Britain won the World Team Championships in speedway at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday (15 September).
Britain won the World Team Championships in speedway at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday (15 September). They were competing against the world's other three top speedway nations, Poland, Sweden and the U.S.S.R.
The result was 1st Britain (37 points); 2nd Sweden (31 points) and third U.S.S.R. (20 points).
Britain's victory -- which took them to a hat-trick -- owed much to up-and-coming youngster 20-years-old Peter Collins of the Oelle Vue Club (Manchester). In his first ride in the second heat he stormed to a win in a new Wembley track record time.
At the stage, they were already leading through a first heat win by Terry Betts (Kings Lynn) and a second place by Ray Wilson (Leicester) in the third heat -- won by Poland's Jerzy Szczakiel -- put them firmly into the lead. They never lost it and, after a strong Swedish challenge in the next few rounds, consolidated their domination to win by six points at the end of the sixteenth heat.
SYNOPSIS: The start to the World Speedway Team Championships at London's Wembley Stadium, an unlucky start for Poland's Pawel Waloszek who came off at the first bend.
And on the lat lap of heat one, Britain's Terry Betts beats Vladimir Gordeev of the Soviet Union to start the British team off with a lead they never lost. Third was Sweden's Tommy Jansson.
Three quarters of the way through and Britain is still leading as heat twelve is run. They kept the lead although Sweden's Bernt Persson won the heat followed by Terry Betts of Britain and the Soviet Union's Vladmiri Paznikov.
Now heat 14 with Britain leading by four points and their up and coming ace, twenty-years-old Peter Collins of Belle Vus takes command. In the second the -- his first ride of the evening - he'd stormed to a win in a new Wembley track record time. He'd also won his other two rides in heat sight and heat eleven and he kept up the record on this, his final ride of the evening. The result of the heat -- first Peter Collins, second Zenon Plech of Poland, and third Vladmiri Paznikov of the Soviet Union.
So at the end, a victorious British team completing a hat trick for their country.