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NEWS 2016 - from South Africa and the wider speedway world.


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4.12.2016, Walkerville Oval:  Brill Brothers win Best Pairs
   Brothers Ashley and Robin Brill won the 2016 Best Pairs competition at the Walkerville Oval from Neil Pettit and John Sullivan in this, the final race meeting of year. In just his one track appearance of the season Brill minor followed home big brother Ashley in each of their 3 heats, the pair conceding points only to Pettit, in the first race of the day, and foregoing the bonus point in the Final when the latter split the pairing but couldn't chase down Ashley B. who finished with a personal score of 11pts from their winning total of 20.
    The Flat Track class was won by Cavan Farrell with 3 wins from 4 rides, after he and new bride Michelle trailed the field in Ht.4, no doubt with other matters on their minds: the couple had opened the day's meeting by tying the knot on the track, the site of their first encounter a year ago. Everyone at the Walkerville club wishes them well in their new life together.   CCJ    Full Results  

The newly-weds are seen together, right, at 
an earlier Walkerville race meeting.
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           WSRC's  Next Events,   concluding the 2016 Season : -
Next  Sunday  DECEMBER 4th
Race meeting: 

Speedway Best Pairs Contest
Your favourite solo speedway riders will be paired up to challenge the other duos with the object of using track-craft to maximise their points at the expense of the opposition.

  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 !

    And to continue the 'pairing' theme, you will also be bearing witness to two of our Flat Track riders who will be tying the knot on the trackGizmo (aka Michelle G,) and Caveman (aka Cavan F,) are tying the knot on the 4th of December.... The first race of the last race for the year.... Where it all began a year ago....
        Come and join us on their special union, 

                       -  not to be missed !
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( Practice will take place on Saturday, 3rd Dec. starting at around 11AM.  A R70 practice fee is charged for riders who attend.)

Saturday  DECEMBER 10th


Annual Year-End Function,
Regent Hill Bowling Club,
10.12.2016
            

The WSRC's annual End-of-Season function will again be held at the Regent Hill Bowling Club, 5th Avenue, The Hill, on SATURDAY 10th December.

Member will not be charged for their ticket, however, non-members are welcome to attend for a small fee of R90.00 per head, which includes a buffet dinner and entertainment. 
A cash bar will operate.

 For tickets email Donna at donnadevine04@live.com They will also be on sale at the track at the upcoming Best Pairs race day being held on Dec.4th.  For any further information, please don't hesitate to contact
Donna Devine on 078 668 5816
               
or donnadevine04@live.com .

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27.11.2016  Walkerville, Gauteng, RSA: - Nunes Takes the Buddy Fuller Trophy; 
                    -  Konrad Britz Secures his Second National Sidecar Championship
   Gio Nunes made another appearance at the Walkerville track and showed he'd lost none of his old style to take top prize, the Buddy Fuller Memorial Trophy, at this month's 'Legends of the Past' event.  Nunes dropped just one point in his opening ride, conceding first place to Mario van der Merwe, but thereafter went unbeaten to score 15 points from his 4 rides, (scoring being 4,3,2,1 in each heat.)
    It was an expensive meeting for Neil Pettit, after hitting the tyre wall in the same opening heat. With bent forks, frame and broken wheel Pettit was unable to continue in the meeting and now faces a race against the clock to get repairs undertaken for the next meeting just 7 days away on Dec. 4th, the last event of the season. Winner of the 'B' Final, Kian Lawrenson, was awarded the Henry Long Trophy.

   The third and final round of the S.African National Dirt Track Sidecar Championship was won on the day by the unbeaten Konrad Britz, which made him the clear overall winner of the title with an aggregate 27pts, his second consecutive National success. The Norris brother, Nick, Daniel and Keith, (seen Lt to Rt below,) again dominated the Flat Track class, between them taking the first 3 place in every heat, Keith's 3 wins giving him top prize money.   CCJ   Full Results

   

 
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Sidewinders Bash, Nov. 5th 2016

Action from the Sidewinders event of Nov. 5th, (photography by Jay Pinheiro;  No results available.)
    - Gio Nunes, Marcus v.d.Merwe and Peter Buck shoot from the tapes.


           - Marcus van der Merwe                                                Mario van der Merwe

           - Gio Nunes                                                                               Mac Magill

    -  Flat  track action.

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15.11.2016:  New League Structure for UK Speedway in 2017
    At the AGM of the UK's controlling body, the BSPA (British Speedway Promters Assoc'n,) a new league structure was agreed for the forthcoming year. The former Elite Lge and Premier Lge are rebranded as the 'SGB Premiership' and 'SGB Championship', comprising 9 and 10 teams respectively, (this nomenclature better aligns with the UK's top 2 football leagues,) and with greater standardization of rules between the two. There will be promotion and relegation following a Play-Off between the bottom Premiership and the top Championship clubs, on a home & away basis.
   There are modifications to the points limits for teams and the determination of a single common rider average for both leagues, which will be used to calculate team strength, - 50pt. max for the Premiership and 40 for the Championship - , with 'doubling-up' between leagues continuing.
    The senior league has been joined by Somerset, (winners of this year's second-tier competition) and Rye House, with Lakeside dropping out, while Plymouth are the third team that will be missing from the 2nd tier. Former British champions Scott Nicholls and Chris Harris, seen left, who between them have won the title 10 times in the last 14 years have both signed for the newly promoted Rye House Rockets.
     UK speedway's 3rd tier National League hold their AGM in December, and it is possible that Lakeside and Plymouth may apply to join this lower league, but the presence of senior clubs' second teams, i.e. Belle Vue II, Kings Lynn II, Rye II and Coventry II, is unlikely.  CCJ
SGB PREMIERSHIP, 2017:
Belle Vue, Coventry, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Poole, Rye House, Somerset, Swindon, Wolverhampton.
SGB CHAMPIONSHIP, 2017:
Berwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ipswich, Newcastle, Peterborough, Redcar, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Workington
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10.11.2016:  Speedway Grand Prix Venues for 2017 World Championship
     FIM have confirmed the following venues and dates for the Grand Prix Series for next year's World Championship : -

              Krosko,    Slovenia     April 29                Malilla,     Sweden     Aug. 12  
              Warsaw,     Poland     May 13                Gorzow,    Poland       Aug. 26
              Daugavpils, Latvia      May 27                Teterow,   Germany    Sept. 9
              Prague,     Czechia    June 10                Stockholm, Sweden   Sept. 23
              Horsten,Cop'hgen DK June 24               Torun,        Poland       Oct. 7
              Cardiff,    Gt.Britain     July  22                Melbourne, Australia   Oct. 28

   There will be 12 meetings in the series, Daugavpils in Latvia returning to the competition. Participating riders are listed below in the News item of October 28th.
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   The Speedway World Cup (SWC), the team World Championship, will be contested by 12 countries and conclude in Poland at Leszno on July 7th and 8th, where the Race-Off and the Final will be staged on consecutive days after qualifiers in Latvia, Gt.Britain and Sweden. Home nation Poland are seeded directly to the Final.   CCJ

          Qualifier,  Riga,  Latvia,    June 25th:   Latvia,
Germany, Italy and Slovenia.
          Event 1,   Kings Lynn, UK,   July 1st:  
Gt.Britain, Australia, USA, Czech Republic.
          Event 2,   Vastervik,   SW     July 4th: 
Sweden, Denmark, Russia, + Qualifier winner.
          Race-Off,  Leszno Poland,   July 7th :  2nd & 3rd places from Ev.1 & Ev.2
          Final        
Leszno Poland, July 8th :  Poland, + winners of Ev.1, Ev.2, and of Race-Off.
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30.10.2016, Walkerville, Gauteng: Quads & Flat Track Day
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    Today's meeting at the Walkerville Oval was the Quads & Flat Track Day, including the introduction of a Ladies FT class. Speedway racing, with solo and sidecar machines, returns in 6 days time, - SATURDAY, Nov.5th - ,  for the Sidewinders Bash.  Results were as follows: -

Flat Track,  A-class
 1st place:  Nick Norris - 14 pts
2nd place:  Cavan Farrell - 12 pts
3rd place:  Daniel Norris - 9 pts
4th place:  Keith Norris - 5 pts
5th place:  Christo van Vuuren - 0 pts


Quads:
1st Place - Eugene van der Berg - 8 pts
2nd place - Angeline Swanepoel - 5 pts
3rd place - Ewald van Straaten  - 2 pts.


Flat Track,  B-class
1st place:  Xander Moe
- 14 pts
2nd place:  Lance Curtis - 12 pts
3rd place:  William van Vuuren - 8 pts
4th place:  Craig Crous - 6 pts
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Ladies Flat Track
1st Place:  Max de Beer    -  8 pts
2nd place"  Michelle Grobler - 4 pts
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Pee Wees:
1st place:  Juan Craig - 14 pts
2nd place:  Triston Botha - 8 pts
3rd place:  Louis van Vuuren - 5 pts.

