1984 Individual Speedway World Championship

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1984 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1984 Individual Speedway World Championship.

Without former champions Ivan Mauger, Ole Olsen, Peter Collins, Michael Lee, and Bruce Penhall, the 1984 World Final, held for the eighth time at the Ullevi Stadium in Göteborg, Sweden, was seen by some as the battle of the second tier riders. Though history would ultimately prove the first and second placed riders as among the best Motorcycle speedway has ever seen, winning every World Final between them until the end of the 1980s.

Dane Erik Gundersen won his first Speedway World Championship from countryman Hans Nielsen who defeated American Lance King in a run-off for second and third places. Defending champion Egon Müller of West Germany could not reproduce his 1983 World Final form and finished 14th with just 3 points from his 5 rides. 1983 runner-up Billy Sanders of Australia, the track record holder at Ullevi, fared marginally better, finishing 11th with just 5 points.

British Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
8 April United KingdomMildenhall United Kingdom Richard Knight United Kingdom Kevin Jolly United Kingdom Robert Henry
8 April United KingdomBoston United Kingdom David Perks United Kingdom Colin Cook United Kingdom Steven Lomas
10 April United KingdomWeymouth United Kingdom Marvyn Cox United Kingdom Martin Yeats United Kingdom Alun Rossiter
13 April ScotlandEdinburgh United Kingdom Kenny McKinna United Kingdom Dave Trownson United Kingdom Charlie McKinna
17 April United KingdomMilton Keynes United Kingdom Trevor Banks United Kingdom Barry Thomas United Kingdom Keith White
29 April United KingdomHalifax United Kingdom Kevin Jolly United Kingdom Marvyn Cox United Kingdom Barry Thomas
16 May United KingdomPoole United Kingdom Michael Lee United Kingdom Chris Morton United Kingdom Phil Collins
25 May United KingdomOxford United Kingdom Neil Evitts United Kingdom Andy Grahame United Kingdom Kenny Carter
Final
20 June United KingdomCoventry United Kingdom Kenny Carter United Kingdom Andy Grahame United Kingdom Dave Jessup

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 21
1 United Kingdom (5) Kenny Carter 13 3 3 1 3 3 13 1
2 United Kingdom (10) Andy Grahame 12 3 2 3 1 3 12 2
3 United Kingdom (15) Dave Jessup 11 2 3 2 2 2 11 3
4 United Kingdom (4) Les Collins 10 2 3 1 3 1 10 4
5 United Kingdom (2) Martin Yeates 10 1 3 3 1 2 10 5
6 United Kingdom (1) Alan Grahame 9 3 3 0 3 T 9 6
7 United Kingdom (3) Simon Wigg 8 E 0 3 2 3 8 7
8 United Kingdom (7) Jeremy Doncaster 8 0 2 2 1 3 8 8
9 United Kingdom (14) Peter Collins 7 1 1 1 2 2 7 9 3
10 United Kingdom (16) Neil Evitts 7 3 2 2 0 0 7 10 2
11 United Kingdom (11) Gordon Kennett 6 2 1 1 2 0 6 11
12 United Kingdom (9) Chris Morton 5 E 1 2 1 1 5 12
13 United Kingdom (13) John Louis 4 X 2 0 0 2 4 13
14 United Kingdom (8) Phil Collins 3 X 0 E 3 E 3 14
15 United Kingdom (12) John Davis 3 1 1 0 0 1 3 15
16 United Kingdom (6) Mark Couertney 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) Kevin Hawkins 1 1 1 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 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

Swedish Qualification[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Semi-Finals
SwedenHallstavik Sweden Pierre Brannefors Sweden Leif Wahlman Sweden Mikael Messing
SwedenMalilla Sweden Bjorn Andersson Sweden Anders Kling Sweden Alf Trofast
5 May SwedenLinkoping Sweden Jan Andersson Sweden Per Jonsson Sweden Uno Johansson
Final
22 May SwedenKumla Sweden Jan Andersson Sweden Bjorn Andersson Sweden Tommy Nilsson
23 May SwedenVastervik Sweden Jan Andersson Sweden Pierre Brannefors Sweden Mikael Blixt
24 May SwedenGoteborg Sweden Pierre Brannefors Sweden Jan Andersson Sweden Per Jonsson

