• Short Summary

    Britain's world
    speedway champion Peter Collins showed his hunger for retaining the title when
    he won the Inter-Continental Final at London's White City on Sunday (21 August).

  • Description

    Britain's world
    speedway champion Peter Collins showed his hunger for retaining the title when
    he won the Inter-Continental Final at London's White City on Sunday (21 August).

    Twenty-three-year old Collins scored a maximum 15 points and goes through to the
    world final at Gothenburg, Sweden in two weeks' time. Among the six other riders
    who also qualified for the final were Ole Olsen of Norway, who scored 13 points,
    and young Australian Billy sanders, who scored 12.

    The others who qualified for the world final in Gothenburg, Sweden on September
    2, were Olsen with 13 points; Billy Sanders, 12 points; Mike Lee of England, 12
    points; John Boulger of Australia, nine points; Mauger of New Zealand, also with
    nine points; and Finn Thomsen of Denmark with eight points. England John Davies
    who gained seven points is the reserve rider.

    SYNOPSIS: With so much to ride for, there were some performances. In his third
    heat of the evening, Ole Olsen (in two-tone helmet and outside position) showed
    the skill that has earned him two world championships. He broke the track record
    of 70 seconds that he and Peter Collins had previously held.

    Olsen won from veteran New Zealander Ivan Mauger (in the light helmet). Mauger,
    37, has himself been world champion four times, and has qualified for the
    finals.

    In the following heat, Olsen, wearing Number 15 was pitted against Collins,
    wearing Number 1. Collins had the advantage of riding from the inside position
    but Olsen had the edge in experience, having ridden with great success on
    English tracks for the past 10 years. Like any champion, Olsen was not daunted
    by memories of how badly he fared at these Inter-Continental finals last year,
    when he failed to qualify for the world final. But he could not hold the
    super-confident Collins, who roared away for his third win of the evening, with
    Olsen in second place.

    In this heat, watch for the cool Australian rider, Billy Sanders, wearing Number
    15 and the blue helmet. Sanders, who's only 21 and hails from Sydney, was
    seeking a place in the world finals for the first time, as were his three rivals
    in this heat. They lacked the finesse to coax as much from their machines as
    Olsen and Collins but made up for this with zeal and daring. Sanders held on to
    win from Number 3, finn Thomsen of Denmark.

    After the heats were over, the evening belonged to Collins, who collected a
    medal and $500 (US dollars 865) fro his victory.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9HYKGRR9GDLJYG8SQFSKUPT2R
    Media URN:
    VLVA9HYKGRR9GDLJYG8SQFSKUPT2R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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