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                 Michelle & Max,                                          . . . and with their 'No Boil' trophies,( plus Cavan Farrell )

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28.10.2016: Line-Up for 2017 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 Vetlanda last month, namely
winner Patryk Dudek (Poland), Martin Vaculik (Slovakia) and Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden).
    Four 'wild card' places complete the regular line-up of 15, and have been awarded to injury-hit Nicki Pedersen, (current European champion,) narrow-missers Matej Zagar and Magic Janowski, (both just 1 pt outside the top eight,) and to Russian Emil Sayfutdinov. The return of the Russian to the SGP series will be welcomed by many who remember his amazing performances in his debut and subsequent years, until his switch to the SEC European championship, where he took the title in 2014 and 2015. 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 Greg Hancock  US
2 Tai Woffinden   GB
3 Bartosz Zmarzlik PL
4 Chris Holder    AU
5 Jason Doyle    AU
6 Piotr Pawlicki   PL
7 Antonio Lindback  SW
8 Niels-Kristian Iversen DK
  Wild Cards & Challenge
  9 Matej Zagar    Slovenia
10 Maciej Janowski PL
11 Fredrik Lindgren SW
12 Nicki Pedersen   DK
13 Patryk Dudek      PL
14 Martin Vaculik  Slovakia

15 Emil Sayfutdinov RU
16 LOCAL WILD CARD)

 Nominated Subs:
20 Peter Kildemand DK
21 Martin Smolinski GY
22 Max Fricke    AU
The Line-up for 2017 is therefore made up of: -
   4 Poles, 2 Danes, 2 each from Australia and Sweden, plus one each from GB, USA, Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia, with
the full calendar of venues still to be concluded. (Confirmed are Warsaw, Horsen DK, Prague, Cardiff and Torun.)   CCJ
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22.10.2016, Melbourne Australia: Hancock World Champ Again at 46 !
11:15am SAST. - Final SGP of the season still ongoing, - report to follow.  American Greg Hancock wins his first race in Ht.4 and becomes World Champ for the 4th time, - 1997, 2011, 2014, 2016.
The race now is for the Silver medal, -  Woffinden, Zmarzlik or Holder, ?  - or the side-lined Doyle !  13:00 SAST:
Hancock title soured by Walk-out after Exclusion, - Holder wins home SGP but misses a medal
                           
      The final Grand Prix of the Speedway World Championship turned sour as the newly-aclaimed World Champion Greg Hancock was excluded from his third ride for 'not racing' and, taking umbrage, withdrew from the meeting. 46 year old Hancock needed just 3 points from today's SGP to take his 4th world title, which he proceeded to do with relative ease in his first ride as he re-took the lead from Piotr Pawlicki on lap 2 of Ht.4. He conceded Ht.8 to Andreas Jonsson after several challenges to the Swede, but in the following ride, up against his Torun team-mate Chris Holder who was striving for an FIM medal, the Yank,
with continued back glances, led for 3 laps, riding wide on the final lap until Holder Snr. took the lead. Referee Krister Gardell announced the disqualification of the new champion for 'not racing', ( - rule 070.10.13, A rider, who, having started in a heat does not make an honest attempt to ride to the best of their ability, as judged by the referee, shall be guilty of an offence, which may entail disqualification from the heat or a penalty.”)
     With the unlucky "oh-so-nearly World Champ" Jason Doyle out of the meeting, - even if broken bones were strapped up, his lung injury forbid flying - , Chris Holder had become the local Aussie flag-bearers' hope on home soil, in with an outside chance of an FIM bronze medal. With a gifted win in Ht.9 his total of 17pts. fell 2 short of his target, though without engine failure in his last heat that would have changed, - poetic justice, perhaps!
     Top Pole Bartosz Zmarzlik scored 15pts, the same as Tai Woffinden, but the English-born Aussie-raised champ of 2015 took 2nd place both on the night and over the year from Zmarzlik: Holder finished 4th overall, just ahead of Jason Doyle. Today's meeting also decided the final 8th place for 2017 rider qualification, Niels Kristian Iversen sneaking in but Magic Janowski (and consequently GP Qualifier hopeful Kenneth Bjerre,) loosing out.  CCJ     Videos highlights  Final video  Full SGP

AUSTRALIAN FIM GRAND PRIX

Chris Holder 17, Tai Woffinden 15, Bartosz Zmarzlik 15,
Antonio Lindback 14, Niels-Kristian Iversen 12, Matej Zagar 11, Michael Jepsen Jensen 10, Piotr Pawlicki 8, Fredrik Lindgren 6, Andreas Jonsson 6, Maciej Janowski 5, Greg Hancock 5,  Peter Kildemand 4, Chris Harris 4, Sam Masters (Aus) 2, Brady Kurtz (Aus)2, Jack Holder (Aus, res) 2, Max Fricke (Aus, res) 0.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL SCORES
Greg Hancock 139, Tai Woffinden 130, Bartosz Zmarzlik 128,
Chris Holder 126, Jason Doyle 123, Piotr Pawlicki 99, Antonio Lindback 93, Niels-Kristian Iversen 91, Matej Zagar 90, Maciej Janowski 90, Fredrik Lindgren 88, Peter Kildemand 68, Nicki Pedersen 62, Andreas Jonsson 52, Chris Harris 40, Michael Jepsen Jensen 31.
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16.10.2016: European Speedway End of Season Round-Up
  With the last national Individual Championship concluded in Vladivostok last week, all European championships are now settled.   On the league front, all except the UK's minor league champions are known.
Results are as follows: 
 
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
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  -
Sweden
Denmark
Poland
Germany
Czech Republic
Russia
   plus
USA
Australia
New Zealand
INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION
Danny King
- U21 Josh Bates
- U19  Max Clegg
Andreas Jonsson
Niels Kristian Iversen
Patryk Dudek
Martin Smolinski
Vaclav Milik
Grigory Laguta

Billy Janniro
Brady Kurtz
Jason Bunyan
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
EL – Wolverhampton
PL – Somerset
NL – Birmingham
Rospiggarna
Region Varde
Stal Gorzow
Landshut
ZP Pardubice
Vladivostok

n/a
n/a
n/a
    Wolverhampton Wolves, with their time-served triumvirate of Karlsson, Lindgren and late recall Woffinden, finally put a stop to the hold of the Pirates of Poole on the Elite League title, beating table toppers Belle Vue Aces 96 - 86 in the Play-Offs. The Aces have taken on a new lease of life this season after their relocation to the new purpose built National speedway Stadium adjacent to their previous Greyhound Stadium home. Polish champs Stal Gorzow have their own trio of Grand Prix riders, Zagar, Iversen and Zmarzlik to thank for the title, while Danish champs Regio Varde of Outrup relied on Aussie riders Troy Bachelor, Max Fricke and Sam Masters for their success.  CCJ

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1.10.2016, Torun SGP, Poland:  Disaster for Doyle as Hancock heads for 4th title.

    Points leader Jason Doyle said goodbye to his World Title hopes after crashing out of the last European Grand Prix before his homeland finale with shoulder, elbow and lung injuries, unable to take any further part in the meeting after a heat 3 collision with Britain's Chris Harris.
    Winner of the Torun SGP was Niels Kristian Iversen, the Dane having hauled back first
Bartosz Zmarzlik then Greg Hancock (seen left,) on lap 3 of the Final to reverse the pairs' SF2 result.  Zmarzlik took the 3rd podium position, with Matej Zagar missing a placing in his second consecutive Final.
    After 20 qualifier heats Zagar had topped the scorers with 13pts, followed by 'Grin' with 11, Chris Holder, NKI and Jesper-Jensen all on 10, but with only 8 points and one heat win, Tai Woffinden failed to make the last 8 and a place in  the Semi's.
     And so the table standings prior the last Grand Prix of the season and the crowning of the 2016 World Speedway Champion in Melbourne, Australia in 3 weeks time sees 46-year-old Hancock 11 points clear of 2nd place Doyle on 134 and current champ Woffinden 8pts further back on 115. Only a similar misfortune such as can and did happen to the Australian tonight would seem to prevent the last Dudley Wood Heathens skipper Hancock collecting his 4th world title in 3 weeks time, almost 20 years after his first success in 1997.     CCJ     Video Highlights    Doyle's exit, Ht.3    Final video
TORUN FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Poland
Niels-Kristian Iversen 15 (1st), Greg Hancock 16 (2nd), Bartosz Zmarzlik 13 (3rd), Matej Zagar 15 (4th), Chris Holder 11, Michael Jepsen Jensen 10, Piotr Pawlicki 10, Fredrik Lindgren 9, Pawel Przedpelski 8, Tai Woffinden 8, Andreas Jonsson 7, Maciej Janowski 5, Antonio Lindback 5, Chris Harris 3, Peter Kildemand 2, Kacper Woryna 1, Jason Doyle 0, Oskar Bober 0.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 10 of 11)
Greg Hancock 134, Jason Doyle 123, Tai Woffinden 115, Bartosz Zmarzlik 113, Chris Holder 109, Piotr Pawlicki 91, Maciej Janowski 85, Fredrik Lindgren 82, Niels-Kristian Iversen 79, Matej Zagar 79, Antonio Lindback 79, Peter Kildemand 64, Nicki Pedersen 62, Andreas Jonsson 46, Chris Harris 36, Michael Jepsen Jensen 21.
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Next Event at Walkerville Oval:  Sat. October 8th 2016  -  Speedway Open Day

              Your chance to try riding speedway, - solo or sidecar.  Bring your helmet.
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Speedway and sidecar training school at Walkerville showgrounds raceway on Saturday 08th Oct. from 12 to 4pm.
If you are interested and serious about having a ride on a speedway bike or a speedway sidecar then come along. 
The track GPS co-ordinates are   S26 24 17   E27 57 48.   Bring your own protective gear :  No helmet no ride.