Intercontinental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Australian Final
29 January AustraliaMildura AustraliaPhil Crump AustraliaBilly Sanders AustraliaGary Guglielmi
New Zealand Final
4 February New ZealandWellington New Zealand Mitch Shirra New Zealand Larry Ross New Zealand David Bargh
Norwegian Final
25 April NorwaySkien Norway Reidar Eide Norway Dag Lovaas Norway Edgar Stangeland
American Final
9 June United StatesLong Beach United States Bobby Schwartz United States Kelly Moran United States Shawn Moran
Scandinavian Final
12 June SwedenNorrkoping Denmark Hans Nielsen Denmark Erik Gundersen Sweden Mikael Blixt
Overseas Final
15 July United KingdomBelle Vue United States Lance King Australia Phil Crump United States Shawn Moran
Intercontinental Final
20 July DenmarkVojens United States Shawn Moran United Kingdom Simon Wigg United States Lance King

Australian Final[edit]

  • January 29, 1984
  • Australia Mildura
  • First 2 to Overseas final plus 1 reserve
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Australia Phil Crump (3,3,3,3,3) 15
2 Australia Billy Sanders (3,2,3,2,3) 13
3 Australia Gary Guglielmi (F,3,3,3,2) 11
4 Australia John Titman (3,3,2,1,1) 10
5 Australia Rod Hunter (0,2,2,3,3) 10
6 Australia Steve Regeling (1,3,0,3,2) 9
7 Australia Steve Baker (2,F,1,2,3) 8
8 Australia Stan Bear (2,1,0,2,2) 7
9 Australia Glyn Taylor (3,2,0,F,1) 6
10 Australia Mark Fiora (1,1,3,0,0) 5
11 Australia David Jackson (2,2,1,F,X) 5
12 Australia Ray Palmer (2,X,2,0,1) 5
13 Australia Brent Nott (0,2,2,1,0) 5
14 Australia David Cheshire (1,0,0,1,2) 4
15 Australia Ashley Norton (F,-,-,-,-) 0
16 Australia JOhn McNeil (-,-,-,-,-) 0
R1 Australia Greg Barrett (1,1,1,0) 3
18 Australia Chris Schmidt (0,1,0,1,0) 2

New Zealand Final[edit]

  • February 4, 1984
  • New Zealand Christchurch
  • First 2 to Overseas final plus 1 reserve
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 New Zealand Mitch Shirra 15
2 New Zealand Larry Ross 14
3 New Zealand David Bargh 13
4 New Zealand Barry Briggs 11
5 New Zealand Alan Mason 11
6 New Zealand Peter Nightingale 9
7 New Zealand Chris Martin 9
8 New Zealand Mike Fullerton 8
9 New Zealand Robin Hampton 7
10 New Zealand Alan Fisher 6
11 New Zealand Greg de Kok 5
12 New Zealand Steve Duckworth 5
13 New Zealand Alan Crosbie 4
14 New Zealand Wayne Brown 2
15 New Zealand Greg Holloway 1
16 New Zealand Mark Richards 0

Norwegian Final[edit]

  • April 25, 1984
  • Norway Skien
  • First 2 to Scandinavian final
Pos. Rider Heat Scores Total
1 Norway Reidar Eide 15
2 Norway Dag Lovaas 14
3 Norway Edgar Stangeland 13
4 Norway Ove Audun Olsen 11

American 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 United States (11) Bobby Schwartz 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 United States (6) Kelly Moran 14 3 3 2 3 3 14 2
3 United States (12) Shawn Moran 13 2 3 3 3 2 13 3
4 United States (1) Lance King 11 3 3 1 1 3 11 4
5 United States (4) John Cook 10 2 2 3 2 1 10 5
6 United States (7) Rick Miller 10 1 2 2 2 3 10 6
7 United States (13) Mike Faria 9 3 2 1 2 1 9 7
8 United States (8) Sam Ermolenko 6 2 E 3 0 1 6 8
9 United States (5) Robert Pfetzing 6 0 1 2 3 F 6 9
10 United States (15) Mike Curosco 5 1 1 0 1 2 5 10
11 United States (14) Dennis Sigalos 4 2 2 F - - 4 11
12 United States (3) Brad Oxley 3 0 E 2 1 0 3 12
13 United States (9) Buddy Robinson 3 0 0 1 0 2 3 13
14 United States (2) John Sandoma 4 1 0 1 1 1 4 14
15 United States (10) Dubb Farrell 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 15
16 United States (16) Alan Christian 0 X - - - - 0 16
R1 United States (R1) Jim Lawson 4 0 0 2 2 4 R1
R2 United States (R2) Keith Christo 1 1 0 1 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 Final[edit]

