1976 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1976 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1976 Individual Speedway World Championship.

England's Peter Collins became the first British World Speedway Champion since Peter Craven had won in 1962. Fellow Englishman Malcolm Simmons finished second with Australia's Phil Crump finishing third. 1976 was the first time since 1952 that no rider from New Zealand or Sweden finished on the podium in the World Final.[1]

British Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
3 April United KingdomBerwick Wales Taffy Owen United Kingdom Tom Owen United Kingdom Graham Jones
10 April United KingdomCanterbury United Kingdom Reg Luckhurst United Kingdom Ted Hubbard United Kingdom Graham Banks
11 April United KingdomMildenhall United Kingdom Kevin Jolly United Kingdom Andy Cusworth United Kingdom Laurie Etheridge
13 April United KingdomWeymouth United Kingdom Tony Featherstone United Kingdom Bob Coles United Kingdom Barney Kennett
22 April United KingdomSheffield United Kingdom Trevor Geer United Kingdom Alan Grahame United Kingdom Paul Tyrer
23 April United KingdomWolverhampton United Kingdom Alan Molyneux United Kingdom Brian Havelock United Kingdom Bob Coles
24 April United KingdomSwindon United Kingdom Dave Perks United Kingdom Steve Bastable United Kingdom Tom Owen
24 April United KingdomCradley Heath United Kingdom Bobby McNeil United Kingdom Mick Hines United Kingdom Mick Bell
Quarter-Finals
3 May United KingdomBirmingham United Kingdom Peter Collins United Kingdom Chris Pusey United Kingdom Alan Molyneux
5 May United KingdomPoole United Kingdom Dave Jessup United Kingdom Dave Morton United Kingdom Arthur Price
8 May United KingdomBelle Vue United Kingdom Alan Grahame United Kingdom John Davis United Kingdom Michael Lee
8 May United KingdomKing's Lynn United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons United Kingdom Chris Morton United Kingdom Doug Wyer
Semi-Finals
18 May United KingdomLeicester United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons United Kingdom Bob Kilby United Kingdom John Louis
19 May United KingdomWhite City United Kingdom Peter Collins Scotland Jim McMillan United Kingdom Doug Wyer
Final
June 2 United KingdomCoventry United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons United Kingdom Chris Morton United Kingdom Doug Wyer result

British 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 United Kingdom (9) Malcolm Simmons 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 United Kingdom (3) Chris Morton 13 2 3 2 3 3 13 2
3 United Kingdom (6) Doug Wyer 13 3 3 3 2 2 13 3
4 United Kingdom (12) Peter Collins 12 2 3 3 3 1 12 4
5 United Kingdom (5) John Louis 11 2 2 2 2 3 11 5
6 United Kingdom (7) Dave Jessup 10 1 2 3 2 2 10 6
7 Scotland (2) Jim McMillan 8 3 1 1 3 0 8 7
8 United Kingdom (15) Terry Betts 7 3 1 0 0 3 7 8
9 United Kingdom (13) Ray Wilson 5 2 1 0 2 0 5 9
10 United Kingdom (11) Bob Kilby 5 1 0 2 1 1 5 10
11 United Kingdom (16) John Davis 5 0 2 1 1 1 5 11
12 United Kingdom (10) Dave Morton 4 0 2 2 0 0 4 12
13 Scotland (14) George Hunter 4 1 0 0 1 2 4 13
14 United Kingdom (1) Mike Lanham 3 1 0 0 0 2 3 14
15 United Kingdom (4) Reg Wilson 3 0 1 1 1 0 3 15
16 United Kingdom (8) Chris Pusey 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) John Harrhy 0 0 R1
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

Swedish Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Semi-Finals
6 May SwedenKumla Sweden Bernt Persson Sweden Tommy Nilsson Sweden Soren Sjosten
9 May SwedenMalilla Sweden Lars Jansson Sweden Bo Wirebrand Sweden Per-Loke Gerhardsson
9 May SwedenLindesberg Sweden Tommy Jansson Sweden Hasse Holmqvist Sweden Christer Sjosten
Final
20 May SwedenStockholm Abandoned after the fatal crash of Tommy Jansson
25 May SwedenLinköping Sweden Bernt Persson Sweden Anders Michanek Sweden Soren Karlsson

