The 1977 Speedway World Team Cup series got under way on Sunday (19 June) in Britain.
SV Start of heat four - Scottish race - and riders crossing line for chequered flag with number 16 Bert Harkins winning (2 shots)
SV AND GV Final of individual competition with number John Davis of England taking early lead and going on to win
CU Winner Davis shaking hands with official
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Background: The 1977 Speedway World Team Cup series got under way on Sunday (19 June) in Britain. The defending champions are Australia but they were pushed into second place by England. Individual champion for the day was Briton John Davis. Four teams competed in the event at Reading in southern England. They were New Zealand, Scotland, Australia and England.
SYNOPSIS: The start of heat four with the four Scottish riders in the individual events. There was a race for each of the competing teams and the best rider from each country went through to the final. The team event for the World Cup series was not affected by the individual competition. Scotland's Bertt Harkins -- number 16 -- did not fare too well in the team races but finished first in his individual event to go through to the final.
Australia's John Boulger joined Harkins in the individual final along with Bruce Cribb of New Zealand and England's John Davis, who was on bike number seven. Boulger was one of Australia's world championship team last year. It was in the first round in 1976 that England were eliminated by the Australians. The defeat came as a surprise as England had won the World Cup for the three previous years.
But the english are confident that they have recovered and can now field a formidable side. At Reading they won the first round of the series with a total of 42 points. The Australians were second with 33, third Scotland with 13 and New Zealand had a total of eight for fourth place. Much of England's success was thanks to John Davis. He won this final, and had good finishes in the team too.
Davis now goes on to the British semi-finals of the world title on the 29th of June.