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25.9.2016 Walkerville RSA:   Mario van der Merwe takes First Title


   Mario van der Merwe took his first major title
on Sunday by claiming the Gauteng Regional Championship, thanks to consistency across the 2 rounds of the competition and a total of 15 points. Top scorer on the day was Neil Pettit, unbeaten, whilst February's round 1 winner, Ashley Brill, could only manage 5pts. Young Kian Lawrenson was top Junior rider, and Juan Craig was also unbeaten in the PeeWee class events.
   Kallie Britz showed that experience pays as he and chair-man JP Botha inched ahead of son Konrad and Dawi Thomas with a score of 18 points to claim the Regional Sidecar championship.
  CCJ  Scores  (Flat Track results to follow as available.) 
Photos: Gallery p.1. 
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24.9.2016, Stockholm, Sweden: Hat Trick of Wins for Doyle

   Australian Jason Doyle made it a hat trick of Grand Prix wins, the first for a decade after Jason Crump's feat of 2006, to put himself attop of the World Championship table in Stockholm. Doyle leads former champ Greg Hancock by 5 points overall, with current champ Tai Woffinden another 11pts back in 3rd place.
    After 3 rides each in the heats Belle Vue's Slovenian Matej Zagar was the only unbeaten rider, having seen off Doyle in Ht.4: Doyle 8pts, Hancock 7, with Wuffy short of a heat win on just 5 pts. Form changed in the second half of the meeting as Wuffy gleaned 2 wins, but none for Zagar and Hancock, though all 3 made it into the Semi's with 11, 12 and 8 respectively. Doyle succome to the 'Z' jinx again, dropping a second point, this time to Zmarzlik, as Holder and Lindgren made good to join them in the Semi's.
    In SF1 the 2 Aussies Doyle and Holder saw off the 2 Poles, and in SF2 the 2 champs Woffinden and Hancock were displaced as Zagar pulled ahead out of bend 2, lap 1, the home boy, Lindgren following him. The Aussies then had a from-the-tapes ride in the Final to celebrate on the Podium.
    Nicki Pedersen was absent from the field having suffered serious injuries the previous week in the Final of the Czech Golden Helmet event. With one of his infamous inside dives the Dane came down, sustaining fractures of 2 neck vertebrae, a broken wrist and 4 broken ribs. His campaign for the World title had thus ended just days after having secured the European title, but he is likely to be chosen as one of the 3 Wildcards for 2017.    CCJ   Video Highlights    Final video

STOCKHOLM FIM SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Sweden
Jason Doyle 19 (1st), Chris Holder 13 (2nd), Fredrik Lindgren 14 (3rd), Matej Zagar 15 (4th), Bartosz Zmarzlik 12, Tai Woffinden 11, Piotr Pawlicki 10, Greg Hancock 9, Maciej Janowski 8, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7, Peter Kildemand 6, Kim Nilsson 5, Antonio Lindback 4, Michael Jepsen Jensen 4, Jacob Thorssell 1, Chris Harris 0.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 9 of 11)
Jason Doyle 123, Greg Hancock 118, Tai Woffinden 107, Bartosz Zmarzlik 100, Chris Holder 98, Piotr Pawlicki 81, Maciej Janowski 80, Antonio Lindback 74, Fredrik Lindgren 73, Niels-Kristian Iversen 64, Matej Zagar 64, Nicki Pedersen 62, Peter Kildemand 62, Andreas Jonsson 39, Chris Harris 33.
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10.9.2016, Teterow, Germany: Doyle Wins Again

   Jason Doyle strengthened his claim to a World title by winning his second consecutive Speedway Grand Prix, making it a hat-trick of podium appearance in only his second year in the international big time. With table leader Greg Hancock coming in 3rd and current champ Tai Woffinden failing to make the Final, the Australian is now just 5 points behind the American with 2 more SGP to go in Europe before the culmination of the competition on his home soil in Melbourne, Australia, - clearly a big incentive for the Swindon Robin.
    In this, the 200th SGP, the first at the former East German site better known for its mountain grass track events, Pole Bartosz Zmarzlik took second spot on the night despite not winning a race: he shot from the gate in the Final but 30-year-old Doyle's determined charge around the boards on lap 1 saw him come out of bend 4 in front of the youngster and stay there.
    The Aussie had been unbeaten after all contestants had had 4 rides, while Piotr Pawlicki was similarly unbeaten after an exclusion in his first ride for breaking the tapes. But  Doyle,
having made a costly gearing change, was ineffective in Ht.18 and Pawlicki was passed by Antonio Lindback in Ht.20, putting JD atop the heat points with 12, and PP and Hancock on 11. In the Semi's Niels Kristian Iversen led Doyle all the way to the flag, so ending Woffinden's night, while Hancock kept 3 Poles behind him, Zmarzlik getting the fourth place in the Final.  CCJ  Video Highlights  Final video
FIM GERMAN SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, TETEROW
Jason Doyle 17 (1st), Bartosz Zmarzlik 13 (2nd), Greg Hancock 15 (3rd), Niels-Kristian Iversen 11 (4th), Piotr Pawlicki 11, Tai Woffinden 10, Martin Smolinski 8, Chris Holder 8, Michael Jepsen Jensen 7, Nicki Pedersen 7, Antonio Lindback 6, Peter Kildemand 6, Chris Harris 6, Fredrik Lindgren 6, Matej Zagar 3, Tobias Kroner 2, Maciej Janowski 2.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 8 of 11)
Greg Hancock 109, Jason Doyle 104, Tai Woffinden 96, Bartosz Zmarzlik 88, Chris Holder 85, Maciej Janowski 72, Piotr Pawlicki 71, Antonio Lindback 70, Nicki Pedersen 62, Fredrik Lindgren 59, Niels-Kristian Iversen 57, Peter Kildemand 56, Matej Zagar 49, Andreas Jonsson 39, Chris Harris 33, Patryk Dudek 8, Martin Smolinski 8, Danny King 7, Krzysztof Kasprzak 7.
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S.African Speedway Rider Portraits
A new collage, featuring South African speedway rider portraits from the '70s to mid '00s era, including all National Champions for those years, can be seen on Gallery p.3,  this to complement an earlier array of post-war SA stars.       CCJ,  6.9.2016

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28.8.016  Walkerville, S.Africa: - Pettit takes the Golden Helmet for Record 5th Time
                                                     - Hilliar leads the Sidecar SA National
    Neil Pettit rode unbeaten in the re-staged Danie Fourie Golden Helmet senior speedway competition today to claim the trophy for a record fifth time.
Mario van der Merwe claimed 2nd prize, suffering defeats only to Pettit, while brother Marcus won the 'B' grade Final from veteran Peter Buck.
    Former Sidecar champs Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar and chair-man Gordon Raath extended their lead in the 2016 championship with 2 wins from 3 rides. Hilliar had to concede Ht.1 to Konrad and Kallie Britz but had no problems in his following heats, unlike Britz Snr. who had to withdraw from the last sidecar heat with engine problems. Hilliar now leads the SA National with 19pts to Konrad Britz's 11. 
    At the opposite end of the power range, PeeWee Juan Craig was again unbeaten, while Keith Norris took first prize in the Flat Track 'A' class events.  CCJ   FULL RESULTS

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27.8.2016, Gorzow, Poland:  Aussie Doyle wins 2nd Grand Prix.

