England raced to a convincing win in their third speedway Test against the Soviet Union at Wimbledon, England, on Thursday night (1 August).
England raced to a convincing win in their third speedway Test against the Soviet Union at Wimbledon, England, on Thursday night (1 August). The relatively untried English riders scored 71 points to their opponents' 37.
The Soviets showed only fleeting glimpses of winning form, taking only three of the 18 heats. Vladimir Gordeev led for most of the opening heat, but his lead was worn down by England's captain Martin Ashby, who went on to win it. Gregori Chlinovski won the second heat stylishly and the other Soviet victories were by Vladimir and Valeri Gordeev in the 13th and final heats.
For England, the most successful rider was Barry Thomas, who scored a total of 16 points. It was his second top-scoring effort on a London track this season; the first was during England's rout of Poland at Hackney, Thomas' home circuit.
The Soviets obviously lack experience on British tracks, and this showed on Thursday night. In addition, Wimbledon is one of the country's trickiest circuits.
England has won all three Tests against the Soviet Union, giving them an impressive tally for the international season so far. Earlier, there were runway wins against Sweden and Poland.