  • June 12, 1984
  • Sweden Norrkoping,
  • First 7 to Intercontinental 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 Denmark (13) Hans Nielsen 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 1
2 Denmark (11) Erik Gundersen 12 3 2 3 2 2 12 2
3 Sweden (15) Mikael Blixt 11 3 1 1 3 3 11 3 3
4 Sweden (5) Jan Andersson 11 3 X 3 2 3 11 4 2
5 Finland (14) Kai Niemi 11 1 3 3 3 1 11 5 1
6 Denmark (3) Bo Petersen 11 1 3 2 3 2 11 6 0
7 Sweden (2) Tommy Nilsson 10 3 2 2 X 3 10 7
8 Finland (8) Ari Koponen 8 2 2 1 1 2 8 8
9 Denmark (16) Peter Ravn 7 0 3 2 0 2 7 9
10 Denmark (1) Jens Rasmussen 7 2 2 0 2 1 7 10
11 Sweden (6) Pierre Brannefors 6 1 1 1 2 1 6 11
12 Sweden (12) Bjorn Andersson 4 2 1 0 1 0 4 12
13 Denmark (10) John Eskilden 3 F X 2 1 0 3 13
14 Finland (4) Pekka Hautamaeki 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 14
15 Norway (9) Einar Kyllingstad 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 15
16 Norway (7) Ray Otto 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Patrick Karsson 0 0 0 R1
R2 Sweden (R2) Leif Wahlman 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

Overseas 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 United States (2) Lance King 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
2 Australia (7) Phil Crump 12 3 3 3 2 1 12 2
3 United States (10) Shawn Moran 11 3 E 3 2 3 11 3
4 Australia (4) Billy Sanders 10 1 3 1 3 2 10 4
5 United Kingdom (8) Alan Grahame 10 2 2 1 3 2 10 5
6 New Zealand (9) Mitch Shirra 9 1 3 3 2 0 9 6
7 United Kingdom (11) Kenny Carter 8 2 2 3 0 1 8 7
8 United Kingdom (14) Simon Wigg 8 1 1 2 1 3 8 8
9 New Zealand (16) Larry Ross 7 2 1 1 1 2 7 9
10 United States (5) Kelly Moran 6 1 1 2 2 0 6 10 3
11 United Kingdom (15) Les Collins 6 3 1 0 1 1 6 11 2
12 United Kingdom (13) Jeremy Doncaster 5 X 0 E 2 3 5 12
13 United Kingdom (1) Andy Grahame 5 2 1 2 0 0 5 13
14 United States (12) Bobby Schwartz 3 0 0 1 E 2 3 14
15 United Kingdom (6) Dave Jessup 3 0 2 0 0 1 3 15
16 United Kingdom (3) Martin Yeates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1 United States (R1) John Cook 0 0 R1
R2 Australia (R2) Gary Guglielmi 0 0 R2
R3 New Zealand (R3) David Bargh 0 0 R3
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

Intercontinental Final[edit]

  • July 20, 1984
  • Denmark Vojens
  • First 12 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 United States (12) Shawn Moran 13 3 3 2 3 2 13 1
2 United Kingdom (10) Simon Wigg 12 1 2 3 3 3 12 2
3 United States (9) Lance King 11 2 3 2 2 2 11 3
4 Denmark (14) Bo Petersen 9 3 3 0 2 1 9 4
5 New Zealand (15) Mitch Shirra 9 1 3 1 3 1 9 5
6 United States (5) Kelly Moran 8 3 F 3 2 0 8 6
7 Finland (16) Kai Niemi 8 2 0 3 0 3 8 7
8 Denmark (13) Hans Nielsen 8 0 E 2 3 3 8 8
9 Denmark (8) Erik Gundersen 8 2 2 3 1 0 8 9
10 Sweden (1) Jan Andersson 7 2 2 1 0 2 7 10
11 Australia (11) Billy Sanders 7 0 1 2 2 2 7 11
12 United Kingdom (4) Alan Grahame 6 1 1 1 0 3 6 12 3
13 United Kingdom (3) Kenny Carter 6 3 0 1 1 1 6 13 2
14 Australia (7) Phil Crump 5 1 2 0 1 1 5 14
15 New Zealand (2) Larry Ross 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15
16 Sweden (6) Mikael Blixt 1 F 0 0 1 0 1 16
R1 Sweden (R1) Tommy Nilsson 0 0 R1
R2 United Kingdom (R2) Les Collins 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

Continental Round[edit]