     Australian Jason Doyle (centre & rt.) won his second World Speedway Championship Grand Prix in Gorzow, Poland, tonight, clawing back Greg Hancock's overall championship lead to 7 points after the American just scraped into the semi's with a tough Ht.20 win over Doyle and former champ Nicki Pedersen.
    Semi-Final 1 was a rerun of the preceding heat, but this time complemented by World Champ Tai Woffinden, who proceeded to lead from the gate to the flag. With Doyle taking 2nd place, Hancock and the Dane's evening was ended, and Pedersen, equal top points scorer after 20 heats but not having made the rostrum all season, was thereby knocked back outside the top 8 positions that give automatic qualification for 2017. The night's other top points scorer after the qualifying heats, Chris Holder, lined up in SF.2 against the two young Poles Zmarzlik and Pawlicki and was able to make the Final by a bold lap 3 ride around Freddie Lindgren to secure 2nd spot.
    In a tight first bend of the Final the 2012 champ came down but in the re-start it was Woffinden and Doyle that had everyone on their feet as the two re-passed on every lap in the best race of the night. While Holder got up to 3rd by passing Zmarzlik on lap 3, it was Doyle, with a final bend outside drive around Wuffy, that took the chequered flag first, resulting in an all-Aussie-bred rostrum 1,2,3 of Doyle, Woffinden and Holder.
   The last SGP in Melbourne in October is sure to whip up the excitement of the locals, with a real chance of a home 'Champion of the World' !  CCJ    Video Highlights   Final Video 
FIM POLISH SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Gorzow
Jason Doyle 16 (1st), Tai Woffinden 15 (2nd), Chris Holder 15 (3rd), Bartosz Zmarzlik 14 (4th), Nicki Pedersen 12, Greg Hancock 11, Fredrik Lindgren 11, Piotr Pawlicki 10, Krzysztof Kasprzak 7, Maciej Janowski 6, Niels-Kristian Iversen 5, Antonio Lindback 4, Chris Harris 4, Matej Zagar 4, Peter Kildemand 3, Daniel Kaczmarek 1, Andreas Jonsson 0.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 7 of 11)
Greg Hancock 94, Jason Doyle 87, Tai Woffinden 86, Chris Holder 77, Bartosz Zmarzlik 75, Maciej Janowski 70, Antonio Lindback 64, Piotr Pawlicki 60, Nicki Pedersen 55, Fredrik Lindgren 53, Peter Kildemand 50, Niels-Kristian Iversen 46, Matej Zagar 46, Andreas Jonsson 39, Chris Harris 27.
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14.8.2016, Malilla, Sweden: Hancock wins Home SGP
     Greg Hancock finally won the Swedish SGP in his adopted summer  homeland at the re-staged Grand Prix this morning after heavy rain caused the postponement of Saturday evening's scheduled event.
    With 17 points against Tai Woffinden's 8, the American now heads the World Championship table by 12pts, a clear lead over the British rider. Aussie Jason Doyle took second place, also with 17pts, to put him 3rd overall behind Herbie and Wuffy, and Piotr Pawlicki was third on the day, (see top 3 in selfie, rt.) With only one awarded heat win, -  after Nicki Pedersen was excluded for bringing down Chris Harris on the last lap of Ht.7 - , the current champ was struggling with his equipment today, and failed to make the Semi's.  CCJ    VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
SWEDISH SGP SCORERS: Greg Hancock (USA) 17, Jason Doyle (Aus) 17, Piotr Pawlicki (Pol)  13, Chris Holder (Aus) 12, Maciej Janowski (Pol) 12, Bartosz Zmarzlik (Pol)  10, Peter Kildemand (Den)  9, Tai Woffinden (GB) 8, Niels-Kristian Iversen (Den) 8, Fredrik Lindgren (Swe)  8, Antonio Lindback (Swe)  7, Nicki Pedersen (Den) 6, Peter Ljung (Swe)  4, Matej Zagar (Slo) 3, Andreas Jonsson (Swe)  2, Chris Harris (GB)  2.
FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Greg Hancock 83, 2 Tai Woffinden 71, 3 Jason Doyle 71, 4 Maciej Janowski 64, 5 Chris Holder 62, 6 Bartosz Zmarzlik 61, 7 Antonio Lindback 60, 8 Piotr Pawlicki 50, 9 Peter Kildemand 47, 10 Nicki Pedersen 43, 11 Matej Zagar 42, 12 Fredrik Lindgren 42, 13 Niels-Kristian Iversen 41, 14 Andreas Jonsson 39, 15 Chris Harris 23.

     Below: Peter Kildemand hangs on as Swedes Antonio Lindback (Lt,) and Freddie Lindgren (rt.) look out !

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6.8.2016 
Walkerville:   A few shots from the
Stof-Skop, Fun Day
          Broadsiding pillion, Skinny van Schalkwyk,(with video camera in hand !)  courtesy of Neil Pettit.

      Damien Devine & Marcus van der Merwe




Photography: Hannes Bronkhorst
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31.7.2016, Walkerville: Golden Helmet & Silver Sash
    Circumstances and other events on the day reduced the rider turnout at the annual WSRC meeting for the Silver Sash and Golden Helmet trophies at the Walkerville Oval such that the senior trophy award, the Danie Fourie Golden Helmet, was postponed to a later date. Winner of the Silver Sash for junior/ class 'B' riders was Kian Lawrenson (left,) with 8pts, whilst the Peewees' Gold Helmet was taken by Juan Craig.
    Premier riders Mario v.d.Merwe and
Neil Pettit, (seen rt. with webmaster CCJ), rode off 150 metres (half-lap) handicap but still had little difficulty in chasing down the field to take the chequered flag, Pettit scooping the prize money with 2 wins and 2 second places for 14 pts.
  In the Sidecar Speedway class Konrad Britz took the honours with 2 wins from 3 races. 
VIDEO   Nick Norris took the 'A' class Flat Track prize money from brother Keith, with newcomer James Monarch unbeaten in the 'B' class races. Justin & Steve Swanepoel were the top Quad riders. CCJ   FULL RESULTS
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30.7.2016, Belle Vue, UK:   Poland are World Champions
    A young Polish squad took their 7th. FIM Speedway World Cup win in Manchester with a score of 39 points. Hosts Great Britain, who won silver for the first time since 2004, scored 32, last year’s winners Sweden 30, and Australia, winner of the previous night's Race-Off, 22.
    In the Friday night Race-Off the Aussies were never headed after the opening heat, even after loosing Max Fricke following a fall in his first ride, but it still came down to a last heat decider with just one point between them and Denmark. Jason Doyle made the gate and it was all over, as he completed his unbeaten 5-ride maximum.
    With Greg Hancock pulling out of the meeting the USA team were just there to make up the numbers, European virgins Nichols' and Becker's score sheets mere lines of ducks: Edinburgh's Ryan Fisher made two second places for 6 of the States' 9pt. total.
    Top individual scorers: Emil Sayfutdinov of Russia and Danish skipper Niels Kristain Iversen with 16pts each from 6 rides and Tacticals.  VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
    In the Saturday Final Sweden started well, holding the lead until the half-way stage while Gt.Britain languished in 4th. But a 6pt. tactical ride by skipper Tai Woffinden in Ht.12 saw the Brits' fortunes change, and with further heat wins from Craig Cook and British Champ Danny King, (excluded for tape-breaking in his first ride,) the home team held off the Swede and Aussie riders in the last heat for the Silver medal.
    Notwithstanding, it has to be acknowledged that Woffinden's 19pts accounted for 2/3rd. of GB's total, but  team-manager Alun Rossiter's gamble, (seen rt. with Tai Woffinden,) with young blood at the expense of former British champs Nicholls and Harris has, he will feel, been vindicated, as they stood on the podium for the first time in 10 years.
For Poland their first-time skipper Piotr Pawlicki took two wins from the World Champ after a pointless first ride, and only once more did they fail to score in a heat, while the Swedes slipped away after their successful early start.
    After the medal presentations Tai Woffinden picked a young girl out of the crowd, brought her down on to the podium and put the medal around her neck. “It has probably made her happy for a couple of weeks, and she’ll remember it for the rest of her life.”     CCJ    VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


FIM WORLD CUP RACE-OFF, Belle Vue, Friday
AUSTRALIA 44: Jason Doyle 15, Sam Masters 12, C. Holder 9, Brady Kurtz (res) 6, Max Fricke 2.
DENMARK 41: N.K. Iversen 16, Michael Jepsen Jensen 11, Kenneth Bjerre 7, Leon Madsen 7.
RUSSIA 32: Emil Sayfutdinov 16, Grigorii Laguta 7, Artem Laguta 5, Andrei Kudriashov 4.
USA 9: Ryan Fisher 6, Billy Janniro 3, Luke Becker 0, Broc Nicol 0.
FIM SPEEDWAY WORLD CUP FINAL, Belle Vue, Saturday
Poland = 39
1. Piotr Pawlicki 0, 3, 2, 2, 3 = 10          2. Bartosz Zmarzlik 1, 3, 3, 1, 3    = 11
3. Patryk Dudek 3, 1, 1, 2, 3 = 10         4. Krzysztof Kasprzak 1, 3, 2, 0, 2 = 8
Great Britain = 32
1. Craig Cook 1, 0, 0, 3, 1   = 5            2. Tai Woffinden 3, 2, 3, 6^, 3, 2 = 19
3. Danny King T, 0, 2, 3       = 5            4. Robert Lambert 1, 1, 0, 1, 0    = 3

Sweden = 30
1. Andreas Jonsson 3, 2, 0, 1, 2 = 8     2. Antonio Lindback 3, 2, 1, 0          = 6
3. Peter Ljung 2, 1, 1, 1, 1          = 6     4. Freddie Lindgren 2, 2, 1, 3, 1, 1 = 10

Australia = 22  
1. Jason Doyle 0, 3, 2, X^, 2      = 7       2. Josh Grajczonek 0, 0, 0       = 0
3. Chris Holder 2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 0  = 10      4. Sam Masters 2, 0, 3, 0, 0, 0 = 5

Action from Ht.3 of Friday's Race-Off at Belle Vue, Manchester:
- Sam Masters (Aus) leads Emil Sayfutdinov (Rus) and Kenneth Bjerre (Dk) with Broc Nicol (USA) on the outside.

