1972 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1972 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1972 Individual Speedway World Championship.

Attendance was estimated to be around 75,000.

In Heat 5, former four-time champion Barry Briggs was involved in an accident which all but ended his speedway career. Going into the first turn his front wheel was hit by Bernt Persson's bike which caused him to fall. He was then hit by the following Russian riders Grigory Khlinovsky and Valery Gordeev. Briggs suffered a severe hand injury and lost the index finger on his right hand which caused him to temporarily retire from racing. Briggs had been considered one of the pre-meeting favourites and his favouritism had been firmed when he had beaten fellow New Zealander Ivan Mauger in Heat 2.

To the boos of the 75,000 strong Wembley crowd, FIM referee Georg Traunspurger did not exclude Persson, a lucky break for the Swede as he would later go on to finish in second place after losing a runoff with Ivan Mauger who took out his fourth World Championship. Although the rider of the meeting was undoubtedly defending champion Ole Olsen. In his first ride (Heat 4) while challenging Swede Christer Löfqvist for the lead after coming through from the back following a near crash in the first turn, he dramatically fell and would score no points. From there he was untroubled to win his next four rides to finish in a clear third place.

British Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
15 April United KingdomCanterbury United Kingdom Bob Young United Kingdom Malcolm Ballard United Kingdom Brian Foote
16 April United KingdomRye House United Kingdom Dave Kennett United Kingdom Bob Humphreys United Kingdom Barry Crowson
21 April United KingdomPeterborough United Kingdom Geoff Maloney Australia Phil Crump United Kingdom Kevin Holden
27 April United KingdomBarrow-in-Furness United Kingdom John Harrhy United Kingdom Alan Wilkinson United Kingdom Malcolm Shakespeare
28 April United KingdomWorkington United Kingdom Alan Knapkin United Kingdom George Major United Kingdom Russ Dent
20 May United KingdomHalifax United Kingdom Eric Boocock United Kingdom Bob Kilby United Kingdom Ray Wilson
20 May United KingdomKings Lynn United Kingdom Terry Betts United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons Wales Howard Cole
20 May United KingdomBelle Vue New Zealand Ivan Mauger United Kingdom Chris Pusey Scotland Jim McMillan
22 May United KingdomReading New Zealand Ronnie Moore United Kingdom Dave Jessup United Kingdom Mick Bell
22 May United KingdomExeter Wales Howard Cole United Kingdom Bob Kilby New Zealand Barry Briggs
25 May United KingdomOxford United Kingdom Terry Betts Australia Garry Middleton United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons
25 May United KingdomSheffield United Kingdom Arnold Haley New Zealand Ivan Mauger United Kingdom Bobby Beaton
25 May United KingdomWimbledon New Zealand Ronnie Moore New Zealand Bob Andrews New Zealand Barry Briggs
25 May United KingdomIpswich United Kingdom David Kennett United Kingdom John Harrhy United Kingdom George Hunter
26 May United KingdomHackney Australia Geoff Curtis United Kingdom Barry Thomas United Kingdom Chris Pusey
26 May United KingdomWolverhampton United Kingdom Dave Gifford United Kingdom Peter Collins United Kingdom Norman Hunter
27 May United KingdomSwindon New Zealand Barry Briggs United Kingdom Martin Ashby Australia Phil Crump
27 May United KingdomCradley Heath New Zealand Bob Andrews United Kingdom Arnold Haley United Kingdom Bob Kilby
27 May United KingdomCoventry United Kingdom Nigel Boocock United Kingdom Tony Lomas United Kingdom John Louis
30 May United KingdomPoole United Kingdom Nigel Boocock Australia Geoff Curtis Wales Howard Cole
2 June ScotlandGlasgow United Kingdom Bobby Beaton Scotland Jim McMillan United Kingdom John Louis
2 June WalesNewport New Zealand Bruce Cribb United Kingdom Tony Clarke United Kingdom Mike Broadbanks
6 June United KingdomLeicester United Kingdom Dave Jessup New Zealand Ivan Mauger United Kingdom Malcolm Shakespeare
Semi-Finals
20 June United KingdomLeicester United Kingdom Terry Betts New Zealand Ronnie Moore United Kingdom Arnold Haley
22 June United KingdomSheffield New Zealand Ivan Mauger Scotland Jim McMillan Australia John Boulger
Final
2 August United KingdomCoventry New Zealand Ivan Mauger United Kingdom Nigel Boocock New Zealand Barry Briggs

British Final[edit]

