NEWS 2015 - from South Africa and the wider speedway world.


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12.12.2015:    WSRC Awards Evening, Rosettenville
   "A good time was had by all
" at the WSRC's 2015 End-of-Season party night, held this year at the Regents Hill Bowling Club in Rosettenville. Formal presentations
were made of trophies won on the race track during the course of the year, plus club awards to the top point scorers of each race Class, (see list, rt.) Special meritorious awards for  'Commitment to Speedway', 'Most Improved Rider' and 'Sportsman of the Year' were presented to Lance Curtis, Kian Lawrenson and The Flat Track Team respectively. The thanks of everyone are given for the work of Bobby, Donna and Clyde Devine for their work in making a success of the evening.   Photography by Gizmo Snaps
      Blake Levey (PeeWees)                               Marcus v.d. Merwe (Speedway)                  Lance Curtis (Flat Track)



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6.12.2015 Walkerville: SA Sidecar National Final 
   
      Konrad Britz and jockey Kosie Botha are the 2015 South African Dirt Oval Sidecar Speedway Champions. In this third and final round they had to concede 2 of the 3 races to Derrick Hilliar, whose absence from the initial round in March cost him the accolade. In the solo speedway support events Neil Pettit (photo rt.) was unbeaten and took both the Henry Long Flying Lap Challenge and the Buddy Fuller Memorial Trophy, while John Sullivan took the Henry Long Trophy as the top
'Speedway Star 'B' class' rider.
    In the Flying Lap event, where riders individually race against the clock on their second lap, Mario van der Merwe l
ost control in corner 1 and went into the wall back first. He was checked out at hospital where bad bruising to his back was confirmed but no serious damage done. On the 315 metre circuit Byron Bekker's time was just 0.11sec. behind that of Pettit's. Mario's injury and other riders' equipment issues reduced the field in subsequent heats where handicapping was applied.
    A low turn out in the Flat Track and Quad classes reduced the field but not the expected results as Lyle Kotz again was unbeaten, with Mssrs Farrell and Whiting close behind. Justin and Angeline Swanepoel scooped the Mens and the Womens Quad prizes respectively, and in festive spirit, a good time was had by all, especially thanks to the appearance of Santa.   CCJ    FULL RESULTS
      Below: L>R: Lyle Kotz, Kallie Britz, Konrad Brits leading.  (Photography by Gizmo Snaps.)


 
Sidecars   
SA Nat'l Final




Speedway










Flat Track
& Quads


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           WSRC's  Next Events,   concluding the 2015 Season : -

Next  Sunday  DECEMBER 6th
Race meeting: 
-  South African National
Sidecar Speedway Championship, 
( - Final round.  )

    The season at Walkerville Raceway concludes with the 3rd and Final round of the Dirt Oval Sidecar Speedway SA National Championship next Sunday.
    Just 2 points separate the top three pairs, so the gold could go to any combo; Konrad Britz' cumulative total of 14pts from the previous rounds put him one point ahead of Kallie, with Derrick 2Dogz Hilliar on 12pts, having been unbeaten in his one championship outing last August. Will reigning champs Edwin & Estelle Butler upset the leaders? Be sure to turn up to cheer on your favourite.
    Quads, Flat-Trackers and PeeWees will complement the Solo Speedway heats in a full and thrilling race programme to see out the year.  Tapes up at 13H00. Be there !




Saturday  DECEMBER 12th

Annual Speedway Year-End Function,
Regent Hill Bowling Club,
12.12.2015


            

The WSRC's annual End-of-Season function will be held this year at the Regent Hill Bowling Club, 5th Avenue, The Hill, on SATURDAY 12th December. The event will include dinner and entertainment, and the cost of tickets is R100 per head, with free admittance for children under 3 years of age. 
A cash bar will operate. Dress style: your favourite Christmas attire !

 For tickets email Donna at donnadevine04@live.com They will also be on sale at the track at the upcoming 'Legends of the Past' race day being held on 29 November.  For any further information, please don't hesitate to contact
Donna Devine on 078 668 5816 or donnadevine04@live.com .

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29.11.2015, Walkerville: “Legends of the Past”

     It was a day for renewing old friendships as former riders turned out en masse for the 'Legends of the Past' meeting. John Robertson, Bradley Zeeman, Wayne Boltman, Johnno v Wyk, Owen Botha, Colin Aiken, John Alsopp amongst others had a field day, but it was Grant Foley, runner-up in the SA National championship of 1993, that found it all to irresistible, - he took his Yamaha out in the Flat Track events, he lapped the track on a GM speedway machine, and he competed in the Sidecar races as chair-man to 2Dogz Hilliar!
     In the serious stuff of speedway racing Neil Pettit took top honours, beaten only by brother-in-law Gio Nunes, whilst Irishman John Sullivan on his annual visit to the Republic took the 'B' Division prize.  Kallie Britz, partnered by JP Botha was unbeaten in the sidecar events, while Lyle Kotz triumphed in the Flat-Track class with 2 wins from three rides after the aforementioned 53-year old Mr. Foley won Ht.11.
     Bryan Herbst and Michael Bosman took the Banshee and men's 450 Quads prize money respectively though Jackie Ferreira showed MB the way home as the unchallenged and unbeaten 450s winner.    CCJ    FULL RESULTS
      Photography by Artphil.com, and others.                                                    


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    How to build (and dismantle) a speedway track in 2 minutes; -
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      Next Meeting at Walkerville Raceway
    Sunday,  Nov. 29th  2015, 
   from 1pm.

   'LEGENDS of the PAST
featuring 

Speedway, 
Sidecars,
Flat Tracks,  Quads
and 
PeeWees

- R20.00 gets you entrance to a day filled with
  adrenalin pumping racing and a well priced bar
  and fast food service.  

- Gates open from 10H30,
Tapes up at 13H00
- We look forward to seeing you there.
GPS co-ordinates :   S26 24 17,   E27 57 48.


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16.11.2015:  Speedway Grand Prix Venues for 2016 World Championship
     FIM have confirmed the following venues and dates for the Grand Prix Series for next year's World Championship : -
           Krosko, Slovenia    April 30                                   Gorzow, Poland      Aug. 27
           Warsaw, Poland     May 14                                    Teterow, Germany  Sept. 10
           Horsten, Denmark  June 11                                   Stockholm, Sweden  Sept. 24
           Prague, Czechia    June 25                                   Torun, Poland             Oct. 1st
           Cardiff, Gt.Britain   July 9                                       Melbourne, Australia  Oct. 22
           Malilla, Sweden     Aug. 13

   There will be 11 meetings in the series, with new venue Teterow in Germany replacing Tampere and Daugavpils. (Participating riders are listed below in the News item of October 31st.)


   The Speedway World Cup (SWC), the team World Championship, will be concluded in the UK at the new National Speedway Stadium, Belle Vue, in Manchester.   It will stage the Race-Off and the Final on consecutive days in July, - Fri & Sat. 29th & 30th - , after qualifiers in Denmark and Sweden on the preceding Sat. and Tues, 23rd and 26th July. Participating teams for the qualifier meetings are still to be announced: Team GB will be seeded directly to the Final at Belle Vue.
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7.11.2015 Walkerville, Gauteng,  - Syndicate Sidewinders Bash:
    - Walkerville Wizards v. SSRC Rebels

   The extreme weather being experienced in the Jo'burg area of late, - a daily 30-35C in this city, 39C in Pretoria, and no respite forecast until next Friday - , brought a premature end to Saturday's special Syndicate team race meeting, compounded by the failure of the water tanker, such that the extremely dusty conditions that developed made it unwise to continue the solo speedway heats.
     The re-appearance of former SA champs Martin Bekker and Brendan Coughlan in the 'SSRC Rebels' team promised much, pitched up against the stars of today, cousin Byron B. and Neil Pettit, but it was unfortunate that racing had to be curtailed before the resurgents had chance to find their old pace once more. After the forth heat of team racing had to be awarded with the score standing at 14-10 to the 'Walkerville Wizards', the winners were declared, Wizards recipients of the Syndicate's prize.
       Below:  Byron Bekker leads Neil Pettit;     Pettit emerges from the dust:    Flat-Trackers use headlights !


    Six sidecar teams battled for the day's combo prize. Young Konrad Britz took a nasty tumble on lap 2 of the 'cars first race,
and was nailed by dad Kallie, (see video below.)  Both riders and jockeys were okay but Kallie's damaged bike meant he couldn't come out again. Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar and Edwin Butler took a race win each and in the the final deciding match race between the two it was 2Dogz who experience showed.
     Shawn Nell claimed the Flat-Track prize money with 2 wins from 3 races, with Rob Whiting again in the placings: only once this season has he not been placed on the day.   RESULTS CCJ
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    He's ridden 2-wheels, Speedway and Flat Track, with success as well as chairing for sidecars, but today, having less success piloting a 3-wheel combo Lyle Kotze  (Rt,) turned his hand to
the 1-wheel class to demonstrate his wide range of abilities !

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Wat n unlucky first race

Posted by Konrad Spike on Wednesday, 11 November 2015
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NEXT MEETING
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Sidewinders Syndicate
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Speedway Team Match,

'Walkerville Wizards'

   versus
'Southern Speedway Riders Club Rebels'.
plus Australian Sidecar speedway


SATURDAY  NOV. 7th  2015
Gates open 09H00, Tapes up 13H00

GPS co-ordinates :   S26 24 17,   E27 57 48.

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31.10.2015: Line-Up for 2016 World Championship Grand Prix

    The FIM have announced the line up for next season's Speedway Grand Prix Series. The top 8 finishers at the conclusion of this year's Series automatically qualify plus the top 3 from the GP Challenge qualifier in Rybnik last month, namely Zmarzlik, Piotr Pawlicki and Harris.
    Four 'wild card' places complete the regular line-up of 15, and have been awarded to Series ninth-man Peter Kindlemand, injury-hit Jaroslaw Hampel, (who Kindlemand replaced in the this year's series,) and Swedish pair Andreas Jonsson and Antonio Lindback. 16th place is filled by a local wild card, e.g. for UK, the winner of the British Final,
(or the highest Brit not already in the Series.)