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27.7.2016: Poland and Sweden join Gt. Britain in Saturday's World Team Final
    Events 1 & 2 of the Speedway World Cup, - the world team championship - , in Scandinavia this week saw Poland and current champs Sweden make it through direct to the Final at Belle Vue, Manchester on Saturday, July 30th. There they will join seeded home team Gt. Britain and the winners of the repêchage event of the previous evening, (Fri.29th), to be fought out by placed-teams Denmark & Russia (from Event 1 in Denmark,) and Australia & USA, last nights 'placed' teams of Event 2 in Sweden.
    At Vojens on Sunday, Emil Sayfutdinov was the night's top scorer with 18pts. The Danish home team suffered exclusions and machine problems, to fight back from a 9pt deficit, but the Poles prevailed, despite their own later exclusions.
    In Vastervik, Sweden, the home team's all-round strength saw them eventually overcome Lindgren's Ht.1 tapes exclusion, never finishing a heat lower than in 2nd
spot, and each rider making double figures, as Australia conceded their early lead. Man of the match was Greg Hancock with 17pts, but his USA colleagues, including national champ Billy Janniro, making a rare European excursion, totalled just 5pts between them.
    The new Belle Vue speedway stadium in Manchester, the third home of the famous Belle Vue Aces opened for the first time this year, will host the Race-Off and the SWC Final on consecutive nights when second and third place teams from Events 1& 2 fight for the remaining place in Saturday's Final for the Ove Fundin Trophy. It promises to be perhaps the best meeting of the competition as past champions Australia and Denmark will feel it their rightful place to be in the Final but will have spoilers Hancock and Sayfutdinov to contend with. CCJ
FIM WORLD CUP, EVENT 1, Vojens, Denmark   Video Highlights
POLAND 39:      Piotr Pawlicki 12, Patryk Dudek 11, Bartosz Zmarzlik 9, Maciej Janowski 7.
DENMARK 36:   Michael Jepsen Jensen 12, Leon Madsen 10, Niels-Kristian Iversen 8, Kenneth Bjerre 6.
RUSSIA 32:        Emil Sayfutdinov 18, Artem Laguta 8, Andrei Kudriashov 5, Viktor Kulakov 1.
CZECH REP.19: Vaclav Milik 12, Matej Kus 3, Josef Franc 2, Eduard Krcmar 2.
FIM WORLD CUP EVENT 2, Vastervik, Sweden  
Video Highlights
SWEDEN 48:      Antonio Lindback 13, Andreas Jonsson 13, Fredrik Lindgren 11, Peter Ljung 11.
AUSTRALIA 37:  Jason Doyle 12, Chris Holder 11, Max Fricke 9, Sam Masters 5.
USA 22:              Greg Hancock 17, Ryan Fisher 2, Billy Janniro 2, Ricky Wells 1.
GERMANY 19:   Martin Smolinski 12, Tobias Kroner 4, Kevin Wolbert 2, Kai Huckenbeck 1
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Race-Off:   Fri. 29.7.2016, Belle Vue Manchester, UK
SWC Final: Sat. 30.7.2016, Belle Vue Manchester, UK.
(Both will be broadcast live on BT Sport (UK) if you're a subscriber, - 19:00hrs BST - , or
internet channels for free are possible, via Danish or Polish stream, e.g.  http://www.drhtv.com.pl/drhtv3.html .
Fans in certain countries, ( - ? ) can catch the racing live online. Visit: http://monsterenergyswc.com/live_stream.) 
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WSRC's NEXT MEETING  -  The Danie Fourie  GOLDEN HELMET                                     
            Sunday  July 31st 2016   Walkerville Showground
 
Speedway, Sidecar Speedway, Flat Track, Quads, PeeWees  -  Come and join us. Racing starts 13:00HRS.    
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9.7.2016, British GP Cardiff: Lindback wins from Woffinden

    After 12pts in the heats, Rio de Janeiro-born, Swedish-raised Antonio Lindback won the Cardiff SGP Final from the gate, as current champ Tai Woffinden, - British-born, Aussie-raised - , put the Swede under continual pressure after coming from last to second on the opening lap. Greg Hancock was the fourth man in the final but still leads the World Championship table, just 3 points ahead of Woffinden.
   Pole Piotr Pawlicki topped the scorers after 20 heats on 13pts, with Lindback on 12 along side Jason Doyle, but neither PP or Doyle made it past the Semis. Wuffy and Hancock scored 10 and 8 points respectively. After his podium place in Prague last month Brit Chris Harris flopped with a single gifted point. CCJ   Video Highlights  Final Video
BRITISH SGP: 1 Antonio Lindback 18, 2 Tai Woffinden 15, 3 Bartosz Zmarzlik 13, 4 Greg Hancock 10, 5 Piotr Pawlicki 14, 6 Jason Doyle 12, 7 Maciej Janowski 11, 8 Andreas Jonsson 9, 9 Matej Zagar 8, 10 Danny King 7, 11 Chris Holder 6, 12 Nicki Pedersen 5, 13 Peter Kildemand 4, 14 Niels-Kristian Iversen 3, 15 Fredrik Lindgren 2, 16 Chris Harris 1, 17 Steven Worrall DNR, 18 Robert Lambert DNR.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Greg Hancock 66, 2 Tai Woffinden 63, 3 Jason Doyle 54, 4 Antonio Lindback 53, 5 Maciej Janowski 52, 6 Bartosz Zmarzlik 51, 7 Chris Holder 50, 8 Matej Zagar 39, 9 Peter Kildemand 38, 10 Nicki Pedersen 37, 11 Andreas Jonsson 37, 12 Piotr Pawlicki 37, 13 Fredrik Lindgren 34, 14 Niels-Kristian Iversen 33, 15 Chris Harris 21
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26.6.2016, Walkerville Oval: Team Bekker win Monarch's 'Race to Remember'
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     Held in memory of sidecar racers Mike Carson and Des Bekker, solos speedway team 'Captain Bekkie' repeated their success of last year to again win the 2016 'Race to Remember' from the 'Spider Mike' quartet, but found it a much tighter contest this time round.
     Making his first appearance on the track since last November Byron Bekker returned North from his new domicile in Port Elizabeth to ride for the family name and once more proved to be unbeatable with 3 straight wins. But when Neil Pettit and Mario v.d. Merwe took Team Spider Mike into the lead with a 5-1 in the fourth speedway heat it was down to Lyle Kotze and Jannie de Jager to redress the balance with a 5-1 of their own and put Team Bekkie back in front. Former Heathen Bekker then sealed the result with a 3-3 win over the previously successful Pettit/van der Merwe pairing, - Pettit's only dropped point to the opposition - , for a 19-17 result.
     Five sidecar speedway crews turned out to race for their own Golden Boot trophy, (following last month's solo speedway and Peewee GB competitions.) John Allsop returned to the track after having sustained a broken foot in February's meeting and succeeded in relegating the father and son Britz combinations down the score chart but he had no answer to the faster machine of Derrick Hilliar (top left,) who was once more unbeatable, scooping the Golden Boot prize with ease.
     Switching between speedway and Flat Track machines, Lyle Kotze (bottom left) topped the score chart of the latter class with 2 wins and a second, with the Norris clan of Nick, Keith and Daniel taking the following places. Amongst the Peewees, Blake Levey now has some real competition in the person of Juan Craig, who took the chequered flag in 2 of their 3 encounters, while newcomer Evan Scorgie was first-placed in the Quad Banshee class, and Michael Bosman took the 450 Quad prize money after dead-heating with Angelina Swanepoel in their final ride.   CCJ    Full Results & Heat Details.

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      Ht.2:  Byron Bekker leads Mario v.d.Merwe and Lyle Kotze                            


                  Lyle Kotze                                                               Brad Devine chases Jannie de Jager

  Sidecars at the gate for Ht.4:  John Allsop,  Wayne Whittaker,  Konrad Britz 

       Derrick '2dogz' Hilliar & Gordon Raath                                       Wayne Whittaker & Darren Stone

      FTs and Quads in trouble!