Swedish 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 Sweden (9) Bernt Persson 14 3 3 2 3 3 14 1
2 Sweden (14) Anders Michanek 11 X 3 3 3 2 11 2
3 Sweden (2) Soren Karlsson 11 3 2 3 2 1 11 3
4 Sweden (3) Bengt Jansson 11 2 3 1 3 2 11 4
5 Sweden (10) Jan Simensen 10 2 0 3 2 3 10 5
6 Sweden (16) Tommy Nilsson 10 3 1 3 1 2 10 6
7 Sweden (13) Soren Sjosten 10 2 1 1 3 3 10 7
8 Sweden (4) Christer Sjosten 8 F 3 2 0 3 8 8
9 Sweden (5) Cal-Erik Claesson 8 3 2 2 0 1 8 9
10 Sweden (6) Lars-Like Andersson 6 2 1 2 1 0 6 10
11 Sweden (1) Eddie Davidsson 6 1 0 1 2 2 6 11
12 Sweden (15) Richard Hellsen 5 0 1 1 2 1 5 12
13 Sweden (8) Sven Nilsson 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 13
14 Sweden (7) Per-Olof Dovhjort 1 1 - 0 - 0 1 14
15 Sweden (11) Bo Wirebrand 1 1 - 0 - - 1 15
16 Sweden (12) Kenneth Selmolsson 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 16
Sweden (17) Bengt Larsson 1 0 1 1
Sweden (18) Gunnar Malmqvist 3 2 1 0 3
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

New Zealand Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
South Island Final
6 December, '75 New ZealandInvercargill New Zealand Larry Ross New Zealand Grahame Stapleton New Zealand Denis Sincock
North Island Final
10 January New ZealandPalmerston North New Zealand Colin Farquharson New Zealand Colin Tucker New Zealand Roy Trigg
New Zealand Final
14 February New ZealandChristchurch New Zealand Ivan Mauger New Zealand Barry Briggs New Zealand Larry Ross

Australian Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
New South Wales Round
22 November '75 AustraliaLiverpool Australia Billy Sanders Australia Phil Herne New Zealand Mitch Shirra
28 November '75 AustraliaNewcastle Australia Phil Herne Australia Terry Southerland New Zealand Mitch Shirra
29 November '75 AustraliaSydney New Zealand Mitch Shirra Australia Phil Herne Australia Billy Sanders
Queensland Qualification
6 December '75 AustraliaBrisbane Australia Mike Farrell Australia Ron Henderson Australia Darryl McLean
Southern Territory Qualification
9 January AustraliaAdelaide Australia John Boulger Australia Ray Snider Australia Robin Amundson
Victoria Qualification
17 January AustraliaMelbourne Australia Denny Kennedy Australia Rob Jones Australia John Dewhurst
Northern District
23 January AustraliaAdelaide Australia Phil Crump Australia John Boulger Australia Kym Amundson
31 January AustraliaSydney Australia Billy Sanders Australia Mike Farrell Australia John Langfield
7 February AustraliaBrisbane Australia Mike Farrell Australia John Titman Australia Garry Middleton
Southern Zone Final
13 February AustraliaAucland Australia Phil Crump Australia John Langfield Australia Phil Herne

Australian Final[edit]

  • February 13, 1976
  • Australia Adelaide
  • First 8 to Austral-Asian Final
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Australia Phil Crump 15
2 Australia John Langfield 13
3 Australia Phil Herne 12
4 Australia John Boulger 12
5 Australia Mitch Shirra 10
6 Australia John Titman 9
7 Australia Ticky Day 9
8 Australia Billy Sanders 8
9 Australia Mick McKeon 8
10 Australia Mike Farrell 6
11 Australia Robin Amundson 5
12 Australia Robert Maxfield 4
13 Australia Ron Henderson 3
14 Australia Rod Chessell 3
15 Australia Ray Snider 2
16 Australia Dene Davies 1
17 Australia Paul Scanlon 0

Intercontinental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Australasian Final
21 February New ZealandAucland Australia John Boulger Australia Billy Sanders Australia Phil Crump
Norwegian Final
25 April NorwaySkien Norway Reidar Eide Norway Dag Lovaas Norway Edgar Stangeland
Danish Final
25 April DenmarkVojens Denmark Finn Thomsen Denmark Kurt Bogh Denmark Jan Henningsen
Nordic Final
2 June SwedenNorrköping Denmark Ole Olsen Sweden Anders Michanek Sweden Bengt Jansson
American Final
 ? June United StatesSanta Monica United States Scott Autrey United States Mike Curosco United States Steve Gresham
Interconinental Final
26 June United KingdomWembley United Kingdom Peter Collins New Zealand Ivan Mauger Australia Phil Crump

Australasian Final[edit]

