Lejonen

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Lejonen
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Club information
Track address Axelent Arena
Gislaved
Jönköping County
Sweden
Country Sweden Sweden
Founded 1936
Team manager Anders Fröjd and Jesper Lindroth
Team captain David Ruud
League Elitserien
Website Official Website
Club facts
Colours Black, gold and red
Nickname Lions
Track size 380 metres
Track record time 65.5 seconds
Track record date 2008
Track record holder Nicki Pedersen
Major team honours
Allsvenskan Champions 2007

Lejonen (the Lions) is a speedway club from Gislaved in Sweden who compete in the Swedish Elitserien. Their home track is at the Axelent Arena which is Sweden's oldest track still in use.[1]

History[edit]

In December 1929 Gislaved Motorclub was formed and by 1931 the track was built. The track was originally 6 metres (20 ft) wide and 400 metres (440 yd) long but in 1936 it was widened to 10 metres (33 ft) and during the 1980s the inside edge of the track was moved and the length was reduced to 380 metres (1,250 ft). In 1963 the Lejonen team began racing in Division Three and became the champions in 1965.[1] Lejonen finished at the top of Division Two (the Allsvenskan) in 2007 and defeated Valsarna in the play-off final to gain promotion to the Elitserien for 2008.[2]

During the winter of 2007-08 the track underwent major changes to accommodate Elitserien racing and the club announced the signing of Nicki Pedersen, the 2007 World Champion.[1][3]

2008 Squad[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Lejonen Speedway site" (in Swedish). Lejonen speedway. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Swedish Leagues". Benfield Sports International. 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Nicki makes the switch". Benfield Sports International. 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 

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