      Top 8
1 Tai Woffinden (Great Britain)
2 Greg Hancock (United States)
3 Nicki Pedersen (Denmark)
4 Niels-Kristian Iversen (Denmark)
5 Jason Doyle (Australia)
6 Matej Zagar (Slovenia)
7 Maciej Janowski (Poland)
8 Chris Holder (Australia)

Wild Cards & Challenge:

9 Peter Kildemand (Denmark)
10 Andreas Jonsson (Sweden)
11 Chris Harris (Great Britain)
12 Jaroslaw Hampel (Poland)
13 Bartosz Zmarzlik (Poland)
14 Piotr Pawlicki (Poland)

15 Antonio Lindback (Sweden)
16 LOCAL WILD CARD)


Nominated Subs:

19 Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden)
20 Michael Jepsen Jensen (Dk)
21 Vaclav Milik (Czech Republic)


The Line-up for 2016 is therefore made up of: -
   4 Poles, 3 Danes, 2 from Gt.Britain, Australia and Sweden, plus one each from USA and Slovenia, with
the full calendar of venues still to be concluded. (Confirmed are Warsaw, Horsen DK, Prague, Cardiff and Melbourne.)   CCJ

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    Earlier today (Saturday 31st,) at Mildura in Victoria, Australia, the young Polish team won the Final of the

FIM Under-21 Speedway World Team Championship.

  - Poland    50, (
Bartosz Zmarzlik 15 max, Piotr Pawlicki 15 max,
                           Maksym Drabik 13, Pawel Przedpelski 7,
)
 
- Denmark 39, (Nicolaj Busk Jakobsen 15, Mikkel Bech 14,
                            Mikkel Michelsen 6, Anders Thomsen 4,)

  - Australia 29, (Nick Morris 12, Brady Kurtz 7,
                            Max Fricke 6, Jack Holder4,)

  - Germany  5,. (Erik Riss 2, Mark Riss 2,
                            Michael Hartel 1, Valentin Grobauer 0.)


CCJ
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25.10.2015  Walkerville, Gauteng: Quads & Flat Track Day

    It was 'Quads & Flat Track Day' at Walkerville this week-end, which saw Rocco Bauman and Andries Ferreira take First prizes in their respective Quad classes and Rob Whiting the Flat Track money after conceding his first ride to eventual runner-up Hennie Human. Lance Curtis took third prize.
    Neil Pettit was unbeaten in the Speedway class with 3 race wins, with Grant Frank in second spot with a win and two second places. Husband and wife Edwin & Estelle Butler made a welcome return to the Raceway and took the Sidecar prize money with 2 wins, conceding one race to the Britz crews, dad Kallie and son Konrad, as they struggled with their Kawasaki combo.  CCJ  FULL RESULTS













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Racing returns to the Walkerville dirt oval in just 2 weeks time, on SATURDAY Nov. 7th with an all-speedway meeting, - solos and sidecars - , for the Syndicate Sidewinders Bash, staging an ever-popular speedway team match, when 'Walkerville Wizards' take on the 'Southern Speedway Riders Club Rebels', plus demos by
V8 Sprint Cars.   Don't miss it;  gates open at 09H00, tapes up at 13H00, - a SATURDAY, remember !

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24.10.2015 Melbourne SGP:   Unbeaten Hancock
Secures the Silver Medal
    In the twelveth and final Speedway Grand Prix of the season in the magnificent Etihad Stadium in Melbourne city centre, Australia, Greg Hancock went through the card unbeaten this morning to secure 2nd place in this year's FIM World Speedway Championship as Nicki Pedersen's challenge fizzled out and the Dane had to settle for the Bronze. Without a single heat win Pedersen failed even to make the Semi's.
    Tai Woffinden, (already declared World Champ by virtue of his unassailable lead of 25pts,) and Peter Kildemand both had 12pts after the qualifying heats but neither progressed through SF2 as the new champ fell on lap 2 and was hence excluded, and the Dane trailed in behind Iversen and Janowski in the rerun. That meant that his season's aggregate score placed him one place short of the 8 automatic qualifiers for 2016 but he surely must be awarded the Wild Card given that he took part in 3 less SGPs than the others after being drafted late into the competition in place of the injured Jaroslav Hampel.  
    The established Aussie favourites Troy Batchelor, 2013 Aussie Champ, and 2012 world champ Chris Holder, with just 2 points each, gave the local crowd of 26,600 little to cheer through the evening, - Saturday morning for the live watchers and listeners in South Africa and UK. The late blossoming Jason Doyle, in his first GP series at 30 years of age, with 2 heat wins and a 2nd place Semi behind Hancock, keep the 'Roos tail up by qualifying for the Grand Final but in an awful-looking first bend pile-up he came off worst when he, Hancock and Janowski all went down (see Highlights video.) The Aussie was stretchered off, momentarily unconscious and unable to take part in the rerun. In the last race of the night and of the season Hancock, the 45-year-old American and winner of the only other Australian SGP in 2002, lead from the gate, as he had done in his previous 4 rides, to claim the night's trophy and the 2015 Silver Medal.   CCJ
  HIGHLIGHTS VIDEO   GRAND FINAL VIDEO
Doyle Update: Jason Doyle's condition in the Royal Melbourne Hospital is reported to be stable. "Jason is awake, alert and in a stable condition. As a result of the crash, he has sustained neck and chest injuries, (punctured lung and broken vertebrae,) which are stable. He will receive continued care over the coming days. He is in good spirits.”

AUSTRALIAN FIM GRAND PRIX

1st: Greg Hancock (21pts), 2nd: Niels-Kristian Iversen (15pts),
3rd: Maciej Janowski (11pts),
Peter Kildemand 13, Tai Woffinden 12, Andreas Jonsson 12, Jason Doyle 11,  Krzysztof Kasprzak 9, Michael J Jensen 7, Nicki Pedersen 7, Matej Zagar 7, Tomas H Jonasson 4, Chris Holder 2, Troy Batchelor 2, Chris Harris 0.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL SCORES
1st: Tai Woffinden GB 163, 2nd: Greg Hancock USA 147, 3rd: Nicki Pedersen DK 131,    Niels-Kristian Iversen DK 120, Jason Doyle AU 114, Matej Zagar SLV 107, Maciej Janowski PL 106, Chris Holder AU 95,   THE FOREGOING ALL QUALIFY AUTOMATICALLY FOR THE 2016 SERIES.
Peter Kildemand DK 92,
Andreas Jonsson SW 88, Michael J Jensen DK 84, Troy Batchelor AU 59, Chris Harris GB 55, Tomas H Jonasson  SW 55, Krzysztof Kasprzak PL 45, Jaroslaw Hampel PL 31, Antonio Lindback SW 20, Bartosz Zmarzlik PL 17.
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Next Meeting at Walkerville Oval,
           
Sunday,  Oct. 25th  2015,
from 1pm.

   QUADS & FLAT TRACK DAY  
supported by 

Speedway,
Sidecars
and
PeeWees

            
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COUNTRY
United Kingdom
  -
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Sweden
Denmark
Poland
Germany
Czechia
Russia
   plus
USA
Australia
New Zealand

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION
Tai Woffinden
  -  (U21 - Kyle Howarth0
  -  (U19 - Josh Bates)
Antonio Lindback
Niels K,Iversen
Maciej Janowski
Martin Smolinski
Vaclav Milik
Andrei Kudryashov
  -
Billy Janniro
Jason Doyle
James Sargeant

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
EL: Poole
PL: Edinburgh
NL: Birmingham
Vetlanda
Munkebo
Unia Leszno
Stralsund
ZP Pardubice
Vladivostok
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     n/a
     n/a
     n/a       .


18.10.2015: European Speedway End of Season Round-Up
     With the second leg of the UK's Premier League Championship Play-Off (between Scottish rivals Glasgow  and Edinburgh,) concluded yesterday the results of all Europe's 2015 speedway championships, Individual and League, have been concluded and are as follows:

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     Poole Pirates, skippered by 2012 World Champ Chris Holder and with
former U21 World Champ  Maciej Janowski as top scorer, thus achieved their third consecutive Elite League Championship. Swedish speedway Champs Vetlanda, 4-times winners in 6 years, are led by Tai Woffinden, and Polish club Unia Leszno feature Nicki Pedersen and Emil Sayfutdinov.
   On the individual front, Woffinden took his 3rd British senior title, Iversen and Smolinski their 4th national titles and Billy Janniro his 6th US AMA championship. (Greg Hancock doesn't presently race in the States but his 8 titles constitute the American record.) It was their first national titles for the other listed solo champs.   CCJ

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3.10.2015, Torun, Poland:     TAI WOFFINDEN IS THE 2015 WORLD CHAMPION

    25 year old Tai Woffinden is the World Speedway Champion 2015, only the second Englishman to win the title twice, (Peter Craven being the other.) With just 8 points from tonight's SGP in Poland, the same as nearest challenger Greg Hancock, his overall score of 151 against Hancock's 126 with one more final Grand Prix in Australia remaining, means that he is unassailable.
    The meeting was won by former champ Nicki Pedersen whose 19pts puts him only 2 points behind the American Hancock. The Silver medal thus remains to be fought for Down Under.
   After the heats the top scorers were the Dane and the Australian Jason Doyle, both on 13, followed by Jonsson, Holder and Kildemand, all with double figures. But with 4 riders on 8pts, countback meant Wuffy with 1 heat win failed to qualify while Grin, (Hancock,) with 2 got through. The Yank's failure to then score any more points therefore handed the young Brit the world title at this penultimate stage!
   The Final, with Iversen, Doyle, Pedersen and Janowski, proved an exciting close race that went all the way to the flag as JD,NP and MJ battled each other for the lead in blanket proximity. Into the last lap Doyle, on his Polish 'home' track, got past Pedersen but the 3-times former champ squeezed past down the back straight as 'bars clipped and he hung on to take the flag and the Grand Prix by a wheel.  CCJ
   FINAL VIDEO    VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
POLISH FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Torun
Nicki Pedersen 19 (1st), Jason Doyle 18 (2nd), Maciej Janowski 11 (3rd), Niels-Kristian Iversen 10 (4th), Andreas Jonsson 11, Chris Holder 11, Peter Kildemand 11, Greg Hancock 8, Tai Woffinden 8, Piotr Pawlicki 7, Matej Zagar 7, Michael J Jensen 5, Tomas H Jonasson 5, Troy Batchelor 3, Chris Harris 3, Krzysztof Kasprzak 1.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 11 of 12)
Tai Woffinden 151, Greg Hancock 126, Nicki Pedersen 124, Niels-Kristian Iversen 105, Jason Doyle 103, Matej Zagar 100, Maciej Janowski 95, Chris Holder 93, Peter Kildemand 79, Michael J Jensen 77, Andreas Jonsson 76, Troy Batchelor 57, Chris Harris 55, Tomas H Jonasson 51, Krzysztof Kasprzak 36, Jaroslaw Hampel 31, Antonio Lindback 20, Bartosz Zmarzlik 17.