  • February 21, 1976
  • Australia Auckland
  • First 4 to Intercontinental Final
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Australia John Boulger 3,3,2,3,3 14
2 Australia Billy Sanders 2,3,3,3,2 13
3 Australia Phil Crump 3,3,3,X,3 12
4 New Zealand Ivan Mauger 3,2,X,3,3 11+3
5 Australia Phil Herne 3,2,1,2,3 11+2
6 Australia Mitch Shirra 2,3,2,3,1 11+1
7 New Zealand Barry Briggs X,1,3,2,2 8
8 Australia John Titman X,2,2,2,2 8
9 Australia Ricky Day 1,1,3,0,1 6
10 New Zealand Colin Tucker 2,2,1,0,0 5
11 New Zealand Colin Farqhuarson 1,E,1,2,1 5
12 Australia John Langfield X,1,2,1,0 4
13 New Zealand Larry Ross 2,1,0,1,E 4
14 New Zealand Graeme Stapleton 0,0,E,1,2 3
15 New Zealand Roy Trigg 1,0,0,0,1 2
16 New Zealand Paul Fewlings 0,0,1,0,0 1
R1 New Zealand Dennis Sincock 1
R2 New Zealand Robin Adlington 1

Norwegian Final[edit]

  • April 25, 1976
  • Norway Skien
  • First 3 to Nordic Final
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Norway Reidar Eide 15
2 Norway Dag Lovaas 14
3 Norway Edgard Stangeland 13
4 Norway Audun Olsen 11
5 Norway Oyvind Berg 11
6 Norway Jan Gravningen 10
7 Norway Kjell Gimre 9
8 Norway Helge Langli 9
9 Norway Tormod Langli 6
10 Norway Tom Godal 5
11 Norway Ingve Madland 4
12 Norway Stein Pedersen 4
13 Norway Askild Malmin 3
14 Norway Jorn Flatha 2
15 Norway Sigvard Pedersen 2
16 Norway Per Hetland 1

Danish Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Denmark Finn Thomsen 15
2 Denmark Kurt Bogh 12+3
3 Denmark Jan Henningsen 12+2
4 Denmark Leif Rasmusen 12+1
5 Denmark Finn Rune Jensen 11
6 Denmark Gunnar Svensen 10
7 Denmark Bent Noregaard 10
8 Denmark Michael Lohman 8
9 Denmark Kristian Praestbro 8
10 Denmark Jens Erik Krause 4
11 Denmark Knud Ellegaard 4
12 Denmark Ernst Boegh 4
13 Denmark Erling Rasmussen 3
14 Denmark Gotfried Andreasen 3
15 Denmark Jorgen Johansen 2
16 Denmark Kaj Kristensen 2

Nordic 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 Denmark (4) Ole Olsen 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1
2 Sweden (14) Anders Michanek 13 3 3 3 3 1 13 2
3 Sweden (10) Bengt Jansson 12 3 2 1 3 3 12 3
4 Norway (12) Dag Lovaas 11 2 2 3 1 3 11 4
5 Sweden (7) Bernt Persson 10 3 0 2 2 3 10 5
6 Sweden (5) Soren Sjosten 10 2 1 2 2 3 10 6
7 Sweden (6) Soren Karlsson 8 1 0 3 2 2 8 7 3
8 Norway (13) Edgar Stangeland 8 2 3 0 2 1 8 8 2
9 Finland (2) Ila Teromaa 8 2 1 0 3 2 8 9 1
10 Denmark (3) Finn Thomsen 6 0 3 2 1 0 6 10
11 Norway (1) Reidar Eide 6 1 2 2 0 1 6 11
12 Sweden (15) Tommy Nilsson 5 0 2 1 0 2 5 12
13 Finland (11) Markku Helminen 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 13
14 Sweden (9) Karl Erik Claesson 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 14
15 Sweden (8) Jan Simensen 1 0 1 - 0 0 1 15
16 Sweden (16) Christer Sjosten 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Lars Ake Andersson 1 1 1 R1
R2 Sweden (R2) Thomas Pettersson 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

American Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United States Scott Autrey
2 United States Mike Curosco
3 United States Steve Gresham

Interconinental 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 United Kingdom (11) Peter Collins 12+3 0 3 3 3 3 12 1
2 New Zealand (9) Ivan Mauger 12+2 1 3 2 3 3 12 2
3 Australia (1) Phil Crump 11+3 3 1 2 2 3 11 3
4 United Kingdom (7) Malcolm Simmons 11+2 3 0 3 3 2 11 4
5 United Kingdom (8) Chris Morton 10 2 2 3 1 2 10 5
6 United Kingdom (5) Doug Wyer 10 1 2 3 2 2 10 6
7 United States (10) Scott Autrey 9 2 2 1 3 1 9 7
8 United Kingdom (6) John Louis 8+3 0 3 0 2 3 8 8
9 Sweden (16) Anders Michanek 8+2 3 3 1 0 1 8 9
10 Australia (12) John Boulger 7 3 1 2 1 T 7 10
11 Australia (3) Billy Sanders 7 2 2 1 1 1 7 11
12 Denmark (13) Ole Olsen 6 X E 2 2 2 6 12
13 Sweden (15) Bengt Jansson 4 2 1 1 X 0 4 13
14 Sweden (4) Bernt Persson 3 1 0 0 1 1 3 14
15 Norway (2) Dag Lovaas 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15
16 Sweden (14) Soren Sjosten 1 1 0 E - - 1 16
United Kingdom (17) Trevor Geer 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom (18) Barry Thomas 0 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

