1983 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1983 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1983 Individual Speedway World Championship was the first time the World Final had been held in West Germany.

An almost capacity crowd of around 50,000 at the 400 metres (440 yards) long Motodrom Halbemond saw local favourite Egon Müller became the first German rider to win the World Championship. As of 2014 he is the only German to have obtained the honour. Australian Champion Billy Sanders, in career best form and always at his best on the longer tracks like those in his native Australia, scored his best ever World Championship placing by finishing second, with England's 1980 World Champion Michael Lee finishing third.

With both Sanders and former champion Lee in good form, and with the winner of the previous two World Finals Bruce Penhall having retired from speedway while on the podium at the 1982 World Final, the 1983 final was expected to be one of the most open in years. Others including Kenny Carter (England), Dennis Sigalos (USA), and Danes Ole Olsen, Hans Nielsen and Erik Gundersen, were all expected to challenge. Like surprise winner Jerzy Szczakiel who won at home in Poland in 1973, Egon Müller was expected to do well in front of his home crowd, but wasn't among the pre-meeting favourites.

In his last World Final appearance, "The Great Dane" Ole Olsen, the 1971, 1975 and 1978 World Champion, finished 6th with 10 points. He fittingly won his last ride, defeating Gundersen, Czechoslovakia's Jiří Štancl, and American Lance King in Heat 18.

Overseas Qualification[edit]

Australian Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Australia Billy Sanders (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 Australia Glyn Taylor (3,2,2,3,3) 13
3 Australia Phil Crump (3,3,3,X,3) 12
4 Australia Gary Guglielmi (2,1,3,2,3+3) 11+3
5 Australia Rod Hunter (2,2,2,3,2+2) 11+2
6 Australia Danny Kennedy (1,1,3,3,0) 8
7 Australia Les Sawyer (1,3,1,2,1) 8
8 Australia Steve Baker (3,0,2,0,2) 7
9 Australia Mark Fiora (2,2,0,1,2) 7
10 Australia John Titman (X,2,1,2,2) 7
11 Australia Steve Regeling (0,3,0,2,1) 6
12 Australia David Jackson (1,2,0,1,0) 4
13 Australia Dean Johnson (0,1,1,2,1) 4
14 Australia Rob Ashton (2,0,1,1,0) 4
15 Australia Kevin O'Connell (Res) (-,-,2,-,-) 2
16 Australia Wayne Baxter (0,0,0,0,1) 1
17 Australia Tony Boyle (Res) (1,-,-,-,-) 1
18 Australia Chris Higgs (0,0,0,0,0) 0


New Zealand Qualification[edit]

  • First 2 from New Zealand final to Overseas final
Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
South Island Final
 ?? New ZealandOrtegi Park Speedway New Zealand Ivan Mauger  ??  ??
North Island Final
 ?? New ZealandPalmerston North Showgrounds New Zealand David Bargh  ??  ??
New Zealand Final
 ?? New ZealandRuapuna Speedway New Zealand Mitch Shirra New Zealand Larry Ross New Zealand David Bargh


British Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United Kingdom Chris Morton 12
2 United Kingdom Michael Lee 11
3 United Kingdom Andy Grahame 10+3
4 United Kingdom Kenny Carter 10+2
5 United Kingdom Peter Collins 10+1
6 United Kingdom John Davis 10+0
7 United Kingdom Phil Collins 9
8 United Kingdom Les Collins 8
9 United Kingdom Paul Woods 7
10 United Kingdom Dave Jessup 6
11 United Kingdom Simon Wigg 6
12 United Kingdom Gordon Kennett 6
13 United Kingdom Colin Richardson 6
14 United Kingdom Malcolm Simmons 5
15 United Kingdom Sean Willmott 2
16 United Kingdom Neil Collins 0


American Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 United States Dennis Sigalos (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 United States Mike Faria 11+3
3 United States Lance King 11+2
4 United States Shawn Moran 10+3
5 United States Rick Miller 10+2
6 United States John Cook 10+1
7 United States Dubb Ferrell 9
8 United States Ron Preston 8
9 United States Mike Bast 7
10 United States Kelly Moran 7
11 United States Bobby Schwartz 7
12 United States Brad Oxley 5
13 United States Steve Lucero 3
14 United States Shawn McConnell 3
15 United States Alan Christian 2
16 United States Gene Woods 1


Nordic Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 Denmark Erik Gundersen 14
3 Denmark Ole Olsen 12
4 Denmark Peter Ravn 11
5 Sweden Jan Andersson 11
6 Sweden Pierre Brannefors 10+3
7 Finland Kai Niemi 10+2
8 Denmark Tommy Knudsen 8
9 Denmark Finn Jensen 7
10 Finland Ari Koponen 6
11 Sweden Tommy Nilsson 4
12 Norway Tormod Langli 3
13 Sweden Uno Johansson 3
14 Finland Olli Tyrväinen 3
15 Norway Dag Haaland 2
16 Sweden Anders Kling 1