   


Tai Woffinden Roll of Honour:
 World Champion: 2013, 2015,
 British Champion: 2013,2014,2015,
 British U21 Champion: 2008, 2011
 British U18 Champion: 2007, 2008,
 West.Australia U16 Champ: 2006.
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27.9.2015 Walkerville, Gauteng:  Returning Cole Takes the Golden Helmet
    Jason Cole, on a return home visit made a rare one-off appearance at the Walkerville Raceway and on a hot and dusty Sunday afternoon the former U21 champ capped his day by winning the Danie Fourie Golden Helmet. Grant Frank took the 'B' Class Speedway Final for the Silver Sash.
     In the heats after 3 rides each holder Neil Pettit was unbeaten, with Mario van der Merwe one point behind, but in the deciding Final both fell in turn. Pettit, down in lap 2, was able to race down the remounted Mario, (down in lap 1,) and in turn brother Marcus van der Merwe, but he couldn't retrieve the lead from Cole.
    In the Sidecar Class, Derrek '2Dogz' Hilliar scored 3 wins and a second, coming in behind Konrad Britz in his final ride for 11pts. Lyle Kotz won 2 of the Flat Track races to top score with 50pts, the other heat winners being Lance Curtis and Rinus Landberg, and brothers Dylan and Bryan Herbst took their respective Quad classes' prize money.  CCJ   FULL RESULTS  t.b.c.
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     Updated fixtures for the remainder of the 2015 season can be seen on the Fixtures & Results page.
The next raceday at Walkerville on October 25th will be the 'Quads & Flat Track Day', which will primarily feature these classes, with speedway solos and sidecars in programme support roles.
Two weeks later, on SATURDAY Nov. 7th, the Sidewinders' Syndicate Bash will be for Speedway and Sidecar classes only, when a team match, with Walkerville Wizards versus SSRC Rebels as the main feature, plus V8 Sprint Car demos.
Make a note in your diary for these special events, which are sure to thrill. 
Tapes up at 13H00.  See you there!
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  Dennis Newton:  In retrospect, it is now possible to factually confirm the passing of Dennis Newton, 5-times South African speedway champion of the 'Sixties, and Open Champion 1973/74, a record title count, never bettered.  After suffering a stroke in Spain in 2012 (reported concurrently on this site,) he returned to South Africa, his adopted homeland but just 6 months later, while waiting at the airport to board a flight to the UK he collapsed and died in the terminal building, aged 84.
   Born in London, Dennis first rode in the Union in 1956 and became a regular visitor, one of the few riders to continue here after the difficulties of the early '60s, taking naturalization and winning his first SA Championship in the '63/'64 season. After a season in Britain in 1966 he returned to stay in the new Republic, accumulating his 5 titles in 7 years. With the Open title of  '73/'74 as a sixth, won at Hoy Park, Durban, he then retired from racing at the age of 44.   
CCJ     
                     Dennis Newton,  London 2.3.1929 – Johannesburg 9.5.2013
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26.9.2015, Swedish GP, Stockholm:  It's Woffinden & Hancock again as Pedersen falls further back.

    Mssrs Woffinden and Hancock again stood atop the rostrum at the Swedish SGP in Hancock's adopted summer homeland and maintained their relative positions at the head of the World Championship points table. Nicki Pedersen's poor night, - he failed to win a heat and consequently failed the Semi's - , meant that though still in third spot he is now further from the leaders and closer to 4th man, the rising Niels Kristian Iversen, current Danish champ. National champ of the past 4 years, NKI is just 10 points away, with 2 more rounds to go before the World Champion is crowned in Australia at the final Melbourne Grand Prix, - but which could be resolved in Torun in 7 days time!
    Whilst Hancock, aka 'Grin', made the early running with 6 pts from 2 rides, Wuffy had a poor start to the evening, falling on the first bend of Ht.4 when he attempted a move, got it wrong and came down. Lucky not to have been excluded and 'All-4-back', he made no gain, coming last in the re-run, then was second behind 2012 Champ Chris Holder in Ht.5. He dropped only one point in his subsequent 3 rides, Grin scoring 6. Totals after the heats: Hancock 12, NKI 11, Woffinden 10,  Pedersen 7.
    The other Brit in the series, Chris Harris, had his best GP of the season, winning his last ride and so making the Semi's, only to be brought down in that by Peter Kindlemand, who was excluded from the rerun. The Final saw a spectrum line up of an American, a Brit, a Dane and a Pole, the young 'Magic' Janowski. Woffinden jumped the initial start and at the second attempt lead from bend 1, with Hancock passing Janowski down the back-straight. Iversen battled with the Pole on lap 2 and held on to third place to the flag.
    FINAL VIDEO    FULL MEETING   
FIM STOCKHOLM GRAND PRIX, Sweden.
Tai Woffinden 16 (1st), Greg Hancock 16 (2nd), Niels-Kristian Iversen 14 (3rd), Maciej Janowski 12 (4th), Andreas Jonsson 10, Peter Kildemand 9, Chris Harris 9, Jason Doyle 8, Nicki Pedersen 7, Tomas H Jonasson 6, Michael J Jensen 6, Antonio Lindback 6, Krzysztof Kasprzak 6, Troy Batchelor 5, Chris Holder 4, Matej Zagar 4.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 10 of 12)
Tai Woffinden 143, Greg Hancock 118, Nicki Pedersen 105, Niels-Kristian Iversen 95, Matej Zagar 93, Jason Doyle 85, Maciej Janowski 84, Chris Holder 82, Michael J Jensen 72, Peter Kildemand 68, Andreas Jonsson 65, Troy Batchelor 54, Chris Harris 52, Tomas H Jonasson 46, Krzysztof Kasprzak 35, Jaroslaw Hampel 31, Antonio Lindback 20, Bartosz Zmarzlik 17.
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Next Meeting at Walkerville Oval,

. . Sunday,  Sept. 27  2015, 
from 1pm.
 

 -  The Danie Fourie  GOLDEN HELMET, 
and
The SILVER SASH


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21.9.2015: Busy Weekend in Europe as Six Speedway Titles Decided
   - Morizes, France: Long Track World Champion, Jannick de Jong NL
   - Ostrow, Poland: European Champion,  Emil Sayfutdinov RUS
   - Pardubice, Czech Rpl.: U21 World Champion, Bartosz Zmarlik POL 
   -         “              “     : Golden Ribbon, Max Fricke  AUS
   -         “              “     : Golden Helmet, Jurica Pavlic CRO  (photo rt.)
   -  Prague,          “     : Lubos Tomicek Memorial,  Przemyslaw Pawlicki.

Much activity this weekend in the Czech Republic plus France and Poland as the season draws to a close and a number of individual speedway titles are decided. Three of the titles were raced for in Pardubice, Czechia, in a bonanza 3-day meeting which concluded with the famous Golden Helmet event, first raced for in 1929.
       Long Track World Champion was Dutchman Jannick de Jong, winner of Saturday's 4th and final Grand Prix at Morizes, France, - though it should be noted that early leader and former 4x champ Joonas Kylmakorpi, winner of Rds.1 & 2, had a premature end to his season after sustaining a back injury riding speedway in Denmark in August. After starting the day win 2 wins the form of last year's champ Erik Riss tailed off, coming in last in the Final, fifth on the day, and Silver medalist overall. 
      European Champion for a second successive year was Emil Sayfutdinov. The Russian, who is not taking part in the SGP World event, won 2 of the 4 rounds, as did Silver medalist Nicki Pedersen. Antonio Lindback, he of the rasta hairstyle, was third.
      U21 World Champion of 2015 is Bartosz Zmarlik of Poland. Though the 20 year old didn't win any of the 3 rounds his 39 aggregate points total bettered that of  Mikkel Michelsen, the winner of rounds 1 and 3, in Lonigo, Italy and here in Pardubice. The Dane took the Bronze Medal, being  unlucky to shed a chain in a run-off for the runner-up spot, a repeat of his last ride in Rd.2 where his lowly 6 points (from 2 rides, then 2 n.f's,) lost him the title.
      The Golden Ribbon adorned Australian Max Fricke in Pardubice on Friday. Aussie U21 champ Fricke went on to finish 5th in the final U21 round the next day, and 6th overall.
      The Golden Helmet, - 'Zlata Prilba' - , was handed to Jurica Pavlic of Croatia when the previously unbeaten Pole Patryk Dudek's machine failed on the last lap of the Grand Final.  Raced on a large, wide, 391m circuit with 6 riders per heat, the Pardubice Golden Helmet is a highly prestigious event of unique format with a field of 36 competitors. They meet in eliminating groups, after which top seeded riders enter at the quarter-finals stage. As well as the much-coveted Helmet, which the winners gets to keep, he also receives a brand new Jawa speedway machine. History + prev. winners    Full video (first race at 24min.)
      The Lubos Tomicek Memorial meeting on Monday was won by Przemyslaw Pawlicki of Poland, (photo rt.). Nicki Pedersen was 3rd.   Tomicek Snr., (son and grandson L.T.II and L.T.III also rode speedway,) died in 1968 from injuries sustained in the final of the Pardubice Golden Helmet, and a special memorial meeting has been held in Prague every year since.  At the time of his death he was the leading Czechoslovak speedway rider, captain of the capital's team Red Star Prague, as well as of the national Czech team, having been national Czechoslovak champion for 5 consecutive years.    Previous winners