                                                                                                              Photography by Jay Pinheiro and Gizmo Snaps

           Below, a unique speedway shot taken from Neil Pettit's machine during Ht.10,
                     - NP ahead of Spider team-mate Mario v.d.Merwe and Bekkie's Lyle Kotze.


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25.6.2016, Prague, Czech Republic:   Aussie Doyle wins first Grand Prix

    30-year old Australian Jason Doyle of Swindon Robins triumphed in the Czech SGP as he went for the outside dirt after driving inside fast-gating Yank Greg Hancock into lap 2 in the Final of the night.
    It was a night of changing fortunes as early heat winners tailed off and 7 points was enough to make the Semis, while bottom scorers totaled 5. Amongst them was Chris Holder who at the start of the night had been overall table leader alongside current Champ Tai Woffinden. After 3 rides Wuffy lead the pts table with 8 and his fellow Brit Chris Harris had just 2pts. But Harris ended the evening on the podium and Wuffy bowed out at the Semi stage, excluded for bringing down Bartosz Zmarzlik.
     The champ slips down the World Championship table, with 46-year old Greg Hancock the new leader, having scored 18pts tonight. The former Cradley Heathens' skipper conceded his only real defeat of the meeting to Doyle in the Ht.23 Final, his third place in Ht.7 being down to a puncture. Nicki Perdersen, a former triple champ and riding with an injured hand, managed only one heat win, and retired from his Semi after 2 laps while trailing.  CCJ 
    Video Highlights    Final video    Full Meeting (Ht.1 @15mins.)
FIM CZECH REPUBLIC SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Prague.
Jason Doyle 17 (1st), Greg Hancock 18 (2nd), Chris Harris 10 (3rd), Niels-Kristian Iversen 11 (4th), Bartosz Zmarzlik 13, Fredrik Lindgren 11, Tai Woffinden 9, Nicki Pedersen 8, Andreas Jonsson 6, Peter Kildemand 6, Piotr Pawlicki 6, Maciej Janowski 5, Antonio Lindback 5, Matej Zagar 5, Chris Holder 5, Vaclav Milik 3.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 4 of 11).
Greg Hancock (USA) 56, Tai Woffinden (GB) 48, Chris Holder (AUS) 44, Jason Doyle (AUS) 42, Maciej Janowski (PL) 41, Bartosz Zmarzlik (PL) 38, Antonio Lindback (SW) 35, Peter Kildemand (DK) 34, Nicki Pedersen (DK) 32, Fredrik Lindgren (SW) 32, Matej Zagar (SLV) 31, Niels-Kristian Iversen (DK) 30, Andreas Jonsson (SW) 28, Piotr Pawlicki (PL) 23, Chris Harris (GB) 20.
 
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 NEXT MEETING at WALKERVILLE

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11.6.2016, Horsen, Denmark: Magic wins his first SGP

    Young Pole and former U21 World Champion Maciej ('Magic') Janowski held off the challenges of current and former World Champs Tai Woffinden and Chris holder in front of a sell-out crowd in Denmark to win his first Speedway Grand Prix Final.

     After 5 heat races each American Greg Hancock led the score chart with 13pts, then came Wuffy on 12 with Magic and Anton Lindback on 10 apiece. 'Grin' failed to make the Final, pushed into 3rd spot by Holder and Nicki Pedersen in the rerun of SF1 after the Dane had come under Lindback who fell and was excluded. Janowski won SF2 from the current Champ.

      The Final was rerun after Pedersen's troubles brought himself and Woffinden down on the first bend, this time the Dane was excluded. At the second attempt Janowski and Holder proceeded to have a great battle for 4 laps, with Wuffy trying to get into the mix but with little success, as the 24-year-old Pole took the chequered flag.
    After 3 rounds Tai Woffinden leads the Championship table on 39 pts, the same as Australian Chris Holder, and Greg Hancock one point behind.    CCJ      Final video   Highlights   Full Meeting

FIM DANISH SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Horsen
Maciej Janowski 16 (1st), Chris Holder 13 (2nd), Tai Woffinden 15 (3rd), Nicki Pedersen 10 (4th), Greg Hancock 14, Antonio Lindback 10, Matej Zagar 8, Andreas Jonsson 8, Jason Doyle 7, Peter Kildemand 7, Bartosz Zmarzlik 7, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7, Piotr Pawlicki 5, Anders Thomsen 5, Chris Harris 4, Fredrik Lindgren 2.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 3 of 11)
Tai Woffinden 39, Chris Holder 39, Greg Hancock 38, Maciej Janowski 36, Antonio Lindback 30, Peter Kildemand 28, Matej Zagar 26, Jason Doyle 25, Bartosz Zmarzlik 25, Nicki Pedersen 24, Andreas Jonsson 22, Fredrik Lindgren 21, Niels-Kristian Iversen 19, Piotr Pawlicki 17, Chris Harris 10, Patryk Dudek 8, Anders Thomsen 5, Denis Stojs 1, Nick Skorja 1, Matic Ivacic 0.
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Inventory of South African Speedway Tracks

      Now posted on the History page is a comprehensive list and accompanying summary article of all dirt track speedway sites known to have staged motorcycle speedway in the country since its introduction in the late 1920s.

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29.5.2016, Walkerville:  Van Der Merwe takes the Golden Boot

    Mario van der Merwe made a clean sweep of the speedway heats at the Walkerville Raceway to secure the Boet Strydom Golden Boot trophy from runner-up, Mac Magill.  Making one of his limited appearances, Magill, a former SA National winner, was unfortunate to suffer a machine problem in his third ride but was otherwise unbeaten until he met up with Mario v.d.M. in the final race of the day. Ashley Brill, the other challenger for the trophy, likewise had a good meeting until hitting the dirt dramatically in the 'A' Final, (below, between Mac and Mario,) having conceded his only point to the day's winner in Ht.1 at that point. Blake Levey took the Junior trophy in the PeeWee class.
    In the Flat Track class, newcomers to Walkerville excelled, with MX rider William Sutherland (212 below,
sliding speedway style round Nick and Keith Norris, 412 & 806,) proving unbeaten on his first appearance, to be followed home by the Norris clan, Nick, Daniel and Keith, (photo'd in group shot below,) in overall follow-up places respectively.
    The Swanepoel family were dominant on the Quads, winning all heats, Banshee and 450s, between them. Siblings Steve and Angeline took 2 of the 3 Banshee podium places, split by Wesley Smidt. Angie also took 3rd spot in the 450s class, where cousin Justin missed his first race, - won by Angie - , but was unbeaten in his only 2 rides of the day.  CCJ    Full results.
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    Action photos: Jay Pinheiro    Hannes Bronkhorst    See also Gallery p.1


.       Above    Ht.1:    Ashley Brill goes for the inside of Mario v.d.Merwe
 



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Hannes Bronkhorst Photography
        Mac Magill & Bobby Devine;       Marcus & Mario van der Merwe;      Brad Devine  & Konrad Britz

        PeeWee class:   Blake Levey,      Lohan le Roux,       Juan Craig,
                                            Triston Botha,     Natasha Viktor


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  More from
Jay Pinheiro :    Solo & Sidecar Speedway   (Click for captioned SLIDESHOWS)              
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Next Meeting at Walkerville -
 - This SUNDAY, May 29th, 2016
   Boet Strydom's Golden Boot

Watch the WSRC racers fight it out for
the coveted Golden Boot Trophy,
kindly donated by Boet Strydom.
More than 20-plus heats of Solo and Sidecar Speedway, Flat Track and Quad Bike racing for just  R20 p/p, (kiddie enter free.)

