English speedway rider Peter Collins of Belle Vue, Manchester, broke the track record and won the Wills Internationale speedway trophy at Wimbledon, London, on Monday (27 May) night.
TV PAN Start of heat 17 between Barry Briggs (NZ) No. 1 and Anders Michanek (Sweden) No. 8, John Louis (England) No. 15 & Martin Ashby (England) No. 10. Riders round first lap
LV PAN Final lap Louis wins from Ashby and Michanek
SV PAN Start of heat 19 between Bob Valentine (Australia) No. 3, Peter Collins (England) No. 12, Davis Jessup (England) No. 13 & Ray Wilson (England) No. 6. From the start Collins leads from Wilson and valentine into start of second lap
SV PAN Final lap. Collins wins from Wilson and Valentine with comfortable lead
SV PAN Collins waves to crowd from 'bike after race
CU Ole Olsen (Denmark) No. 5 on line for start of heat
TV PAN Start of heat 20 between Olsen, Dag Lovaas (Norway) No. 11, Phil Crump (Australia) No. 4, and reserve rider No. 18. Olsen leads throughout first lap followed by Crump and Lovaas
TV PAN Finish of race, with Olsen taking easy win
SV Collins, Wilson and Olsen on winners' rostrum
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Background: English speedway rider Peter Collins of Belle Vue, Manchester, broke the track record and won the Wills Internationale speedway trophy at Wimbledon, London, on Monday (27 May) night.
Collins' 59.6-second lap record helped him score 14 points to become the first English rider to win the trophy for five years.
Three runners tied with 12 points for runner-up. So there was a run off to decide the final positions. England's John Louis withdrew. But fellow Englishmen, Ray Wilson of Leicester, beat Denmark's Ole Olsen to second place. Olsen finished third.
The race organisers were criticised because ten of the 18 world class starts who competed had to hurry back from the World's Best Pairs Race in Rodenbachs (West Germany) the day before.
Australians, New Zealanders, Danes, Swedes and Norwegian also competed for the trophy.
The Australians invented speedway in which motorcycle riders ride round a cinder track using their feet as brakes.
Americans and East European now also compete internationally in the sport. Speedway celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year.