  • August 2, 1972
  • United Kingdom Coventry
  • First 5 to World Final
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 21
1 New Zealand (6) Ivan Mauger 14 3 3 3 2 3 14 1
2 United Kingdom (12) Nigel Boocock 12 3 2 2 3 2 12 2
3 New Zealand (4) Barry Briggs 11 1 3 3 1 3 11 3 3
4 United Kingdom (8) John Louis 11 2 1 3 3 2 11 4 E
5 United Kingdom (9) Eric Boocock 10 2 2 1 3 2 10 5 3
6 Scotland (2) Jim McMillan 10 3 1 3 0 3 10 6 2
7 United Kingdom (15) Terry Betts 9 3 2 1 0 3 9 7
8 United Kingdom (10) Ray Wilson 7 T 2 1 3 1 7 8
9 United Kingdom (11) Dave Jessup 7 1 3 T 2 1 7 9
10 Australia (13) John Boulger 7 0 3 2 1 1 7 10
11 United Kingdom (3) Martin Ashby 6 2 1 2 1 0 6 11
12 United Kingdom (16) Arnold Haley 5 1 0 1 2 1 5 12
13 Australia (5) Garry Middleton 4 1 1 0 0 2 4 13
14 United Kingdom (1) Peter Collins 3 0 E 2 1 0 3 14
15 United Kingdom (7) Trevor Hedge 2 0 E 0 2 0 2 15
16 New Zealand (14) Ronnie Moore 2 2 E 0 0 0 2 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) Pete Bailey 0 0 0 R1
R2 United Kingdom (R2) Norman Hunter 0 F 0 R2
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 21

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

Scandinavian Qualifications[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Qualifications
27 April SwedenStockholm Sweden Anders Michanek Sweden Karl-Eric Claesson Sweden Hans Holmqvist
30 April SwedenMalilla Sweden Jan Simensen Sweden Tommy Johansson Sweden Per Olaf Soderman
1 May SwedenVisby Sweden Christer Löfqvist Sweden Tommy Jansson Sweden Leif Enecrona
1 May SwedenLindesberg Sweden Bernt Persson Sweden Soren Sjosten Sweden Lars Jansson
11 May SwedenGislaved Sweden Bernt Persson Sweden Tommy Jansson Sweden Torbjorn Harrysson
11 May SwedenAvesta Sweden Hans Holmqvist Sweden Soren Sjosten Sweden Tommy Johansson
12 May SwedenLinköping Sweden Anders Michanek Norway Reidar Eide Sweden Bengt Jansson
Final
1 June SwedenNorrköping Sweden Bengt Jansson Sweden Anders Michanek Denmark Ole Olsen

Scandinavian Final[edit]

  • 1 June 1972
  • Sweden Norrköping
  • First 8 to European Final plus 1 reserve
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Sweden Bengt Jansson 3,2,3,3,3 14
2 Sweden Anders Michanek 3,3,3,1,3 13
3 Denmark Ole Olsen 3,2,2,3,2 12
4 Sweden Bernt Persson 1,2,3,2,3 11
5 Sweden Hasse Holmqvist 2,3,2,2,2 11
6 Sweden Christer Löfqvist 3,3,3,0,1 10
7 Sweden Jan Simensen 2,0,2,3,3 10
8 Norway Reidar Eide 1,3,1,2,2 9
9 Sweden Tommy Jansson 2,1,2,3,E 8
10 Norway Dag Lovaas 1,1,1,2,0 5
11 Sweden Tommy Johansson 0,1,0,1,2 4
12 Norway Oyvind Berg 1,0,0,1,1 3
13 Sweden Gote Nordin 0,2,1,0,- 3
14 Sweden Leif Enecrona 0,0,1,1,1 3
15 Sweden Per Olaf Soderman 2,0,0,0,0 2
16 Sweden Soren Sjosten 0,1,0,0,- 1
R1 Sweden Christer Sjosten E 0
R2 Sweden Runo Wedin 0 0

Continental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Qualifying Round
7 May Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaMaribor Czechoslovakia Petr Ondrašík Czechoslovakia Jan Verner Hungary Sandor Csato
11 May ItalyUdine Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Draško Oreško Austria Gunther Walla Bulgaria Chiedalko Niedialkov
Quarter-Finals
21 May HungaryMiskolc Hungary Janosh Szőke Soviet Union Oleg Dzyadyk Soviet Union Aleksandr Pavlov
21 May CzechoslovakiaLiberec Soviet Union Viktor Trofimov Soviet Union Yuri Dubinin Poland Jan Mucha
21 May West GermanyAbensberg Poland Henryk Glucklich Czechoslovakia Jan Holub I Soviet Union Grigory Klinovsky
21 May PolandGorzów Wielkopolski Poland Edward Jancarz Poland Zenon Plech Soviet Union Valery Gordeev
Semi-Finals
3 June CzechoslovakiaPrague Poland Edward Jancarz Czechoslovakia Milan Špinka Poland Zenon Plech
4 June PolandBydgoszcz Poland Marek Cieślak Poland Pawel Waloszek Poland Henryk Glucklich
Continental Final
25 June Soviet UnionCherkessk Soviet Union Viktor Trofimov Soviet Union Viktor Kalmykov Soviet Union Anatoly Kuzmin
European Final
3 September PolandWroclaw Poland Pawel Waloszek Denmark Ole Olsen Sweden Anders Michanek