Continental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
25 April ItalyLonigo West Germany Hans Wassermann Czechoslovakia Evzen Erban Czechoslovakia Karel Vobornik
25 April AustriaWiener Neustadt West Germany George Gilgenreiner West Germany Alois Wiesbock Austria Hubert Fischbaher
Quarter-Finals
15 May CzechoslovakiaOstrava Soviet Union Mikhail Starostin Soviet Union Vladimir Gordeev Soviet Union Viktor Trofimov
15 May Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaPrelog Italy Giuseppe Marzotto Soviet Union Viktor Kuznetsov Bulgaria Angel Eftimov
16 May West GermanyPocking West Germany Egon Muller West Germany Christoph Betzl Soviet Union Valery Gordeev
16 May HungaryDebrecen Czechoslovakia Vaclav Hejl Italy Paolo Noro Czechoslovakia Vaclav Verner
Semi-Finals
30 May PolandGdańsk Soviet Union Viktor Kuznetsov Italy Giuseppe Marzotto Soviet Union Vladimir Gordeev
30 May West GermanyKrumbach West Germany Egon Muller Soviet Union Valery Gordeev West Germany Cristoph Betzl
Final
June 20 Soviet UnionLeningrad West Germany Egon Muller Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl Soviet Union Valery Gordeev

Continental 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 West Germany (6) Egon Muller 9 3 3 3 9 1
2 Czechoslovakia (4) Jiří Štancl 8 3 3 2 8 2
3 Soviet Union (9) Valery Gordeev 7 1 3 3 7 3
4 Soviet Union (7) Vladimir Gordeev 7 1 3 3 7 4
5 Soviet Union (11) Grigory Khlynovsky 6 2 2 2 6 5
6 Soviet Union (14) Georgy Ivanov 6 3 1 2 6 6
7 Czechoslovakia (12) Jan Hadek 6 3 1 2 6 7
8 Soviet Union (15) Viktor Kuznetsov 4 0 1 3 4 8
9 Soviet Union (13) Nikolay Kornev 4 2 2 0 4 9
10 Soviet Union (5) Vladimir Smirnov 4 2 1 1 4 10
11 Soviet Union (16) Viktor Trofimov 4 1 2 1 4 11
12 Italy (10) Giuseppe Marzotto 3 0 2 1 3 12
13 West Germany (2) Hans Wasserman 2 2 0 0 2 13
14 West Germany (8) Christoph Betzl 1 0 0 1 1 14
15 Czechoslovakia (3) Jan Klokocka 1 1 0 0 1 15
16 Soviet Union (1) Mikhail Starostin 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1 Soviet Union (R1) Sergey Dyuzhev 0 0 R1
R2 Czechoslovakia (R2) Josef Minarik 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

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
1 United Kingdom (11) Peter Collins 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 1
2 United Kingdom (15) Malcolm Simmons 13 2 2 3 3 3 13 2
3 Australia (13) Phil Crump 12 3 3 2 1 3 12 3
4 New Zealand (5) Ivan Mauger 11 3 E 2 3 3 11 4
5 Poland (9) Zenon Plech 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 5
6 United Kingdom (7) John Louis 9 2 1 1 3 2 9 6
7 United Kingdom (10) Doug Wyer 8 0 3 3 1 1 8 7
8 West Germany (1) Egon Müller 8 3 1 2 2 F 8 8
9 United States (2) Scott Autrey 7 2 2 1 2 0 7 9
10 Czechoslovakia (12) Jiří Štancl 6 2 2 0 1 1 6 10
11 United Kingdom (16) Chris Morton 6 1 1 1 2 1 6 11
12 Poland (6) Edward Jancarz 5 1 1 0 1 2 5 12
13 Poland (4) Marek Cieślak 4 0 3 0 E 1 4 13
14 Poland (3) Jerzy Rembas 3 1 0 2 0 0 3 14
15 Soviet Union (8) Valery Gordeev 1 0 0 1 0 X 1 15
16 Soviet Union (14) Vladimir Gordeev 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Anders Michanek 2 2 2 R1
R2 Soviet Union (R2) Grigory Khlinovsky 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

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]