1981 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1981 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1981 Individual Speedway World Championship.

1981 was the last of a record 26 times that London's famous Wembley Stadium hosted the World Final. In future years when the final was held in England, it would be held at the Odsal Stadium in Bradford until the advent of the Speedway Grand Prix series in 1995. The 1981 Final was held before a reported crowd of 92,500.

Bruce Penhall became the first American to win the World Championship since Jack Milne in 1937. As a past World Championship winner at Wembley, the 74 year old Milne was a special guest at the event and saw Penhall end America's 43 year World Championship drought.

World final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United States Bruce Penhall (3,3,3,3,2) 14
2 Denmark Ole Olsen (2,2,3,2,3) 12+3
3 Denmark Tommy Knudsen (3,2,2,2,3) 12+2
4 Denmark Erik Gundersen (2,3,0,3,3) 11
5 England Kenny Carter (3,2,3,R,3) 11
6 Sweden Jan Andersson (1,2,1,3,2) 9
7 West Germany Egon Müller (1,1,3,2,2) 9
8 England Dave Jessup (3,3,0,R,1) 7
9 Denmark Hans Nielsen (2,0,0,2,2) 6
10 England Michael Lee (0,3,2,0,F) 5
11 England Chris Morton (2,1,1,1,0) 5
12 Poland Edward Jancarz (1,1,1,1,1) 5
13 New Zealand Larry Ross (0,Tx,1,3,0) 4
14 Czechoslovakia Aleš Dryml, Sr. (0,0,2,0,1) 3
15 Poland Zenon Plech (F,0,2,1,0) 3
16 Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl (1,1,0,0,1) 3
R1 Poland Henryk Olszak (-,0,-,-,-) -
R2 Denmark Preben Eriksen did not ride -

Heat Results[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 United States (11) Bruce Penhall 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1
2 Denmark (3) Ole Olsen 12+3 2 2 3 2 3 12 2
3 Denmark (2) Tommy Knudsen 12+2 3 2 2 2 3 12 3
4 Denmark (10) Erik Gundersen 11 2 3 0 3 3 11 4
5 England (5) Kenny Carter 10 3 2 3 e 3 11 5
6 Sweden (12) Jan Andersson 9 1 2 1 3 2 9 6
7 Germany (7) Egon Müller 9 1 1 3 2 2 9 7
8 England (16) Dave Jessup 7 3 3 e e 1 7 8
9 Denmark (15) Hans Nielsen 6 2 0 0 2 2 6 9
10 England (9) Michael Lee 5 0 3 2 0 f 5 10
11 England (8) Chris Morton 5 2 1 1 1 0 5 11
12 Poland (1) Edward Jancarz 5 1 1 1 1 1 5 12
13 New Zealand (4) Larry Ross 4 0 t 1 3 0 4 13
14 Czech Republic (13) Aleš Dryml, Sr. 3 0 0 2 0 1 3 14
15 Poland (6) Zenon Plech 3 f 0 2 1 0 3 15
16 Czech Republic (14) Jiří Štancl 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 16
Poland (17) Henryk Olszak 0 0 0
Denmark (18) Preben Eriksen 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