Join us by homing in on location
S26 24 17  E27 57 48


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14.5.2016, Warsaw: World Championship, Rd.2,  - a Woffinden Win
     After the disaster and abandonment of last year's inaugural Warsaw GP, tonight's event in front of a 54,000 crowd in the Polish capital went well, the operational logistics and track surface holding up fine, and concluded with a win for the current World Champ, Tai Woffinden. In the Final he was last into the first bend and first out !, - with Hancock pressing him all the way, (see video.)
     But it hadn't been all plain sailing, with the three podium stars, Wuffy, Greg Hancock and Matej Zager, netting a night's total of just 14 points each from a possible 21 as each suffered a last placing in a heat, whilst top scorer after 5 rides was Sweden's Freddie Lindgren with 12pts: he added no more, trailing in last in his Semi. Top Danes Nicki Pedersen (3x World Champ,) and Niels-Kristian Iversen (4x Danish champ,) bombed, with only 4pts, the former ending his night with another exclusion after performing one of his infamous inside dives which this time fetched down Piotr Pawlicki. Britain's Chris Harris again disappointed with a lowly 3 points, a very different rider to the man I witnessed take his sole GP win at Cardiff in 2007 with a never-to-be-forgotten last bend outside sweep around Greg Hancock. 
      With two rounds complete, 2012 champ Aussie Chris Holder heads the overall points table, 2 ahead of British-born, Aussie-raised Tai Woffinden and veteran Yank, Greg Hancock. The next SGP is in Denmark on June 11th.   CCJ        Video Summary & Highlights     Final video  
FIM POLISH SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Warsaw
Tai Woffinden 14 (1st), Greg Hancock 14 (2nd), Matej Zagar 14 (3rd), Chris Holder 12 (4th), Fredrik Lindgren 12, Bartosz Zmarzlik 10, Maciej Janowski 10, Antonio Lindback 10, Patryk Dudek 8, Andreas Jonsson 8, Peter Kildemand 6, Jason Doyle 5, Niels-Kristian Iversen 4, Nicki Pedersen 4, Piotr Pawlicki 4, Chris Harris 3.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (After round 2 of 11)
Chris Holder 26, Tai Woffinden 24, Greg Hancock 24, Peter Kildemand 21, Maciej Janowski 20, Antonio Lindback 20, Fredrik Lindgren 19, Jason Doyle 18, Matej Zagar 18, Bartosz Zmarzlik 18, Nicki Pedersen 14, Andreas Jonsson 14, Niels-Kristian Iversen 12, Piotr Pawlicki 12, Patryk Dudek 8, Chris Harris 6, Denis Stojs 1, Nick Skorja 1, Matic Ivacic 0.

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1.5.2016  Walkerville: - SideWinders pip Rebels in Team Challenge,
                                     -  Hilliar eyes Sidecar National.



     Team racing returned to the Walkerville Oval, south of Joburg when in the Speedway class Walkerville Sidewinders pipped the Southern Rebels by the slenderest of margins, thanks to a first heat 5-1 from Mario van der Merwe and Neil Pettit, that bonus point making all the difference to winning or loosing. And in the Flat Track category, where team racing was run for the first time in this class, the 5-man squad lead by unbeaten Lyle Kotze triumphed over a team headed by their top scorer Hamish Harvey.
  Rt: Gio Nunes, Jannie de Jager and Neil Pettit.
                                   
            
     There were a significant number of falls in the speedway heats during the afternoon, starting with Rebel's skipper Lyle Kotze's first ride, - which proved to be his only dropped points of the day from all classes, speedway and Flat Track. In the next heat it was young Brad Devine that took a tumble, suffering no damage to himself but putting his machine out of commission. Heat 12 turned out to be the most alarming event on the programme which, after 5 re-starts, had to be conceded and abandoned, as first Jannie de Jager and then substitute Marcus v.d. Merwe hit the dirt, the latter flipping at the gate. At the time of writing he awaits an x-ray of his back, though serious injury is considered unlikely. Pettit, Brill and DJ Devine each also took turns to sample the dirt.
     Today's programme also included the staging of Round One of the S.A. Dirt Oval Sidecar Speedway Championship, which 2011 champ Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar, (seen leading, below,) partnered by Gordon Raath, had no difficulty in securing from current holder Konrad Britz with another unbeaten 12pt. score. In a limited Quads field Bryan Herbst from Kempton Park took the prize money from son Dylan Herbst.     
CCJ . 
     
Full results and Heat details     Videos, Gallery p.5             Photos: Jay Pinheiro


    Lyle Kotze (blue) chases Hamish Harvey (red)           PeeWee Blake Levey                         Quads in action.                 
                                                  
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Click for captioned SLIDESHOWS : 
               Solo Speedway                                                                             Sidecar Speedway

                      Flat Track,   PeeWees,   and Quads  

   All photos courtesy of Jay Pinheiro     

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30.4.2016 Krsko, Slovenia:   Dane starts the World Championship series with a win.

     Peter Kildemand started off the first Speedway Grand Prix of the new season with a 15pt haul towards the 2016 World Championship by winning the Slovenian SGP at Krsko, with 2 Aussies, Jason Doyle and Chris Holder, joining him on the rostrum.
     The night proved to be wide open as no one stood unbeaten after just 2 rides, at a point where tape issues began with exclusions and warning to Pawlicki, Harris and Woffinden. After 20 heats and 5 rides Mssrs Lindbach, Janowski and Holder topped the chart with just 10pts, to be joined in the Semi's by Hancock, Pedersen, Kildemand and Doyle on 9, and current champ Woffinden scraping in on 8 points. The young Dane Kildemand took SF1 by diving under Doyle on lap 2, and 2012 champ Chris Holder led from the tapes in SF2, these two joined by second-place men Doyle and Wuffy in the Final of the night. Kildemand made it easy from the gate while Doyle passed Holder at the end of the first lap and that's how it stayed.   Video highlights     Final (Ht.23)
     The next round of the World Championship will be in 2 weeks time in the Polish capital of Warsaw. CCJ
FIM SLOVENIAN SPEEDWAY GRAND PRIX, Krsko
Peter Kildemand 15 (1st), Jason Doyle 13 (2nd), Chris Holder 14 (3rd), Tai Woffinden 10 (4th), Maciej Janowski 10, Antonio Lindback 10, Greg Hancock 10, Nicki Pedersen 10, Bartosz Zmarzlik 8, Piotr Pawlicki 8, Niels-Kristian Iversen 8, Fredrik Lindgren 7, Andreas Jonsson 6, Matej Zagar 4, Chris Harris 3, Denis Stojs 1, Nick Skorja (res) 1, Matic Ivacic (res) 0.
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        Next Meeting at Walkerville -
          - SUNDAY May 1st, -
Walkerville Wizards v. Southern Rebels
            FREE ADMISSION

    Gauteng dirt-oval race fans have been denied their fix of the smell of methanol and Castrol R for a few weeks now but can look forward soon to the resumption of speedway racing at the Walkerville Oval.
    On May Day, Sunday 1st. May a full programme of solo and sidecar speedway plus Quads, Flat Tracks and PeeWee machines will be run, including return of the ever-popular speedway team racing when the  Walkerville Wizards take on the Southern Rebels.
  - Please notice that, in conjunction with the 'Tour de Walkerville',
            spectator admission to the meeting is FREE !

  - Licensed bar on site, as well as take-away outlets for drinks & food.
  - Join us by homing in on location    S26 24 17  E27 57 48 .   See you all there !

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w/e 16.4.2016: Action shots from the past

       at Sturrock Park, Dunswart and Walkerville
    More action and portrait images from the not-too distant past have come our way recently, -
riders from the '80s, '90s and '00s at local tracks.    See the likes of Swart, Meier, Stafani, Magosi, Simpson, Kent, Compton, Richter, Naude etc. on Gallery pages 2 and 3.

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2.4.2016: Treloar & Cox Triumph again in Sidecar Bonanza
                 of FIM World Cup and Oceania Championship
    Australian sidecar speedway
aficionados have had a spectator bonanza in the past 8 days as both the Oceania Championship and the re-instated 'World' title for 1000cc combinations were raced for in Adelaide and in Undera, near Melbourne, Australia.
    Last Saturday, 26th March, Aussies
Darrin Treloar & Blake Cox (photo Rt,) won outright the inaugural FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup at Gillman Speedway, Adelaide in a crash-marred Final after 3 crews had each finished on 14pts after 20 heats. On lap 2 of the Final Mark Plaisted spun in heavy dirt and the red light came on, but as dad Mick Headland pulled up he was hit from behind by son Trent, fetching off crew-man brother Jesse, to be run over by Trent as he and his machine cartwheeled.  Plaisted was excluded and with Jesse out with a broken collarbone the re-run was too easy for Darrin Treloar against a battered Trent Headland.
1st  Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (Aus) 14 (3-2-3-3-3) +3;
2nd Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (Aus/GB) 14 (3-3-2-3-3) +2;
3rd  Mick Headland/Jesse Headland (Aus) 10 (3-3-1-R-3) +n/s;
4th  Mark Plaisted/Darcy Risstrom (Aus) 14 (2-3-3-3-3) +Ex;
The next 3 places were taken by New Zealanders, with the US and GB riders well down the field.
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   Round 1 of the FIM Oceania Championship at Gillman the following night saw the same 1,2 outcome, with Treloar & Cox having little trouble in the Final after dropping just 1pt. to Monson & Morgan in Ht.19. Third placed was the 2014 champ, Mark Plaisted.
   Moving across to Victoria and the
Undera Raceway for the 2nd round on Saturday, (April 2nd,) it looked like a repeat result as Treloar & Cox went through the heats unbeaten. But come the Final they made a pathetic gate and were left at the back as Monson & Morgan took full advantage all the way to the checkered flag, Darrin Treloar finally rounding Mark Plaisted on the last lap for third place on the day. However, totting up the points over the 2 rounds reigning champs Treloar & Cox were able to take another title.
     Overall top 3:   1st Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox, Aus;        2nd Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone; Aus; 
                            3rd Mark Plaisted/Darcy Risstrom, Aus
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             -  Below, action from Undera. -

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20.3.2016, Inzell, Germany: Khomitsevich Finally takes the Ice Speedway World Crown.