Overseas Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Points Details
1 England Phil Collins 12
2 England Kenny Carter 11+2
3 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 11+2
4 New Zealand Larry Ross 10
5 Australia Billy Sanders 10
6 United States Dennis Sigalos 9
7 England Chris Morton 9
8 England Andy Grahame 9
9 England Michael Lee 8
10 United States Lance King 8
11 United States Shawn Moran 7
12 England Les Collins 6
13 England John Davis 4
14 England Peter Collins 3
15 Australia Glyn Taylor 2
16 United States Mike Faria 1


Continental Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Points Details
1 Poland Zenon Plech 15
2 West Germany Egon Müller 14
3 Czech Republic Jiří Štancl 12
4 Czech Republic Petr Ondrašík 11
5 Czech Republic Antonín Kasper, Jr. 10
6 West Germany Karl Maier 9+3
7 Netherlands Henny Kroeze 9+2
8 Poland Andrzej Huszcza 8
9 Soviet Union Valerij Gordeev 7
10 Soviet Union Michail Starostin 5
11 Czech Republic Aleš Dryml, Sr. 5
12 Hungary Zoltan Hajdu 4
13 Czech Republic Emil Sova 4
14 Soviet Union Rif Saitgareev 3
15 Soviet Union Viktor Kuznetsov 2
16 Italy Armando Dal Chiele 2


InterContinental Final[edit]

Pos. Rider Points Details
1 Denmark Hans Nielsen 14
2 England Michael Lee 12
3 Denmark Erik Gundersen 11
4 England Kenny Carter 10
5 United States Dennis Sigalos 10
6 Australia Billy Sanders 10
7 Denmark Ole Olsen 9
8 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 8
9 England Chris Morton 8
10 United States Lance King 7
11 England Phil Collins 6
12 Denmark Peter Ravn 5
13 Sweden Jan Andersson 4
14 Sweden Pierre Brannefors 3
15 England Andy Grahame 2
16 New Zealand Larry Ross 1


World final[edit]

Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 West Germany Egon Müller (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 Australia Billy Sanders (3,3,2,2,2) 12
3 England Michael Lee (3,2,0,3,3) 11
4 Denmark Erik Gundersen (3,0,2,3,2) 10
5 England Kenny Carter (2,3,3,1,1) 10
6 Denmark Ole Olsen (1,3,1,2,3) 10
7 Denmark Hans Nielsen (2,2,2,3,E) 9
8 United States Dennis Sigalos (2,1,3,0,2) 8
9 West Germany Karl Maier (1,1,1,2,3) 8
10 England Chris Morton (2,1,3,1,0) 7
11 New Zealand Mitch Shirra (1,2,2,0,2) 7
12 United States Lance King (0,2,0,2,0) 4
13 England Phil Collins (0,1,1,1,1) 4
14 Czech Republic Antonín Kasper, Jr. (0,0,1,1,1) 3
15 Poland Zenon Plech (1,0,0,0,0) 1
16 Czech Republic Jiří Štancl (0,0,0,0,1) 1
R1 Denmark Peter Ravn did not ride -
R2 Netherlands Henny Kroeze did not ride -

Karl Maier replaced the injured Petr Ondrašík. Henny Kroeze replaced Maier as a reserve

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 Germany (12) Egon Müller 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 Australia (5) Billy Sanders 12 3 3 2 2 2 12 2
3 England (4) Michael Lee 11 3 2 0 3 3 11 3
4 Denmark (16) Erik Gundersen 10 3 0 2 3 2 10 4
5 England (10) Kenny Carter 10 2 3 3 1 1 10 5
6 Denmark (7) Ole Olsen 10 1 3 1 2 3 10 6
7 Denmark (13) Hans Nielsen 9 2 2 2 3 e 9 7
8 United States (1) Dennis Sigalos 8 2 1 3 0 2 8 8
9 Germany (15) Karl Maier 8 1 1 1 2 3 8 9
10 England (8) Chris Morton 7 2 1 3 1 0 7 10
11 New Zealand (3) Mitch Shirra 7 1 2 2 0 2 7 11
12 United States (2) Lance King 4 0 2 0 2 0 4 12
13 England (14) Phil Collins 4 0 1 1 1 1 4 13
14 Czech Republic (6) Antonín Kasper, Jr. 3 0 0 1 1 1 3 14
15 Poland (11) Zenon Plech 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 15
16 Czech Republic (9) Jiří Štancl 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 16
Denmark (17) Peter Ravn 0 0
Netherlands (18) Henny Kroeze 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

References[edit]

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