1979 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1979 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1979 Individual Speedway World Championship.

In his 14th straight World Final appearance (dating back to 1966), New Zealand's Ivan Mauger won his 6th Speedway World Championship, breaking the previous record of 5 wins held by himself and legendary Swede Ove Fundin. Mauger scored 14 points to defeat local favourite Zenon Plech (13) and young English tearaway Michael Lee (11), with Lee the only rider to defeat Mauger on the day. Lee also had to defeat Kelly Moran (USA), Billy Sanders (Australia) and defending champion Ole Olsen in a runoff for third after all four riders finished on 11 points.

This would prove to be the last appearance for Ivan Mauger as a rider in a World Final.

Overseas Series[edit]

American Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 United States Bobby Schwartz 12+3
2 United States Mike Bast 12+2
3 United States Kelly Moran 12+1
4 United States Steve Gresham 12+0
5 United States Mike Faria 10
6 United States Steve McConnell 9
7 United States Bruce Penhall 7
8 United States Bill Cordy 7
9 United States John Cook 6
10 United States Rich McMurray 6
11 United States Gary Hutchinson 6
12 United States Dave Robinson 5
13 United States Duane Yarrow 5
14 United States Dave Faria 4
15 United States Denny Pyeatt 3
16 United States Mark Blom 2


Australasian Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Australia Billy Sanders 13
2 Australia Steve Koppe 12
3 Australia John Titman 11+3
4 Australia Phil Crump 11+2
5 New Zealand Ivan Mauger 11+1
6 New Zealand Larry Ross 10+3
7 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 10+2
8 Australia Gary Guglielmi 8
9 New Zealand John Goodall 8
10 Australia Danny Kennedy 6
11 Australia John Boulger 6
12 Australia Glyn Taylor 6
13 New Zealand Tony Briggs (Res) 4
14 New Zealand Graeme Stapleton 2
15 New Zealand David Bargh (Res) 2
16 New Zealand Roger Wright 0


Nordic Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 Sweden Jan Andersson 13+3
2 Denmark Hans Nielsen 13+2
3 Denmark Finn Thomsen 12+1
4 Denmark Ole Olsen 12+0
5 Finland Kai Niemi 9+3
6 Finland Ila Teromaa 9+2
7 Denmark Bo Petersen 8
8 Sweden Bernt Persson 8
9 Sweden Anders Michanek 7
10 Denmark Michael Lohman 6
11 Norway Reidar Eide 6
12 Norway Rolf Gramstad 5
13 Sweden Åke Fridell 4
14 Sweden Richard Hellsén 3
15 Finland Olli Turkia 2
16 Norway Audun Ove Olsen 2
17 Sweden Lars-Åke Andersson (Res) 1
18 Sweden Sören Karlsson (Res) 0


British Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 England Peter Collins 15
2 England Michael Lee 14
3 England Dave Jessup 12
4 England John Davis 11
5 England Doug Wyer 10
6 England Malcolm Simmons 10
7 England Roger Johns 8
8 England Gordon Kennett 8
9 England Alan Molyneux 7
10 England John Louis 6+3
11 England Chris Morton 6+2
12 England Reg Wilson 6+1
13 Scotland Jim McMillan 4
14 England Alan Grahame 3
15 England Mike Lanham 1
16 England Ian Turner 0


Commonwealth Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 England Michael Lee 14+3
2 Australia Billy Sanders 14+2
3 England Dave Jessup 12
4 New Zealand Larry Ross 11
5 New Zealand Ivan Mauger 11
6 England Peter Collins 10
7 Australia John Titman 9
8 England Gordon Kennett 8
9 England John Davis 7
10 England Malcolm Simmons 6
11 England Doug Wyer 5
12 England John Louis 4
13 England Roger Johns 2
14 Australia Phil Crump 2
15 Australia Steve Koppe 2
16 England Alan Molyneux 1
17 New Zealand Mitch Shirra (Res) 1
18 England Chris Morton (Res) 1


Continental Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 West Germany Christoph Betzl 14
2 Soviet Union Michaił Starostin 13
3 Czech Republic Zdeněk Kudrna 12+3
4 West Germany Alois Wiesböck 12+2
5 Czech Republic Petr Ondrašík 11
6 Soviet Union Valerij Gordeev 10
7 Czech Republic Vaclav Verner 9
8 Czech Republic Jiří Štancl 7
9 Soviet Union Viktor Kuznetsov 7
10 Soviet Union Anatolij Maximov 6
11 West Germany Karl Maier 6
12 West Germany Georg Hack 4
13 Czech Republic Jan Hadek 4
14 Hungary László Mészáros 4
15 Hungary Janos Szöke (Res) 1
16 Czech Republic Jan Verner 0
17 Czech Republic Aleš Dryml, Sr. 0


Intercontinental Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Total
1 England Michael Lee 14+3
2 England Peter Collins 14+2
3 Denmark Finn Thomsen 10+3
4 England Dave Jessup 10+2
5 New Zealand Ivan Mauger 10+1
6 Denmark Ole Olsen 9
7 United States Kelly Moran* 8
8 Australia Billy Sanders 8
9 Australia John Titman 8
10 New Zealand Larry Ross 7
11 Finland Kai Niemi 6
12 England Gordon Kennett 5
13 England John Davis 4
14 United States Bobby Schwartz 2
15 Denmark Hans Nielsen 2
16 England Malcolm Simmons (Res) 2
17 Sweden Jan Andersson 1

Kelly Moran replaced Mike Bast


World final[edit]

Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos
1 New Zealand (15) Ivan Mauger 14 3 3 2 3 3 14 1
2 Poland (7) Zenon Plech 13 3 1 3 3 3 13 2
3 England (5) Michael Lee 11+3 2 3 3 0 3 11 3
4 United States (3) Kelly Moran 11+2 1 2 3 2 3 11 4
5 Australia (4) Billy Sanders 11+1 3 3 1 2 2 11 5
6 Denmark (10) Ole Olsen 11+0 3 3 2 1 2 11 6
7 Czech Republic (11) Zdenek Kudrna 8 2 0 3 3 0 8 7
8 England (16) Dave Jessup 8 E 1 2 3 2 8 8
9 Poland (12) Edward Jancarz 7 1 2 1 2 1 7 9
10 Denmark (13) Finn Thomsen 6 2 E 0 2 2 6 10
11 England (1) Peter Collins 6 2 2 1 1 E 6 11
12 Australia (14) John Titman 5 1 2 2 0 1 6 12
13 Soviet Union (2) Michail Starostin 3 0 1 0 1 1 3 13
14 Germany (6) Christoph Betzl 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 14
15 Poland (8) Robert Slabon 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 15
16 Germany (9) Alois Wiesböck 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 16
Czech Republic (17) Petr Ondrašík 0 0
New Zealand (18) Larry Ross 0 0
Placing Rider Total 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pts Pos

m - exclusion for exceeding two minute time allowance • t - exclusion for touching the tapes • x - other exclusion • e - retired or mechanical failure • f - fell • ns - non-starter • nc - non-classify

gate A - inside gate B gate C gate D - outside

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5