    After 4 bronze medals in the past 4 years Russia's Dmitri Khomitsevich finally took the Ice Speedway World Championship title in Inzell by scoring one last point in the last race of the 10 Ice Gladiators series meetings. He thus beat last year's champ Dmitri Koltakov by a single point, 174 to 173.
     Both riders had gone into the final day level on points, and although Koltakov put in a powerful performance to win the Final,
Khomitsevich, with maximum points from the heats, held off the challenge of Daniil Ivanov the 2013 & 2014 champ, to just do enough and secure third place and that elusive title by the narrowest of margins. Ivanov, came third overall with 165 points. These 3 Russians have now monopolized the rostrum for 4 years.
Top non-Russian rider was Austria's Franky Zorn, in 6th place with 115pts, followed a long way behind by Swedish champion Stefan Svensson on 68pts. The Khomitsevich family now share 2 Gold medals, elder  brother Vitali Khomitsevich having taken the title in 2003.  CCJ
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5.3.2016:  Walkervillle Speedway at Ink & Iron,

Walkerville riders turned out with their bikes, 10 in all, to man a stand at the 'Ink & Iron' event in Regents Park, Joburg to promoted the club and its activities.

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  'SuperBike South Africa' :        January Article,
  "Classics 7 - Speedway"

   The speedway article in the January edition of  'SuperBike  South Africa' that preceded and triggered the February edition feature on speedway racing at Walkerville (to be seen below,) is reproduced here, courtesy of the editor, Clinton Pienaar. CCJ
 (narrative and photos separated.)

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28.2.2016, Walkerville, Gauteng:  Brill leads the Regional Championship
    Ashley Brill (left) returned to the track at Walkerville to take top spot at this month's speedway meeting, round 1 of the Regional championship. He conceded his first race of the year on the dirt oval to Mario v.d.Merwe, today's runner-up, before proceeding to take the chequered flag in his remaining rides. Younger v.d.Merwe, brother Marcus, came in third on the day. Winner of the consolation 'B' Final was Kian Lawrenson.
     Derrick '2Dogz' Hilliar (rt.) took 3 wins from 4 rides in the 3-wheel class but John Alsop, having returned to sidecar racing this season after a few years absence, was unfortunate to suffer a broken foot in his last ride. In the non-championship events Hennie Human was unbeaten in the Flat Track class, while Michael Bosman and Steven Swanepoel swept the board in the Quad events with Angeline Swanepoel winning the dedicated Ladies Quad heats.   CCJ   FULL RESULTS

                 Speedway Regional Champ. events, - Solo & Sidecar action  (Photography by Jay Pinheiro:)
                     - Other non-Regional classes: Flat Track, Quads, PeeWee.                     
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WSRC AGM, 6.2.2016.
    The AGM of the Walkerville Speedway Club was held on Saturday February 6th 2016 at the Walkerville Showground.  The following new committee membership was resolved;
- Clyde Devine (chairman), Bobby Devine (vice chairman,) Donna Devine (Secretary,) Pat Pettit (treasurer.);
- Riders reps: Neil Pettit (Speedway), Derrick Hilliar (Sidecars), Lance Curtis (Flat track), Carryn Vuurman (Quads,)  PeeWee’s - tba,
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    As of this date, the club has a credit balance, which is earmarked for track upgrades. A constitution change was agreed that, should the need arise, moneys would be held in trust, to revert subsequently to the sport for the interests of Speedway.
    Club memberships to be paid by the end of March. Membership cards to be handed out to members who have paid their yearly subs. Riders who do not pay will not have points counted towards the club championships.
    Practice days will stay as stated for 2016, – the preceding Saturdays, (except Nov.) Practice times firmly fixed between 11:00hrs and 15:00hrs.  At 15:00, the track will be graded for the next day’s race meeting, Peter Buck to be involved.
    Racing due for 24th April rescheduled to 1st May, the Tour de Walkerville. The possibility of 'Away track' races to be investigated.

    PP to address a number of issues with AgSoc.
    All people entering the venue on race days including riders & pit crew are to be charged the R20 entrance fee.  Riders will then be given a card which can be handed in at sign-in to claim the R20 discount on their race fees. The cards will be given to the gate Marshal who will reimburse the sign-in Marshal.  CCJ
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February 2016  
SuperBike South Africa” article, 
   
'The Ride to Slide', by Gareth Davidson, photos Clinton Pienaar




   The following article and accompanying photo shots are reproduced from the monthly 'Superbike South Africa' magazine, February 2016 issue, courtesy of editor C. Pienaar.
CCJ
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31.1.2016 Walkerville: Van der Merwe wins Summer Challenge.
      On a day of low rider turnout Mario van der Merwe took the prize money from second place man Neil Pettit after the latter took a fall whilst leading in the first race of the day. Sidecar numbers exceeded both the speedway and Flat Track fields and though picking up first prize Derick Hiiliar had to concede a heat defeat to Walkerville returnee John Alsop & Wayde, recipients of 2nd place prize money.
     Another new face, Hermanus Viviers, topped the Banshee Quads class with 39pts whilst honours were pretty much even between the ladies, each winning a race apiece.  CCJ    FULL RESULTS

     Photography: Hannes Bronkhorst :         Neil Pettit                          Waylin Kruger      . . . and more,-  click below
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  Next Meeting at Walkerville -
   - SUNDAY Jan 31st, -
    just a few days away !

    The first speedway meeting of 2016 is just a few days away now, as the WSRC prepares for their opening 'Summer Challenge' on Sunday, 31st. More than 20-plus heats of Solo and Sidecar Speedway, Flat Track and Quad Bike racing for just R20 p/p, (kiddie enter free.)

   Join us by homing in on
location
       
S26 24 17  E27 57 48
  
       (Riders' practice day: Sat. 30th.)

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10.1.2016, Mildura, Australia:  Brady Kurtz is Youngest Australian Champion

    19-year old Brady Kurtz, former Somerset rider now signed for Poole in 2016 is the newest and youngest (tbc) Australian Solo Champion despite an exclusion for touching the tapes in today's Final of Rd.4 of the Championship in Mildura.
    Today's Final was won by Justin Sedgeman, but he failed to finish on the 
championship rostrum after crashing out of Rd.2 following one winning heat. Overall second place went to Sam Masters, just 1 pt. behind Kurtz with Max Fricke 3rd and Rohan Tungate 4th. Only 4 points separated the top 4 after 4 rounds of the championship, and all become eligible for a place in the SGP Challenge qualifiers in Europe.
    Final scores after 4 rds: Brady Kurtz 55, Sam Masters 54, Max Fricke 52, Rohan Tungate 51.  CCJ
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LIVE  SPEEDWAY  BROADCAST,   this Sunday, 10th, 11am
The 4th and final round of the Australian Solo Championship in Mildura, Victoria, will be streamed live and in full on the internet on Sunday 10th Jan, commencing 11am SAST, Joburg time. This is the link, here:
   Leading points scorers after today's Rd.3 (Fri.8th) at Gilman, Sth.Aust::
43 = Kurtz, 40 = Tungate & Masters, 37 = Fricke & Morris, 31 = J.Holder, 30 = Campton, 28 = Sedgmen..
If the stream fails you can keep abreast of results, heat-by-heat, or get the scores later, here.
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Walkerville 2016 Fixtures

    The full list of meetings at the Walkerville Oval has now been published and can be seen on the Fixtures & Results page.
   The first meeting of the season will be on Sunday Jan. 31st when all classes turn out for the Summer Challenge event. We look forward to seeing you all there.
 In a change to previous years, practice days in 2016 will
no longer be the week prior to the event but be the preceding day, Saturdays, except Nov.2016, when practice date will be Sat.19th. November.  Re-affirmed at AGM Feb.6th. with fixed hours of 11:00 to 15:00Hrs.
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4.1.2016  Shadrinsk, Russia:  Krasnikov wins again
   Nikolai Krasnikov claimed his 7th Russian National Ice Speedway championship this morning to complement his 8 world titles. Having dropped just 2 points in the first 3 rounds and being relatively unassailable, he eased off in Rd.4 for a mere 8pts, the title assured, -  the best 3 scores from 4 are counted. Having taken his 8th consecutive World Championship by the age of 27 in 2012, Krasnikov no longer competes on the international scene, the Russians still apparently racing to the party line. CCJ
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2016: The WSRC wishes all its riders and followers

a Happy & Healthy New Year

    Details of forthcoming meetings of the WSRC at the Walkerville Oval will be posted here and on the Fixtures & Results page in the course of the next few days as the 2016 season is formulated.
 
     (Provisional date of the first fixture is Sun. 31st Jan. tbc.)
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