Continental Final[edit]

  • June 25, 1972
  • Soviet Union Cherkessk
  • First 8 to European Final plus 1 reserve
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Soviet Union Viktor Trofimov 2,3,3,3,3 14
2 Soviet Union Viktor Kalmykov 3,3,3,2,2 13
3 Soviet Union Anatoly Kuzmin 2,2,2,3,3 12
4 Soviet Union Valery Gordeev 3,1,1,3,3 11
5 Czechoslovakia Milan Špinka 1,3,3,2,1 10
6 Soviet Union Grigory Khlinovsky 3,2,F,1,3 9
7 Poland Pawel Waloszek 0,3,2,2,2 9
8 Soviet Union Aleksandr Pavlov 2,2,2,1,2 9
9 Poland Zenon Plech F,2,2,3,F 7
10 Soviet Union Anatoly Mironov 1,1,1,2,1 6
11 Poland Zygfryd Friedek X,1,1,1,2 5
12 Czechoslovakia Petr Ondrašík 3,X,0,0,1 4
13 Soviet Union Vasily Baturin F,X,3,X,0 3
14 Poland Marek Cieślak 0,1,1,1,0 3
15 Poland Henryk Glucklich 2,E,X,0,X 2
16 Poland Edward Jancarz 1,X,E,E,1 2
R1 Soviet Union Gennadij Kurilenko 1,0,0,X 1
R2 Soviet Union Vladimir Kubanov 0,0,0 0

European Final[edit]

  • September 3, 1972
  • Poland Wroclaw
  • First 8 to World Final plus 1 reserve
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 21
1 Poland (12) Pawel Waloszek 13 3 1 3 3 3 13 1
2 Denmark (8) Ole Olsen 11 3 3 2 1 2 11 2
3 Sweden (13) Anders Michanek 11 3 3 1 3 1 11 3
4 Soviet Union (16) Aleksandr Pavlov 10 1 0 3 3 3 10 4
5 Soviet Union (4) Anatoly Kuzmin 10 2 2 3 3 0 10 5
6 Soviet Union (3) Grigory Khlinovsky 9 3 3 3 0 0 9 6
7 Sweden (10) Christer Löfqvist 8 2 1 2 2 1 8 7
8 Soviet Union (11) Viktor Trofimov 8 1 2 2 2 1 8 8
9 Sweden (2) Bernt Persson 7 1 3 1 0 2 7 9
10 Soviet Union (6) Valery Gordeev 7 2 2 E 1 2 7 10
11 Soviet Union (14) Viktor Kalmykov 7 2 F 1 2 2 7 11
12 Sweden (5) Jan Simensen 6 F 2 0 1 3 6 12
13 Czechoslovakia (15) Milan Špinka 5 0 1 2 0 2 5 13
14 Sweden (9) Bengt Jansson 3 0 E 0 2 1 3 14
15 Sweden (1) Hasse Holmqvist 2 F E 1 1 0 2 15
16 Norway (7) Reidar Eide 0 E 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Tommy Jansson 0 0 R1
R2 Poland (R2) Zenon Plech 0 0 R2
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 21

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

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 21
1 New Zealand (6) Ivan Mauger 13 2 3 2 3 3 13 1 3
2 Sweden (13) Bernt Persson 13 2 3 3 3 2 13 2 2
3 Denmark (16) Ole Olsen 12 F 3 3 3 3 12 3
4 Sweden (15) Christer Löfqvist 11 3 2 3 0 3 11 4
5 United Kingdom (14) John Louis 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 5
6 Soviet Union (7) Aleksandr Pavlov 8 1 3 0 3 1 8 6
7 Sweden (4) Anders Michanek 8 X 2 2 2 2 8 7
8 Poland (3) Paweł Waloszek 6 3 1 0 1 1 6 8
9 Soviet Union (8) Viktor Trofimov 6 0 0 2 2 2 6 9
10 United Kingdom (12) Nigel Boocock 6 2 1 2 1 0 6 10
11 Soviet Union (10) Viktor Kalmykov 6 1 1 1 2 1 6 11
12 Soviet Union (11) Anatoly Kuzmin 4 3 0 0 1 0 4 12
13 Soviet Union (1) Grigory Khlinovsky 4 2 1 1 0 0 4 13
14 New Zealand (5) Barry Briggs 3 3 F - - - 3 14
15 United Kingdom (2) Eric Boocock 2 X 0 0 0 2 2 15
16 Soviet Union (9) Valery Gordeev 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Jan Simensen 2 2 0 2 R1
R2 Scotland (R2) Jim McMillan 2 1 1 2 R2
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 21

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