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12.9.2015, Krsko, Slovenia: Greg & Tai control the Grand Prix
    American Greg Hancock took the Slovenian Speedway Grand Prix with a night's faultless if unexciting riding, content to concede just one chequered flag in his last qualifying heat. Championship leader Tai Woffinden was one point behind the Sweden-based Yank with 13 heat points, and in the Final 45-year-old Hancock's faultless gating once more secured his race win and the night's trophy after we'd seen the young British-born Aussie-raised Woffinden demonstrate his cool calculated race control in SF2 by passing first Niels-Kristian Iversen on lap 3 then steal the win from Nicki Pedersen on the line.
    Wuffy holds a 25-pt lead after what was for him a great evening's racing. Many consider him to be the cleverest rider around for quite a while, he being confident in the knowledge that, with a very fast engine he can pass as and when the opportunity presents itself, not risking the season and the crown that seems likely to await him. Though winning only one Final thus far this season, he has made 7 such appearances, against Pedersen's 5, Zagar's 4 and Hancock's 2, steadily piling up the points. 
    The evening started with the 2 Swedes, Jonsson and Jonasson being excluded in their initial rides, Hts. 1 & 2, whilst in Ht.3 Hancock, from  gate 3, pulled just enough in front to get around Wuffy on bend 2, which was how it stayed. The Brit conceded his second heat point to the other rostrum-placed man, Peter Kindlemand, in Ht.15. Meanwhile last year's World No.2 Krzysztof Kasprzak had another wasted  night, failing to score in 4 rides, (giving up after one lap in his forth heat,) before gating in front of two other bottom riders and win Ht.20. He sits now in 16th position in the Championship points table, while Hancock, the current World Champ, has moved up into second place, 4pts. ahead of Pedersen.  CCJ.
   
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS    FINAL     FULL SGP 
FIM SLOVENIAN GRAND PRIX, Krsko:
Greg Hancock 20 (1st), Tai Woffinden 18 (2nd), Peter Kildemand 13 (3rd), Nicki Pedersen 13 (4th), Niels-Kristian Iversen 11, Jason Doyle 11, Chris Holder 9, Troy Batchelor 9, Maciej Janowski 9, Matej Zagar 8, Andreas Jonsson 4, Chris Harris 4, Krzysztof Kasprzak 3, Michael J Jensen 2, Tomas H Jonasson 2, Aleksander Conda 1, Denis Stojs 1 (reserve).
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after Rd.9 of 12)
Tai Woffinden 127, Greg Hancock 102, Nicki Pedersen 98, Matej Zagar 89, Niels-Kristian Iversen 81, Chris Holder 78, Jason Doyle 77, Maciej Janowski 72, Michael J Jensen 66, Peter Kildemand 59, Andreas Jonsson 55, Troy Batchelor 49, Chris Harris 43.
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30.8.2015, Walkerville, Gauteng:  Boet Strydom Best Pairs
    Exciting racing and a few hefty crashes are what brought the Walkerville speedway track alive on a fine Sunday afternoon in a challenge between Walkerville Speedway Club (WSC) and the Southern Speedway Riders Club - Rebels (SSRC). Six 2-man teams in two separate groups contested a qualifying round of races with the two top teams from each group progressing through to the semi finals with the winners of the semi finals going head to head in the final.
Group A was made up of the following teams;
  'Toms Alley Cats': - Lyle Kotze / Robin Brill ( SSRC)
   Neil Petit / Peter Buck (WSC)
   Gio Nunes / Marco v.d. Merwe (WSC)
Group B was made up of the following teams;
  'Team Assured Freight Services': - Byron Bekker / Justin Steyn (SSRC)
    Mario v.d. Merwe / Grant Frank (WSC)
   'Mondeor Veterinary Clinic': - Mac Magill / Jannie de Jager (SSRC).
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The teams qualifying from the Group stage and into the semi finals were:
   # 1) Kotze / Brill,   # 2) Petit / Buck,  # 4) Bekker / Steyn, 
# 5) Mario v.d. Merwe / Grant.
SEMI FINAL 1
Kotze / Brill vs. Bekker / Steyn.   Steyn crashed out bringing the race to a halt and forcing a re run. Bekker won the race for 'Team Assured Freight Services' but the 2nd and 3rd places for 'Team - Toms Alley Cats' was enough to see the into the final.
SEMI FINAL 2
Mario v.d. Merwe / Frank vs. Petit / Buck.   Petit won the race but again as in the 1st semi the 2nd and 3rd places were enough to get v.d. Merwe / Grant through to the final with Buck finishing in 4th.
FINAL
Kotze / Brill vs. v.d.Merwe / Frank. Young Robin Brill who normally races a 250 cc speedway bike in the future stars class stepped up to the challenge in his first ever race meeting on the 500cc speedway bike and held the lead for just over 2 laps forcing the best out of v.d.Merwe who had to use all his experience to eventually pass the fast Brill and take the win with Grant finishing behind Brill for the 3rd place . Kotze who was challenging slid off but managed to re mount only to finish 4th. This handed 1st and 3rd to Mario v.d Merwe / Frank and the Boet Strydom Best Pairs speedway title, 2015, ( photo above.)
    Robin Brill was nominated as “Man of The Meeting” and Best Pairs Champion Mario v.d. Merwe even handed his 1st place Gold medal to Brill for his excellent riding, (photo, rt. DB.
      FULL HEAT DETAILS 
In the Sidecar Class Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar and partner Gordon Raath were unbeaten; Rob Whiting's consistency earned him top prize though conceding to second place to Flat-Tracker Lance Curtis in their final encounter, and Dylan Herbst, Stephan Swanepoel and Jackie Ferreira were the top Quad riders. 
       More Photographs from Sunday's meeting on Gallery p.1,  courtesy of Tammy Smuts and Gizmo Snaps..    
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29.8.2015, Gorzow, Poland: Zagar wins Grand Prix,  Woffinden Increases Championship Lead

     Slovenian star Matej Zagar defied a frightening fall to boost his FIM Speedway World Championship medal hopes with an heroic Gorzow FIM Speedway Grand Prix of Poland victory on Saturday night. The Ljubljana-born rider took a ride back to the pits in an ambulance after Aussie champion Jason Doyle dived hard under Nicki Pedersen in heat 18, catching the Dane’s front wheel. The triple world champion fell hard, taking Zagar with him.
     Zagar, – racing on his Polish Ekstraliga home track – , landed awkwardly with his bike nearly clearing the third-bend safety fence. Pedersen walked back to the pits unaided, but withdrew from the meeting with a suspected neck injury and concussion. Zagar emerged from the ambulance and showed incredible steel to win the re-run.
     After finishing behind world champion Greg Hancock in his semi-final to reach the last four, Zagar rounded the American legend in superb style to claim his third career SGP win and move on to 81 championship points. This puts him one behind Hancock in third, and four short of Nicki Pedersen in second.
Greg Hancock was delighted to reach his first final of 2015 , but an incredible 18 points from Great Britain’s World Championship leader Tai Woffinden, unbeaten in the heats, means he will take some catching, as he holds a 24-point lead at the summit with four rounds to race. Though having won just one GP this season, he's the only rider to have appeared in every Final, to steadily pile up the points.
    There’s no doubt Pedersen’s withdrawal from the meeting gave Woffinden’s title bid a huge shot in the arm as he increased his overall lead from 13 to 24 in one meeting. He is now odds on to become a double world champion, but he pledged to stay focused until the gold medal is secure.
     Darcy Ward: All present were keen to send their best wishes to Aussie ace Darcy Ward after he sustained serious spinal damage in Poland last Sunday, With lost feeling in his lower body, he was transferred to a UK hospital on Thursday, his racing days seemingly over. Ward's name was chanted throughout the night, with the crowd paying tribute to the 23-year-old with songs, banners and t-shirts, (as worn in respect by Wuffy, above.)

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS    Ht.18 CRASH     FINAL    FULL SGP
FIM POLISH GRAND PRIX, Gorzow
Matej Zagar 16 (1st), Greg Hancock 17 (2nd), Tai Woffinden 18 (3rd), Bartosz Zmarzlik 14 (4th), Niels-Kristian Iversen 10, Michael J Jensen 10, Peter Kildemand 9, Chris Holder 8, Nicki Pedersen 7, Jason Doyle 6, Andreas Jonsson 6, Maciej Janowski 5, Chris Harris 5, Troy Batchelor 4, Krzysztof Kasprzak 1, Tomas H Jonasson 1, Adrian Cyfer 1.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After rd.8 of 12)
Tai Woffinden 109, Nicki Pedersen 85, Greg Hancock 82, Matej Zagar 81, Niels-Kristian Iversen 70, Chris Holder 69, Jason Doyle 66, Michael J Jensen 64, Maciej Janowski 63, Andreas Jonsson 51, Peter Kildemand 46, Troy Batchelor 40, Chris Harris 39, Tomas H Jonasson 38, Jaroslaw Hampel 31, Krzysztof Kasprzak 26, Bartosz Zmarzlik 17, Antonio Lindback 14.

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       NEXT MEETING AT WALKERVILLE OVAL, GAUTENG     Sunday, Aug. 30th
                                
GPS co-ordinates :   S26 24 17,   E27 57 48.        n.b: Race Start Time 12H30  !  !

                     Speedway Best Pairs  plus  Rd.2 of Sidecars SA National.
Speedway racing will return to the Walkerville speedway track on Sunday 30th August with the challenge laid down between selected teams from the hosts Walkerville Speedway Club and the challengers from the Southern Speedway Riders Club - Rebels.
The format of racing will see at least six 2-man teams racing each other in two groups on a knock-out basis with the two top teams eventually meeting in the final with the winner being crowned
the Boet Strydom Best Pairs Champions.


- Backing up the Speedway will be races for the
  Flattrackers , 4 wheel quad bikes, Pee wee’s
   and possibly the fast and loud sidecar outfits. 

- R20.00 gets you entrance to a day filled with
  adrenalin pumping racing and a well priced bar
  and fast food service.  

