN BRIGGS IN LEAD.
L.V. PAN FINAL BEND.
FRONT V. FINISH OF RACE. BRIGGS(1) CRAVEN (2) LAWSON (3).
LONG SHOT V. PAN, START OF 8TH. RACE BETWEEN B. BRIGGS NEW ZEALAND J. GERAN (AUSTRALIA). J. HOFMEISTER (GERMANY) R. SORMANDER (SWEDEN).
L.V. PAN END OF FIRST LAP.
FRONT V. START OF SECOND LAP.
S.V. PAN BRIGGS LEADING FROM GERAN.
L.V. PAN RACE IN PROGRESS.
S.L.V. FINISH, ORDER IS. BRIGGS (1) SORMANDER (2), GERAN (3).
G.V. CROWD APPLAUDS.
L. S.V. PAN START OF THE 20th. AND DECIDING RACE OF THE EVENING BETWEEN O. NYGREN (SWEDEN) R. HOW (ENGLAND). K. McKINLAY (SCOTLAND) AND B. BRIGGS. (NEW ZEALAND.)
L.V. PAN RACE IN PROGRESS.
S.V. BRIGGS IN THE LEAD.
S.V. BRIGGS OUT ON HIS OWN. BRIGGS WINS RACE FINISHING ON ONE WHEEL GIVING HIM FIRST PLACE IN CHAMPIONSHIP.
L.V. CROWD WITH BANKER. SUPPORTING "THE ROBINS" (THE SWINDIN CLUB)
S.V. PAN START OF THE RUN-OFF FOR 3RD. PLACE BETWEEN P. CRAVEN AND K. McKINLAY AND A . LAWSON.
S.V.PAN RACE IN PROGRESS.
S.V. PAN P. CRAVEN RASHES.(UNHURT)
L.V. PAN LAWSON RIDING ALONE AFTER McKINLAY ALSO HAS CRASHED.
S.V. PAN LAWSON FLAGGED THE WINNER. THUS GAINING 3RD. POSITION.
S.V. LEFT TO RIGHT O. FUNDIN (SWEDEN), B. BRIGGS (NEW ZEALAND) LAWSON (AUSTRALIA)
G.V. CROWD. APPLAUDING.
S.V. O. LAWSON AND DONALD CAMPBELL WITH THE TROPHY.
SPORT: SPEEDWAY RIDING
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Background: 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.