1982 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1982 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1982 Individual Speedway World Championship.

1982 was the only time the Individual World Final was held outside of the United Kingdom or Europe before the advent of the Speedway Grand Prix series in 1995.

The 400 metres (440 yd) speedway track for the Final was laid out over the Coliseum's existing athletics track. The event was held in front of a crowd of approximately 40,000 people.

Controversy[edit]

Heat 14 of the championship proved to be the most controversial race of the night. After a slow start which saw defending champion Bruce Penhall, and England's Kenny Carter in 3rd and 4th places behind 1976 World Champion Peter Collins and Australian Phil Crump, both riders fought their way past Crump and into 2nd and 3rd behind Collins. Carter moved under Penhall into 2nd place at the end of the 2nd lap, and both riders proceeded to bump each other down the front straight with Carter emerging in front. Carter then went wide through turn 1 which allowed Penhall to come back underneath him. Carter then fell coming onto the back straight and went through the fence causing the race to be stopped. Norwegian referee Torrie Kittlesen then excluded Carter from the race for causing the stoppage. Carter protested claiming that Penhall had hit him in the corner causing him to come off his bike and walked back to the start line in an effort to stop the re-run going ahead without him. Officials and his manager Ivan Mauger were then forced to remove Carter from the track.

Although not shown in the television broadcast of the event, video footage shot from the back straight vindicated Kittlesen's decision. The footage showed that Penhall and Carter did not touch in the turn and that the Englishman had gone down on his own.

Penhall went on to win the re-run from Collins and Crump.

In another controversial decision, two races later Kittlesen excluded Czechoslovakian rider Vaclav Verner after a clash with West Germany's Georg Hack, the incident being almost a carbon copy of the Penhall / Carter incident. However, on this occasion it was the rider who stayed on his bike, Verner, who was excluded.

World final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United States Bruce Penhall (2,3,3,3,3) 14
2 England Les Collins (3,3,1,3,3) 13
3 United States Dennis Sigalos (3,2,2,2,3) 12
4 United States Kelly Moran (2,1,3,3,2) 11
5 England Kenny Carter (3,3,3,x,1) 10
6 England Dave Jessup (3,2,0,3,0) 8
7 Denmark Hans Nielsen (1,0,2,2,3) 8
8 Sweden Jan Andersson (1,2,2,1,2) 8
9 Czech Republic Jiří Štancl (0,1,3,1,2) 7
10 Poland Edward Jancarz (2,2,1,2,0) 7
11 Germany Georg Hack (2,0,2,1,1) 6
12 Finland Kai Niemi (0,3,1,0,1) 4
13 England Peter Collins (1,0,0,2,2) 5
14 Australia Phil Crump (1,1,1,1,0) 4
15 Czech Republic Vaclav Verner (0,1,0,x,1) 2
16 Soviet Union Michaił Starostin (0,0,0,0,0) 0
R1 Czech Republic Emil Sova did not ride -
R2 England Andy Grahame did not ride -

Classification[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 (13) Bruce Penhall 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 1
2 England (15) Les Collins 13 3 3 1 3 3 13 2
3 United States (4) Dennis Sigalos 12 3 2 2 2 3 12 3
4 United States (1) Kelly Moran 11 2 1 3 3 2 11 4
5 England (8) Kenny Carter 10 3 3 3 Fx 1 10 5
6 England (10) Dave Jessup 8 3 2 0 3 0 8 6
7 Denmark (16) Hans Nielsen 8 1 0 2 2 3 8 7
8 Sweden (5) Jan Andersson 8 1 2 2 1 2 8 8
9 Czech Republic (12) Jiří Štancl 7 0 1 3 1 2 7 9
10 Poland (7) Edward Jancarz 7 2 2 1 2 0 7 10
11 Germany (9) Georg Hack 6 2 0 2 1 1 6 11
12 Finland (14) Kai Niemi 5 0 3 1 0 1 5 12
13 England (2) Peter Collins 5 1 0 0 2 2 5 13
14 Australia (11) Phil Crump 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 14
15 Czech Republic (6) Vaclav Verner 2 0 1 0 x 1 2 15
16 Soviet Union (3) Michaił Starostin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
Czech Republic (17) Emil Sova 0 0
England (18) Andy Grahame 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

Television[edit]

During the meeting, scenes for an episode of the American television drama series CHiPs were filmed in the pits. One of the stars of CHiPs was World Champion Bruce Penhall who portrayed cadet–probationary officer Bruce Nelson. The episode centred on Nelson winning the World Final, with Penhall acting as Nelson in between races. Actual television coverage of the meeting was also used in the episode, with dubbed over commentary. The episode, which was episode 5 of season 6 ("Speedway Fever") aired in the USA on November 7, 1982, was Penhall's debut in the series.

It was footage shot from one of the 23 camera's that the CHiPs production crew had at the Coliseum that actually vindicated referee Torrie Kittlesen's decision to exclude Kenny Carter from Heat 14 after his clash with Penhall.

References[edit]

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