- Gates open from 10H30,
Tapes up at 12H30
- We look forward to seeing you there. 
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GPS co-ordinates :  S26 24 17, E27 57 48.


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22.8.2015:  The Dave Collins Saga,   by John Hyam
    An article on Dave Collins by British speedway journalist John Hyam can now be read on the History page of this website. Corresponding photos are also included on Gallery p.4.
     Dave Collins has the rare distinction of having ridden in speedway Test Matches for both South Africa and for England, having started riding speedway in the Union but being UK-born. These included both sides of the 1956/'57 series after England lost Alan Hunt and he was re-allocated from the SA squad to the visitors team. He had winter spells in Europe during the '50s and '60s, riding in Holland, France, Spain and Gt.Britain, and he captained the winning England side in an unofficial 3-match series at Goodwood Showgrounds, Cape Town, in 1967. Now at 88, Dave Collins lives in Munster, KwaZulu-Natal.


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8.8.2015, Horsens, Denmark: Kildemand wins SGP as Woffinden moves ahead

    Local man Peter Kildemand won the Danish Speedway Grand Prix on Jutland after Tai Woffinden was excluded from the final for bringing PK down, but the Brit still leads the table for the 2015 World Championship, pulling further clear of second place man Nicki Pedersen. It had been Kildemand's third fall of the night. He was excluded the first time, and in a clash with fellow Dane Pedersen in Ht. 18 it was 'all-4-back', each time his machinery taking damage, but he persevered!
    After heat 12 and three rides each it had been three Australians leading the scores with 2012 champ Chris Holder on 7pts, but Batchelor failed to bag any more points and Doyle dropped out at SF2. With just 7 points each, triple champs Hancock and Pedersen both had a poor night, the Dane slipping a little further back and the Yank seeing Slovenian Matej Zagar leveling with him in third spot in the overall table. Five more GPs remain to be run, the next in Poland in 3 weeks time.  Video highlights   Video Final    Full meeting (- 2½hrs)   CCJ  

DANISH SGP SCORES:   1 Peter Kildemand 14, 2 Matej Zagar 12, 3 Michael Jepsen Jensen 13, 4 Tai Woffinden 11, Maciej Janowski 12, Jason Doyle 12, Chris Holder 10, Nicki Pedersen 7, Andreas Jonsson 7, Greg Hancock 7, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7, Tomas H Jonasson 7, Mikkel Michelsen 6, Troy Batchelor 6, Krzysztof Kasprzak 4, Chris Harris 2.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:   1 Tai Woffinden 91, 2 Nicki Pedersen 78, 3 Greg Hancock 65, 4 Matej Zagar 65, 5 Chris Holder 61, 6 Niels-Kristian Iversen 60, 7 Jason Doyle 60, 8 Maciej Janowski 58, 9 Michael Jepsen Jensen 54, 10 Andreas Jonsson 45, 11 Tomas H Jonasson 37, 12 Peter Kildemand 37, 13 Troy Batchelor 36, 14 Chris Harris 34, 15 Jaroslaw Hampel 31, 16 Krzysztof Kasprzak 25, 17 Antonio Lindback 14.
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26.7.2015, Walkerville, Gauteng: Bekker returns to the track to lead his team to victory
         Team Des Bekker 32 - Team Mike Carson 10
    Making one of his infrequent appearances on the track, the first of 2015, Byron Bekker and a team of returning speedway riders on their methanol-fuelled GMs took to the track again against 'Team Spider Mike Carson'. 
    The event was staged in memory of sidecar racers Mike Carson (of Monarchs MCC,) and Des Bekker (of the Wild Bunch, uncle of Byron and father of 2005 SA Speedway Champ Martin Bekker,) who were both lost to the fraternity at the Impala Rally of '98.  Respective team managers for the day were Bobby Devine and Deon Swart. 
    Byron Bekker rode as if he'd never been away to score maximum points and his squad of Walkerville 'Past' took every heat win from the Pettit-led Walkerville 'Present' riders.  Former SA champ of 2008 and 2010 Mac Magill was unbeaten by an opposition rider, as was one-time U21 champ Lyle Kotze until suffering an exclusion in the final speedway heat. 
    BB took an early lead in the first heat with Pettit in second place until he overdid it on lap 3 and slid off, allowing Magill to slip past for a 5-1. The next heat saw another 5-1 for Team Bekker with Lyle Kotze taking the win, backed by Ashley Brill.
    Ht.11: BB gated and held Pettit at bay in 2nd place with Brill in 3rd, making the score 14-4. Ht.12 was the race of the day with all 4 riders rubbing shoulders in the opening laps. Kotze did a great job at running Mario v.d.Merwe wide to allow Magill to make a superb pass up the inside and a well-earned 5-1. In the next heat Brill rode a great race to lead from team-mate Jannie de Jagger with the opposition's Brad Devine and Marcus v.d.Merwe only managing the minor placings. Next out saw Mac Magill's ride of the day, as he led from start to finish for a paid max. Mario v.d.M was unlucky to take a tumble, allowing de Jagger into 2nd spot and Marcus v.d.M to collect a single point. Score, 29-7. 
    By the final speedway heat of the day slick conditions made for difficult racing as BB took the lead from Pettit and DJ Devine. Kotze made  a bold move on Devine and it seems contact was made resulting in an exclusion for Kotze.  Jannie de Jagger was brought in as the replacement in the re-run and from the gate it was Bekker, Pettit, Devine, de Jagger, - a 3-3 and a final score of 32-10 to Team Des Bekker.
     The meeting also saw a good field of sidecar entries including Edwin & Estelle Butler who had proved so unbeatable in 2014. They were straight back to winning way in their first 2015 event, taking the prize money with 2 wins from 3 races, Deon Kruger pipping them to the flag in Ht.24. Rob Whiting again took the Flat-Tracks' prize after the winner of their first race, busy boy Lyle Kotze, took tumbles in his subsequent heats. In the Quad classes Jolandi Raubenheimer, Steve Swanepoel and Jaco Enslin topped their respective points table.    Full scores and heat details.   CCJ/DB
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25.7.2015: Pedersen & Woffinden
               dominate Swedish SGP

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FIM SWEDISH GRAND PRIX, Malilla

Nicki Pedersen 17 (1st), Tai Woffinden 17 (2nd), Antonio Lindback 14 (3rd) , Matej Zagar 13 (4th), Jason Doyle 11, Chris Holder 10, Niels-Kristian Iversen 10, Greg Hancock 9, Maciej Janowski 8, Michael J Jensen 7, Tomas H Jonasson 7, Chris Harris 5, Andreas Jonsson 5, Peter Kildemand 3, Troy Batchelor 2, Krzysztof Kasprzak 0.


    The World Championship standings remained unaltered after 23 races in Malilla tonight as the top two riders stood on the podium with 17pts each. Swedish 'wild card' Antonio Lindbach took 3rd place after Woffinden, the 2013, champ rounded him on lap 2 of the final to follow the triple-champ Dane, Pedersen, to the chequered flag. Wuffy dropped his only points in the heats to Holder and NKI in his first ride, whereas Pedersen had only one win, but, away from the gate in the Semi and the Final, he got the better of the young Brit on both occasions. Yank Greg Hancock continues to sit in third place in the overall standings.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
Tai Woffinden 80, Nicki Pedersen 71, Greg Hancock 58, Matej Zagar 53, Niels-Kristian Iversen 53, Chris Holder 51, Jason Doyle 48, Maciej Janowski 46, Michael J Jensen 41, Andreas Jonsson 38, Chris Harris 32, Jaroslaw Hampel 31, Troy Batchelor 30, Tomas H Jonasson 30, Peter Kildemand 23, Krzysztof Kasprzak 21, Antonio Lindback 14,

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Next Meeting at Walkerville:
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Sunday July 26th,
        -  "Race to Remember"
            -    Team Bekker v. Team 'Spider' Mike

The Walkerville Speedway Riders Club, in conjunction with The Monarch's motorcycle club, will hold their  'Race To Remember' meeting in memory of Des Bekker and, "Spider" Mike Carson and other fallen riders at the Walkerville Agricultural Showgrounds on Sunday the 26th July, - racing to start at the earlier time of 12md. It will be a 5-man team event between 'Team Bekker' and 'Team Spider Mike'.
    The day will not only be a day for fallen bikers, but a day where grudges will be settled. Heading up the team Des Bekker will be Bekker's nephew Byron Bekker, one of the most successful South African speedway riders to date, who rode in the UK for the past 10 years captaining teams and breaking British speedway records. His biggest competition on the day will be the captain of the Mike Carson team, multiple SA Champion, Neil Pettit. 
                      Rt: Pettit & Bekker in action.

    There will also be a welcome return of the popular and talented Mac Magill, teaming with Lyle Kotze and Ashley Brill, to face the skilled DJ Devine, Brandon Devine and Mario v.d. Merwe.
   
Sidecars, flat track, quads and peewee bikes will also be racing on the day.   Herewith the agenda for the day:
       - Riders sign in by 11:00
       - Riders briefing will be held at 11:30
       - Riders Parade commences at 11:45
       - Racing will start at 12:00.

Cash bars, food and stalls are all available at the track.
We look forward to seeing you all there.

GPS co-ordinates :   S26 24 17,   E27 57 48.

