1978 British League season

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1978 British League season
League British League
Season 1978
Champions Coventry Bees
No. of competitors 19

The 1978 Gulf British League season was the fourteenth season of the highest tier of motorcycle speedway in Great Britain. The list of nineteen teams that competed in the league was identical to the previous season. The league was sponsored by Gulf Oil for a fourth season. Coventry Bees won their second title and their first for ten years. Belle Vue Aces were runners-up for the fourth time in five seasons.


League table[edit]

Team M W D L Pts
Coventry Bees 36 27 0 9 54
Belle Vue Aces 36 26 0 10 52
Hull Vikings 36 22 2 12 46
Wimbledon Dons 36 22 1 13 45
Cradley Heathens 36 21 1 14 43
Ipswich Witches 36 21 1 14 43
Exeter Falcons 36 20 1 15 41
Sheffield Tigers 36 19 2 15 40
Bristol Bulldogs 36 19 0 17 38
Poole Pirates 36 17 3 16 37
Leicester Lions 36 17 0 19 34
Halifax Dukes 36 14 3 19 31
King's Lynn Stars 36 14 2 20 30
Reading Racers 36 13 3 20 29
White City Rebels 36 12 3 21 27
Swindon Robins 36 12 3 21 27
Wolverhampton Wolves 36 11 1 24 23
Birmingham Brummies 36 11 1 24 23
Hackney Hawks 36 10 1 25 21

M = Matches; W = Wins; D = Draws; L = Losses; Pts = Total Points

Top Ten Riders[edit]

Rider Nat Team C.M.A.
1 Malcolm Simmons England Poole Pirates 10.78
2 Ole Olsen Denmark Coventry Bees 10.71
3 Scott Autrey United States Exeter Falcons 10.45
4 Peter Collins England Belle Vue Aces 10.44
5 Michael Lee England King's Lynn Stars 10.40
6 Chris Morton England Belle Vue Aces 10.31
7 Dave Jessup England Reading Racers 10.24
8 Billy Sanders Australia Ipswich Witches 10.23
9 Phil Crump Australia Bristol Bulldogs 9.99
10 Ivan Mauger New Zealand Hull Vikings 9.91

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