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
22 April Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaKrsko Poland Edward Jancarz West Germany Georg Gilgenreiner Poland Jerzy Rembas
22 April HungaryDebrecen Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl Poland Woijcech Zabialowicz Hungary János Oreskó
22 April CzechoslovakiaSlany Czechoslovakia Vaclav Verner Poland Maciej Jaworek Czechoslovakia Stanislav Urban
22 April West GermanyOlching West Germany Josef Aigner West Germany Peter Wurtele Italy Armando Castagna
Quarter-Finals
5 May PolandGdańsk Czechoslovakia Antonín Kasper, Jr. Poland Boleslaw Proch Czechoslovakia Petr Ondrašík
5 May West GermanyLandshut West Germany Egon Muller West Germany Karl Maier Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl
6 May AustriaWiener Neustadt West Germany Josef Aigner Poland Andrzej Huszcza West Germany Alois Wiesbock
6 May HungarySzeged Soviet Union Mikhail Starostin Poland Edward Jancarz Czechoslovakia Aleš Dryml, Sr.
Semi-Finals
10 June West GermanyNorden West Germany Egon Muller Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl West Germany Karl Maier
10 June Socialist Federal Republic of YugoslaviaŽarnovica Poland Zenon Kasprzak Czechoslovakia Petr Ondrašík Czechoslovakia Lubomir Jedek
Final
22 July Soviet UnionRovno West Germany Egon Muller West Germany Karl Maier Czechoslovakia Jiří Štancl

Continental Final[edit]

  • July 22, 1984
  • Soviet Union Rovno
  • First 5 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 West Germany (14) Egon Muller 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 1 3
2 West Germany (5) Karl Maier 14 3 3 3 3 2 14 2 2
3 Czechoslovakia (2) Jiří Štancl 11 3 2 2 3 1 11 3 3
4 Czechoslovakia (11) Vaclav Verner 11 3 3 2 2 1 11 4 2
5 Poland (9) Edward Jancarz 10 2 2 2 2 2 10 5
6 Czechoslovakia (16) Petr Ondrašík 9 0 1 3 2 3 9 6
7 West Germany (6) Georg Hack 8 1 F 1 3 3 8 7
8 Czechoslovakia (13) Aleš Dryml, Sr. 7 1 1 2 1 2 7 8
9 Czechoslovakia (8) Lubomir Jedek 6 0 3 1 0 2 6 9
10 Netherlands (10) Henny Kroeze 6 F 1 3 1 1 6 10
11 Soviet Union (7) Mikhail Starostin 6 2 2 F 2 0 6 11
12 Poland (4) Andrzej Huszcza 4 1 2 1 X 0 4 12
13 Poland (15) Zenon Plech 3 3 0 F X - 3 13
14 Czechoslovakia (1) Zdenek Schneiderwind 2 2 F 0 0 0 2 14
15 West Germany (3) Peter Wurtele 1 0 1 0 - X 1 15
16 Poland (12) Zenon Kasprzak 1 1 0 - - - 1 16
R1 Poland (R1) Boleslaw Proch 5 1 1 3 5 R1
R2 West Germany (R2) Josef Aigner 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 Denmark (5) Erik Gundersen 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 1
2 Denmark (3) Hans Nielsen 13 3 3 3 1 3 13 2 3
3 United States (14) Lance King 13 3 3 2 3 2 13 3 2
4 United States (10) Kelly Moran 12 2 2 2 3 3 12 4
5 New Zealand (7) Mitch Shirra 10 3 2 1 1 3 10 5
6 United Kingdom (11) Simon Wigg 9 3 1 2 3 0 9 6
7 Denmark (2) Bo Petersen 9 2 1 2 2 2 9 7
8 United States (6) Shawn Moran 7 1 0 3 1 2 7 8
9 West Germany (12) Karl Maier 7 0 3 1 2 1 7 9
10 Sweden (4) Jan Andersson 6 0 2 3 0 1 6 10
11 Australia (1) Billy Sanders 5 1 2 1 0 1 5 11
12 Finland (9) Kai Niemi 4 1 1 0 2 0 4 12
13 Czechoslovakia (16) Petr Ondrašík 3 2 0 0 E 1 3 13
14 West Germany (8) Egon Muller 3 0 1 1 1 F 3 14
15 Czechoslovakia (13) Jiří Štancl 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 15
16 Czechoslovakia (15) Vaclav Verner 0 0 0 E - - 0 16
R1 United Kingdom (R1) Alan Grahame 5 3 2 5 R1
R2 West Germany (R2) Georg Hack 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

References[edit]

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