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18.7.2015: Rain Brings Early Finish to Latvian Grand Prix with Janowski on top points
    Heavy rain for the last round of heats brought a premature end to the Latvian SGP in Daugavpils when the decision was taken to declare the results after 5 rides each. New Polish champ
Maciej 'Magic' Janowski, former 2x World U21 champ, was declared winner with 12pts, Nicki Pedersen and Troy Batchelor following with 11 each. On the permanent 373m sand-based track, (the local team race in the Polish League,) Greg Hancock suffered 2 punctures but managed 10pts while Tai Woffinden with only one heat win scored 8, meaning his lead in this season's World Championship series is reduced to 9 points over Pedersen. The competition continues in 7 days time with the Swedish GP in Malilla.  CCJ
      Video highlights
     FIM LATVIAN GRAND PRIX, Daugavpils,
(Abandoned after 20 heats - Track waterlogged - RESULT WILL STAND.
.Maciej Janowski 12 (1st), Nicki Pedersen 11 (2nd), Troy Batchelor 11 (3rd), Chris Holder 10 (4th), Greg Hancock 10, Jason Doyle 8, Tai Woffinden 8, Peter Kildemand 8, Niels-Kristian Iversen 8,

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 5 of 12)
Tai Woffinden 63, Nicki Pedersen 54, Greg Hancock 49, Niels-Kristian Iversen 43, Chris Holder 41, Matej Zagar 40, Maciej Janowski 38, Jason Doyle 37, Michael J Jensen 34, Andreas Jonsson 33, Jaroslaw Hampel 31, Troy Batchelor 28, Chris Harris 27,
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15.7.2015:  Good-bye to Wembley, and Memories of Buddy Fuller.
    Wembley Raceway is to be sold off for redevelopment as the property owner prepares himself for a rest in
retirementThe original Wembley Stadium, as seen in the b/w shots of the Wheels24 article and forever associated with the halcyon days of dirt-track speedway in the Union and the likes of Buddy Fuller, Henry Long and Fred Wills, was demolished in 1978 and Wembley Raceway, shown below, was later constructed a couple of hundred metres away on the opposite side of the road. Though mainly used as a venue for oval car racing, the track initially had a dirt surface and speedway bikes were part of composite meetings in the '90s and early '00s before being tarmac'd. After an auction of Wembley Raceway earlier this month two potential buyers are currently in serious discussions with a view to redevelopment of the prime 7 acre site, below.  CCJ
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4.7.2015,  Iversen wins British SGP at Cardiff
 

   Dane Niels-Kristian Iversen won the British Grand Prix in Cardiff this evening from 2012 champ Chris Holder with Peter Kildemand third. Points leader Tai Woffinden had 5 race wins up to the Final but couldn't repeat the last-to-first run of his Semi to get near NKI and Holder, - yet he still heads the season's points table with an increasing lead over second-place man Nicki Pedersen.
    Pedersen was again excluded after once more performing one of his notorious inside dives into bend 3 of heat 13, fetching down fellow countryman Kildemand, the anticipated clash with Hancock failing to materialize. (Mild-mannered Greg, incensed by Pedersen's riding in a recent Swedish league match and much to
everyone's surprise, took an out-of-character flying dive at the Dane to unseat him as the pair proceeded to fight on.)
   16 of the 23 races were won from the
Millennium Stadium's inside gate, and none from gate 4, explaining Wuffy's only lost heat points in his first ride. But NKI overcame Holder's initial lead from gate 1 in the Final as he sped past the Aussie down the first back straight and never looked in danger of being caught.  CCJ
 Video highlights  Full Meeting
BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Cardiff: Niels-Kristian Iversen 14 (1st), Chris Holder 18 (2nd), Peter Kildemand 12 (3rd), Tai Woffinden 15 (4th), Greg Hancock 12, Matej Zagar 10, Nicki Pedersen 9, Michael Jepsen Jensen 8, Craig Cook 7, Jason Doyle 7, Tomas H Jonasson 7, Chris Harris 5, Troy Batchelor 4, Krzysztof Kasprzak 4, Maciej Janowski 3, Andreas Jonsson 2, Robert Lambert (res) 1, Jason Garrity (res) 0.
STANDINGS: Tai Woffinden 55, Nicki Pedersen 43, Greg Hancock 39, Niels-Kristian Iversen 35, Matej Zagar 34, Chris Holder 31, Jarek Hampel 31, Jason Doyle 29, Michael Jepsen Jensen 27, Andreas Jonsson 26, Maciej Janowski 26, Chris Harris 23, Krzysztof Kasprzak 21, Troy Batchelor 17, Tomas H Jonasson 16, Peter Kildemand 12.

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   FIXTURE CHANGE  
  The next race meeting at the Walkerville Oval on Sunday July 26th 2015
   will be
the Monarch's "Race to Remember." 
   Two teams will compete against each other,
      - there can only be one winning team at the end of the day!
                   (Round 2 of the SA National championship will be re-scheduled
                        and a revised date announced as soon as agreed.)

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28.6.2015, Walkerville: Boet's Golden Boot won by Pettit.
    With an unbeaten 9pts Neil Pettit claimed the Boet Strydom Golden Boot,  4 years after his only previous success in this event. The improving Mario van der Merwe was second, whilst the 'B' class Speedway Stars final was taken by Bobby Devine. The meeting saw a return to the track after 3 years of former U21 Silver Sash holder Justin Steyn, though it took until his last ride to find the old habit when he finally completed 4 laps and took the chequered flag in Ht.24.
     The Flat-Track heats saw a spread of winners but Rob Whiting with 49 points claimed the cheque, while Rocco Bosman was unbeaten in the 450 Quad races. FULL RESULTS    CCJ
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Next Meeting at Walkerville:
   -   Sunday June 28th,

   -  The Boet Strydom's Golden Boot
The 'Boet Strydom's Golden Boot' speedway race event will take place at the Walkerville Agricultural Show Grounds on Sunday, 28 June, with racing starting at 1pm.
For quality racing of Speedway, Flat Track, Quads and Pee Wees on an oval dirt track!
Get your friends and families together and come for a great day’s racing.
Entrance fee at only R20-00 per person with ample free parking available.
Braai facilities are available, 2 cash bars, food and stalls can all be found at the track.
GPS co-ordinates :   S26 24 17,   E27 57 48.   For more info contact Bobby 0738081913.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
"SPREAD THE WORD AND BRING A CROWD"

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14.06.2015: Western Cape:   Hope for a George Speedway Revival?
      Eight months after the last Bike & Quad Oval Show at the Showgrounds there is a possibility that speedway may return to the George area. On Thursday the George Herald newspaper revealed that Allied Speedway promoter Bobby Hack has been investigating a new venue for a bike & quad oval track and now has a potential site lined up. Besides an oval raceway, the venue would also accommodate an MX and Super X track and a 4x4 'play pit'. Should plans come to fruition the track will be open over weekends to enable local riders and drivers to practice for the scheduled monthly events. Hack hopes to have the new site up and running by August. Let's hope that speedway will be included in the shows along with the customary MX flat-track and quad classes.  Reporter: David Austin.
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14.6.2015, Vojens, Denmark:   Sweden surprise winners of  Speedway World Cup
     Holders Denmark were defeated on home soil by Scandinavian neighbours Sweden today to claim the SWC Ove Fundin Trophy in this re-staged Final after Vojens rain caused a 24-hr postponement of Saturday's scheduled event.
     As hosts and defending champs the home team were seeded directly to the World Final, where they were joined by the winners of the qualifier Events 1 & 2, Sweden and Australia.  Poland made the Final from the reperchange Race-Off event, after having lost Jaroslaw Hampel with a broken leg in his first ride in Event 1. That meant 3-man races in his programmed heats because of the absence of reserves in this newly-revised SWC format, making Sweden surprise winners of the Polish round! Despite an unbeaten 21 pts from GB skipper Tai Woffinden in Event 2 and a USA team led by current World Champ Greg Hancock, the Poles came through on Thursday to claim their place in the final of this world team championship.
     Late afternoon rain on Saturday caused a 2 hour delay to the start of the SWC Final but after just one heat and much debate the event was called off and re-scheduled for today. Starting afresh with a re-raced Ht.1, the young Polish side, with no Hampel, Kasprzak or Gollob, trailed the two Scandinavian teams marginally after two rides each: after 3 rides Denmark and Sweden were 20pts apiece and Poland just one behind, Pedersen's 1pt.  v/v Jonsson's 7 levelling the ground.
    Going into the last heat there was just one point between the Scandinavians with Poland and the Ozzies fighting to avoid last place on 25 each. But in a dramatic finale to the Championship Iversen was unable to repeat his last bend clincher of the previous year as Pawlicki, in the lead, pulled a lock and NKI impacted with the Pole and fell, to be consequently excluded. Jonsson, at the back when the race was stopped, won the re-run without too much trouble, for Sweden's first win since 2004, and Pawlicki held off Holder to give Poland the Bronze medal.      CCJ.
Video 1: Meeting HighlightsVideo 2: Heat 20
Video 3  Full Meeting  with intro, interviews and podium presentations.
(The answer to your query, -  A Swede with dreadlocks  ? :  Antonio Lindbach was Brazilian born, found in a Sao Paulo orphanage at about 3 years old by a Swedish couple, who then adopted him and returned together back to Europe where he was raised. )
RESULTS
Event 1,  6th June:    Gniezno, Poland:   Sweden 40, Poland 36, Russia 27, Czech Rep.20,
Event 2,  8th June:    Kings Lynn, UK:     Australia 47, Gt.Britain 43, USA 22, Latvia 9,
Race-Off, 11th June: Vojens, Denmark:  Poland 48, Gt.Britain 43, USA 22, Russia 11,
FINAL,    Vojens Denmark, 14th June:
Sweden  = 34: Andreas Jonsson 12, Fredrik Lindgren  11, Antonio Lindback 7, Linus Sundstrom  4.
Denmark = 32: Peter Kildemand 13, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Kenneth Bjerre 6, Nicki Pedersen 4.
Poland     = 27: Maciej Janowski 11, Przemyslaw Pawlicki  9, Krzysztof Buczkowski  4, Bartosz Zmarzlik  3.
Australia   = 26: Chris Holder  8, Jason Doyle  8, Troy Batchelor  8,  Nick Morris  2.

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31.5.2015, Walkerville, Gauteng:  Gallons Select 33 - Gearbox Select 20
    The 5-man speedway team match between Willie Zurich's 'Action Gearbox' Select and Gallons 'Pub & Grub' Select saw the Gallons squad emerge victorious 33-20. Lead by an undefeated Neil Pettit (left,) and ably supported by Bobby Devine, the Gallons team never looked troubled, never loosing a heat: only in Hts. 11 & 25 did they fail to take the chequered flag when Damien 'DJ' Devine took the honours for the Gearbox Select, but even then the Gallons' bonus point carried then forward to an increased lead
    In the Flat-Track races Rob Whiting was undefeated, whilst the Quads classes once again saw the Swanepoels triumph: Steven in the Banshee class and Justin in the 450s both conceded just one race, to each finish the day on 42 points.    CCJ.
FULL RESULTS   and a few photoshots (below), incl'g the V8's demo, from 'TGT Photos' and James MacFayden.

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  Next Meeting at Walkerville:  Sunday May 31st, 
     - The Willie Zurich 'Action Gearbox' Select     vs.     Gallons 'Pub & Grill' Select


Two Speedway teams, selected by Willie ("Willie Zurich Action Gearbox") and Joe ("Gallons Pub & Diner") will compete against each other
at the Walkerville Agricultural Showgrounds this Sunday, 31st of May,  - There can only be one winning team at the end of the day !   Racing to start at 1pm.
PLUS,  FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER,   . . . . . .
V8 Sprint Cars, driven by Willie Zurich and Co. will form part of the program of events.
Pee wees, Quads and Flat Track bikes will also feature.

Braai facilities are available, 2 cash bars, food and stalls are all available at the track.

Spectators entry only R20 per adult,
Don't miss it, -  Come along early and make a day of it !  Plenty of secure parking. Restaurant & Pub on site, as well as take-away outlets for drinks & food, - Please note the premises are licensed.
Walkerville Showgrounds,  GPS co-ordinates :   S26 24 17,   E27 57 48.
We look forward to seeing you all there.

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23.5.2015, Marketa Stadium, Prague: Woffindon takes Czech SGP
Tai Woffinden took his third consecutive Czech Grand Prix to pull ahead in the 2015 Speedway World Championship series, with Dane Nicki Pedersen 6pts behind. Though both raced to 12 point totals in the heats, - Young 'Magic' Janowski on 15pts was unbeaten and his mentor Greg Hancock made 13pts - , the two former champs each won their Semi's and the Brit took the Final with a straight gate-to-tapes ride.  Video highlights    
The SGP competition now takes a 6-week break until Cardiff on July 4th as most riders turn their attention to the Speedway World Cup, with its Final in Denmark.  CCJ.

PRAGUE SCORES: Tai Woffinden 18 (1st), Jaroslaw Hampel 13 (2nd), Maciej Janowski 18 (3rd), Nicki Pedersen 15 (4th), Greg Hancock 13, Andreas Jonsson 9, Matej Zagar 9, Niels-Kristian Iversen 8, Jason Doyle 7, Chris Holder 6, Troy Batchelor 6, Chris Harris 5, Krzysztof Kasprzak 4, Michael J Jensen 4, Vaclav Milik 2, Tomas H Jonasson 1, Matej Kus 0, Josef Franc 0.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (after round 3 of 12)
Tai Woffinden 40, Nicki Pedersen 34, Jaroslaw Hampel 31, Greg Hancock 27, Matej Zagar 24, Andreas Jonsson 24, Maciej Janowski 23, Jason Doyle 22, Niels-Kristian Iversen 21, Michael J Jensen 19, Chris Harris 18, Krzysztof Kasprzak 17, Chris Holder 13, Troy Batchelor 13, Tomas H Jonasson 9, Tomasz Gollob 4, Bartosz Zmarzlik 3, Timo Lahti 3, Vaclav Milik 2, Piotr Pawlicki 1, Nike Lunna 0, Jiri Nieminen 0, Matej Kus 0, Josef Franc 0.
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16.5.2015, Finnish SGP, Tampere  -  World Championship, Rd.2
   3-times World Champ Nicki Pedersen won his first Grand Prix in 3 years when the 38-year old defeated Tai Woffinden (left,) and Andreas Johnsson in the final of the Finnish SGP. But Wuffy's 17 points keeps him at the head of the World Championship points table as the squad go into next week's Czech SGP in Prague.   CCJ
Scores after 2 rounds: Tai Woffinden 22, Nicki Pedersen 19, Jaroslaw Hampel 18, Matej Zagar 15, Andreas Jonsson 15, Jason Doyle 15, Michael J Jensen 15, Greg Hancock 14, Krzysztof Kasprzak 13, Niels-Kristian Iversen 13, Chris Harris 13.
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26.4.2015, Walkerville:  SA Nat'l Championship, Rd.1
    In the first round of the S.A. National Speedway Championship at Walkerville, sponsored by Dot Engineering, it was 2 wins each to Mario van der Merwe and Neil Pettit and the former who claimed first prize on the day as Pettit suffered a fall in their first clash to nett him just 8pts against Mario v.d.M.'s score of 10. These points are aggregated towards a 3-round total for the championship.
Young Brad Devine had to stand down from his races because of motor problems, but Grant Frank had perhaps his best day to date in taking the 'B' class 'Speedway Stars' event with 10 points. (The Sidecar Speedway's National Round 1 was held at the WSRC's previous meeting of March 29th.)
   The Flat Track races saw 3 different winners of the 3 races, but Raubenheimer and Justin Swanepoel proved to be unbeatable in their respective 450 and Banshee Quad classes.  All the action is captured in the shots below.     CCJ.   RESULTS

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Two great action shots from Hannes Bronkhurst:
       Bobby Devine leads Grant Frank;                                                    Mario v.d.Merwe powers inside Neil Pettit.



and more from photographers Hannes, Jason MacFayden and A.N.Other in these slideshows,   .  .  . .  .  .  .  

 

. .  . . plus PeeWees, Quads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and Flat-Track action.
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  Next Meeting at Walkerville:
  Sunday April 26th,  2015.
  Rd.1 of the DOT Engineering
  S.A. National Championship

The DOT Engineering SA National Championship (Round One) will be held on Sunday, 26 April 2015 at the Walkerville Oval.  Racing will start at 
1 pm.  Spectators entry only R20 per adult, - U12's admitted free..

Fees for riders and members:
Pee Wees: R100 per rider (R80 if a member)
Speedway, Quads and Flat Track: R120 per rider (R100 if a member)
Membership Fees: R150 per rider (this is now due)

Don't miss it, -  Come along early and make a day of it !  Plenty of secure parking.
Restaurant & Pub on site, as well as take-away outlets for drinks & food, - Please note the premises are licensed.
Walkerville Showgrounds,  GPS co-ordinates :   S26 24 17,   E27 57 48.
We look forward to seeing you all there.

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18.4.2015, Warsaw:  Polish GP Abandoned in Shambles.
    The much-trumpeted Warsaw GP, the opening event of the 2015 World Championship in a new smart sell-out stadium of the Polish capital city of the world's top speedway nation, descended into farce in front of a capacity sell-out 53,000 fans and an international TV audience, with a mis-functioning starting gate, poor refereeing and a track surface cutting up badly, - all within the first few heats. Starts reverted to the green light, many false or unsatisfactory, and a number of falls occurred. At the interval riders proposing to withdraw were threatened with FIM fines and warned not to speak to media, as the stadium Wi-Fi was switched off  and fans were left without explanation for an hour. Though these pow-wows between riders and race promoters BSI were extended to include senior FIM officials, the SGP was officially abandoned “for rider safety” after 12 heats, the top positions being awarded to the leading scorers after 3 rides each.  Full broadcast You-tube video.
   Though it demonstrates that it's not just small local clubs that can have problems with track conditions, many speedway followers on social media are again critical of SGPs on temporary tracks in smart large city stadia when proper, i.e. permanent, track are available, accusing organisers BSI of putting greed before speedway, citing similar past problems at Riga, Tampere, Gelsenkirchen and Ullevi, when lessons were not learnt. They expect, but doubt, that heads should roll.    The official top 3 result of Round 1 of the 2015 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series is:
1st Matej Zagar (Slovenia), 8 pts; 2nd Chris Harris (GB), 7 pts; 3rd Jaroslaw Hampel (PL) 7 pts.

     The evening concluded with a farewell parade by all riders to salute 2010 World Champion, Tomasz Gollob, Poland's only second such champ, making his last SGP appearance. Presented with a Gold Helemet in recognition of his achievements for his country, it was unfortunate that by that time the stadium was half empty.

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29.3.2015 Walkerville, Gauteng: Easter Challenge
   Neil Pettit topped the score chart at the WSRC's Easter Challenge race meeting on Sunday, (the Challenge replacing the advertised National event for Solo speedway,) with Bobby Devine taking the 'Speedway Stars' B-class Final. The Sidecars' National was upheld and concluded with Kallie Britz securing first position in this initial round from son Konrad. 
   In the Quad events Michael Bosnam was unbeaten in the Blasters class, but conceded to the Swanepoels in the 450s, first to Justin then to Steven S, these 3 taking the podium positions, 1,2,3: - Steve, Michael, Justin.       SCORES 


Photos:

Hannes
Bronkhorst

(click for
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16.3.2015: Russia has a new Ice Speedway World Champion
Dmitry Koltakov is the new Ice Speedway World Champion. The Russian won 4 of the last 5 Championship finals this year, - the FIM 'Ice Gladiators' championship is staged over 10 rounds at 5 venues - , to be crowned champ in Inzell Germany, having pushed the champ of the last 2 years, Daniil Ivanov, into silver medal position, a reversal of their previous ranks.
Again it was a Russian 1,2,3, the best non-soviet being Austria's Franz Zorn in 6th spot, followed by Sweden's Stefan Svensson in 7th position.    Video

The final 2015 point scores and positions are:
1 Dmitry Koltakov RUS 180;     2 Daniil Ivanov RUS 153;           3 Dmitry Khomitsevich RUS 151;
4 Igor Kononov RUS 150;         5 Vitaly Khomitsevich RUS 124; 6 Franz Zorn AUS 108;
7 Stefan Svensson SWE 72;     8 Harald Simon AUS 68;            9 Jan Klatovsky CZR 58;
10 Antonin Klatovsky CZR 56; 11 Gunter Bauer GER 55;         12 Hans Weber GER 42.

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1.3.2015, Walkerville, Gauteng: Rd.1 SA Regional Championship
   Racing returned in earnest to the Walkerville Oval on Sunday after a period of re-assessment, though a number of machine problems dampened the proceedings. Round One of the Northern Regions speedway championship was won by Neil Pettit who went through the afternoon unbeaten, but with no challenge in the Premier's class 'A' Final, when first Nunes failed to start and then Damien Devine took a fall. The 'B' Final for the 'Speedway Stars' class riders was won by Bobby Devine, having taken maximum Class points and led over the line in heats only by the senior class.
   Racing in the Sidecar class was affected by the absence of  any Butler brothers involvement in the wake of their loss last December, and we must wait patiently to see what their decisions are to be about future racing. Today it was Britz Sr. who took the flag from Britz Jr. for max points. 
    Steve Swanepoel dominated the Quads in both Banshee and 450 classes, missing the chequered flag just once in his 6 races in the meeting, coming home 3rd in Ht.7.     FULL RESULTS
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26.2.2015: Former U21 World Speedway Champion Darcy Ward Suspended for 10 months
Darcy Ward, who failed a breath test prior to the Latvian SGP in Daugavpils last August and has been under temporary suspension since 28.8.2014, has been handed a 10 month ban by the FIM, back-dated to the commencement of his provisional suspension and is barred from participating in any competition worldwide, for contravening the FIM Anti-Doping Code (P.1 Alcohol).
  Ward's UK club, Poole Pirates, have stated they will now finalise their 2015 team without the former U21 world champ as he will not be eligible to ride again until June 28th. 22-year old Ward's off-track behaviour both in the UK and his native Australia has made national press headlines in recent years and threaten to jeopardise his on-track potential unless his behaviour and demeanor improve.
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NEXT MEETING AT WALKERVILLE OVAL, GAUTENG

Sunday March 1st, @ 1pm  -  Regional Championship, Rd.1      Make it  a date !

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WSRC  AGM, 15.2.2015.
    At the AGM of the Speedway Riders Club on Sunday February 15th 2015 at the Walkerville Showground the following new committee membership was resolved;
- Clyde Devine (chairman), Don Pretorius, Derrick Hilliar, Bobby Devine, Trevor Ansley, Donna Devine (Secretary, with assistance of Stephanie Fryer,);
- Riders reps: Neil Pettit (Speedway), Gordan Raath (Sidecars), Gary Hart (PW’s), Lance/Craig Curtis (Flat track).
Thanks were expressed for the past work done by retiring committee members Pat Pettit and Andre Kotze.
    As the airbags are no longer available it was decided that tyres would be packed in the place of the airbags. Thanks to Andre Kotze for supplying tyres for this use. We would appeal to as many people as possible to come to the official practice on Saturday 21st inst. to assist in putting the tyres in place. Thanks to all who attended the General Meeting.

    There will be an official practice on Saturday 21st February starting at around 12 noon. Practice fee is R70 per bike to cover the costs of prepping the track.
All newcomers are welcome!  If you know of anybody that would like to ride please bring them along to the Saturday practice.
    The first official race meeting for 2015 will be held on 1st March 2015. Racing will start at 1pm. Entry fee for spectators in only R20, – please come and support the club!
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14.2.2015: Oceania ('World') Sidecar Championship

    The defending Oceania Champion, two past World Champions, and National Champions from four countries, Oz, New Zealand, USA and Gt.Britain, were amongst the riders who contested the Sailun Tyres Oceania Sidecar Championship over 3 rounds in Australia this week.
    The Oceania title is the de facto World championship since the FIM discontinued the 1000cc Sidecar Speedway World Championship to concentrate on the 500cc class.
    Former World Champ of the 1000cc class, Aussie Darrin Treloar from NSW, an 8-times National champ partnered again by Blake Cox, made a clean sweep of the 3 rounds, staged in Gillman, VIC, Mildura, VIC, and Kurri-Kurri, NSW to re-claim the title from last season's Oceania champ Mark Plaisted, who followed Treloar home in 2 of the 3 Finals. All podium places were taken by Aussie crews.
VENUE
Rd.1, Gillman, VICT.
Rd.2, Mildura,  VICT.
Rd.3, Kurri-Kurri, NSW
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WINNER
D. Treloar & B. Cox
D. Treloar & B. Cox
D. Treloar & B. Cox

SECOND
M.Plaisted & B.Anthony
S. Hudson & B.Pitt
M.Plaisted & B.Anthony
THIRD
W.Monson & M.Morgan
G. Bond & G. Cox
M. & J. Headland


                   Treloar leads Plaisted                                                        Treloar & Cox, Gillman winners

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26.1.2015: No Golden Helmet as Showground racing downgraded.

    Yesterday's planned race meeting for the Danie Fourie Golden Helmet at Walkerville Oval had to be downgraded to practice racing as a consequence of poor Showground conditions and low turn-out of riders and spectators.
A big thank you to the riders who made the effort to come to the track on Sunday. Thanks to the photographers and our ambulance for your support on the day.Thanks also go to the following people: Derrick '2dogz' Hilliar who worked the whole day on Thursday getting the pit area mowed; Neil Pettit who spent Saturday morning mowing the riders parking area; and a very special Thank You to Peter Buck for preparing the track.
     There will be an AGM held on SUNDAY 15th FEBRUARY 2015 AT 11.30AM at the Showground. A new committee will be selected at the meeting. Please make every effort to attend as the track, and the future of racing needs to be urgently discussed. All suggestions are welcome so please bring them along to the meeting or e-mail them through to PP. Snacks will be served after the meeting.

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20.1.2015 : SUNDAY's Golden Helmet Meeting

    There have been a few challenges facing the club getting the Walkerville track and surroundings ready for the race scheduled for Sunday 25th January.
It was decided by the committee that the day will continue as advertised, but spectator entry will be free and therefore no formal programs will be handed out. There will be marshalls and an ambulance from 1pm to 4pm when all riding will stop.
In order to cover the ambulance costs, riders will pay a race entry fee.

There will be raffle tickets on sale for a Valentine hamper.
Tickets are only R10-00 each, so please come and support the WSRC.
The draw will take place before 4pm.
The premises are licensed, and there will be food available in the Country Kitchen.
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10.1.2015:  Jason Doyle is the 2015 Australian Champ

     29-year old Jason Doyle swept all before him in the Australian Solo Championship to take his first national title. The Leicester No.1 rider topped the points table in each of the 4 rounds of the event and only failed to make it a clean sweep of the Finals after falling on the first bend of Rd.3 in Undera on Wednesday. In the rerun he came third behind Sam Masters (Silver medallist,) and Max Fricke. 
    Defending champ Chris Holder had an indifferent championship on borrowed machinery. With just 8pts in Gillman he fared better at Mildura on a Leigh Adams machine but then damaged his plated wrist in the Rd.3 practice and was forced to sit out Undera and Kurri-Kurri.

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2015, - A  NEW  YEAR  AND  A  NEW  SPEEDWAY  SEASON


WSRC Walkerville 2015 Fixtures;
The full list of WSRC's 2015 meetings is given on the Fixtures page. These meetings constitute the Walkerville events, but look out for possible additional race days elsewhere in the RSA.  


SGP World Championship Series for 2015:
The fixture list for the new SGP season is given below. This programme for the 2015 World Championship title features four indoor stadiums, four capital cities and three new venues, of which two will be staging the start and the finish of the SGP series.
- 18 Aprl, Warsaw PL
- 16 May, Tampere FN
- 23 May, Prague CZ
-   4 July, Cardiff GB
- 18 July, Daugavpils LAT
- 25 July, Malilla SW
-   8 Aug, Horsens DK
- 29 Aug, Gorzow PL
- 12 Sept, Krsko SVN
- 26 Sept, Stockholm SW
-   3 Oct,  Torun PL
- 24 Oct, Melbourne AUS
    The Polish capital of Warsaw hosts the first speedway meeting in its new national stadium, (Stadium Narodowy.) Used mostly for football matches, being the home stadium of Poland's national football team, a temporary track will be laid within the 58,000 capacity venue, which has a retractable roof. With former World Champ Tomasz Gollob nominated as the event Wild Card, and current No.2 Krystof Kasparak plus two more native riders, Hampel and Janowski, in the line-up, a massive turn-out is expected.
    Melbourne Australia's state-of-the-art Etihad Stadium will be the scene of the crowning of a new World Champ when it stages the last round of the Grand Prix season on October 24th, thirteen years after the last and only Aussie SGP was raced in Sydney.  A full list of participating riders can be found in our News item of Oct. 20th 2014.
n.b: The FIM tribunal of the Darcy Ward case, of failing the alcohol breath test at the Latvian SGP last August, is to take place on Jan.8th**. The former 2x U21 World Champ's participation in 2015 SGP events will be dependent upon the outcome of the hearing, and whether any ban will be retrospectively dated to cover his suspension since August 2014.
** UPDATE: The Ward hearing has been postponed to Jan.30th.
***      "       : The tribunal met on 30th, but publication of the outcome,
as of Feb.12, is still awaited.

SWC
The Speedway World Cup, - the World team championship - , takes place in June, with the Race-Off and Final in Vojens, Denmark on June 11th and 13th. Current champs Denmark are seeded directly to the Final, to be joined by the winners of Events 1& 2, (Gniezo June 6th; KingsLynn June 8th,) and the Race-off winner.


UK changes, - Heathens gain a reprieve.
    The senior UK league, the Elite League, will comprise 8 teams in 2015, last year's members Eastbourne and Birmingham moving to the National Lge. for financial reasons.  The Premier Lge. retains its same 13 members as before, whilst the third tier National Lge, at 10 strong, sees the return of a Rye House II team in place of the Plymouth II team (“Devon”,) in addition to Brum and Eastbourne.
     Significantly, the National League will not feature play-offs for the championship title, but declare the table-topper as the winner.  Champions of the last two seasons, Cradley Heathens, have gained a reprieve after denial of the use of the Wolverhampton track, by agreeing to a site sharing with the new NL Birmingham team at Perry Barr, in the UK's second city. (The Heathens' original Dudley Wood stadium, from where their racing was launched in 1947 and which produced a succession of home-bred World Champions, - Penhall (2x), Gundersen (3x), JO Pedersen, Hamill, Hancock (3x) - , was lost to housing development in 1995.)
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2015 -  HAPPY NEW YEAR !


The first WSRC meeting of 2015 will be staged
at the Walkerville Oval on Sunday Jan. 25th.
This will be the deferred 2014 Danie Fourie Golden Helmet event,
held over from last year because of the track re-build.

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