2016 Elite League

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2016 Elite League
League2016 Elite League
Season2016
ChampionsWolverhampton Wolves
Elite ShieldPoole Pirates
Elite League Riders' ChampionshipSweden Fredrik Lindgren
Wolverhampton Wolves
Biggest home win65–25
Poole Pirates v. King's Lynn Stars
Biggest away win33–56
Leicester Lions v. Lakeside Hammers
Division/s below2016 Premier League
2016 National League

The 2016 Elite League was the top division of speedway leagues in Great Britain. The Elite League ran between March and October 2016. The Poole Pirates were the defending champions after winning their third consecutive title in 2015. The lineup of teams for 2016 stayed the same as in 2015, with the same eight teams competing. It was the last time that the competition would be known as the Elite League.

Regulation changes[edit]

At the annual Elite League AGM, which was held during October and November 2015, it was announced that speedway bosses would continue to give more opportunities to young talent. All 8 Elite League teams would continue to track two young British draft riders, who would start the season at reserve. However unlike recent years these riders would be given Elite League averages after four meetings, giving them the chance to move into the top five of the team if they performed well. As a result of the reserve riders being given averages the overall points limit that teams must adhere to was raised from 34 to 40.5.[1] In February 2016, it was announced that Elite League teams could sign an eighth stand-in rider, who could race in positions 2 to 5. The rider must be foreign and new to the Elite League.[2] Lakeside Hammers signed Dennis Jonsson as their eight rider for the season.[2][3]

Teams[edit]

Team-by-team[edit]

As of 23 February 2016.

Belle Vue Aces[edit]

Source:[4]

Coventry Bees[edit]

Source:[5]

King's Lynn Stars[edit]


Rory Schlein replaced Mads Korneliussen on 7 July in the King's Lynn Stars team.
Nicklas Porsing replaced Rory Schlein on 1 September in the King's Lynn Stars team.

Lakeside Hammers[edit]

Source:[6]

Leicester Lions[edit]

Source:[7]
Aaron Summers replaced Grzegorz Walasek on 12 April in the Leicester Lions team.
Davey Watt replaced Sebastian Ułamek on 11 May in the Leicester Lions team.
Ludvig Lindgren replaced Davey Watt on 13 June in the Leicester Lions team.

Poole Pirates[edit]

Source:[8]
Bjarne Pedersen replaced Davey Watt on 26 April in the Poole Pirates team.
Antonio Lindback replaced Hans Andersen on 19 September in the Poole Pirates team.

Swindon Robins[edit]

Source:[9]

Wolverhampton Wolves[edit]

Source:[10]
Peter Karlsson replaced Mikkel Bech on 3 June in the Wolverhampton Wolves team.
Tai Woffinden replaced Joonas Kylmäkorpi on 11 August in the Wolverhampton Wolves team.

Results[edit]

Teams faced each other four times: twice home and away. The first of the home and away meetings were called the 'A' fixtures, and the second were the 'B' fixtures.

'A' Fixtures[edit]

Home \ Away BV COV KL LH LEI PP SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 50–42 45–21 50–40 48–42 49–41 40–50 56–37
Coventry Bees 46–43 46–47 54–30 49–41 47–46 42–50 38–52
King's Lynn Stars 39–54 46–44 51–39 51–42 38–55 45–45 48–42
Lakeside Hammers 53–39 60–33 56–36 56–34 50–40 51–39 53–37
Leicester Lions 41–52 46–44 45–45 33–56 46–46 50–42 39–51
Poole Pirates 41–49 60–29 65–25 57–33 58–35 61–31 51–39
Swindon Robins 51–40 55–35 55–38 50–40 43–47 44–46 44–48
Wolverhampton Wolves 46–43 51–41 49–44 54–38 58–31 55–35 62–30
Source:[11]

'B' Fixtures[edit]

Home \ Away BV COV KL LH LEI PP SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 59–34 41–49 63–29 52–40 48–45 52–40 46–44
Coventry Bees 42–48 41–48 57–33 50–40 47–43 56–34 46–44
King's Lynn Stars 50–40 41–49 48–42 54–38 39–53 41–51 40–52
Lakeside Hammers 48–45 57–35 60–32 66–26 42–48 58–35 55–37
Leicester Lions 43–47 52–41 0–0 44–46 52–38 44–46 47–43
Poole Pirates 52–41 56–36 61–29 52–41 58–32 50–40 52–38
Swindon Robins 33–39 55–36 52–38 52–41 57–33 50–42 50–41
Wolverhampton Wolves 39–51 52–41 61–29 51–41 50–40 48–42 51–39
Source:[11]

Final league table[edit]


Leicester Vs King's Lynn (B Fixture) was not raced

Pos. Club M Home Away F A +/− Pts
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 Belle Vue Aces Q 28 12 0 2 4 3 0 3 4 1330 1178 +152 64
2 Poole Pirates Q 28 13 0 1 2 2 1 4 5 1394 1153 +241 59
3 Wolverhampton Wolves Q 28 13 0 1 3 1 0 4 6 1332 1210 +122 58
4 Lakeside Hammers Q 28 13 0 1 1 1 0 1 11 1323 1232 +91 47
5 Swindon Robins 28 10 0 4 3 1 1 0 9 1263 1267 -4 47
6 King's Lynn Stars 27 7 1 6 2 1 1 1 8 1112 1323 -211 36
7 Coventry Bees 28 9 0 5 1 0 0 2 11 1201 1348 -147 33
8 Leicester Lions 27 5 2 6 0 1 0 1 12 1103 1347 -244 21

Elite League Play-offs[edit]

Draw[edit]

  Semi-finals Grand final
                         
4 Lakeside Hammers 41 28 69  
1 Belle Vue Aces 49 63 112  
    1 Belle Vue Aces 36 50 86
  3 Wolverhampton Wolves 54 42 96
2 Poole Pirates 51 35 86
3 Wolverhampton Wolves 39 55 94  

Semi-finals[edit]

21 September 2016 Report Lakeside Hammers 41–49 Belle Vue Aces Arena Essex Raceway
Referee(s):
Mick Bates


21 September 2016 Report Poole Pirates 51–39 Wolverhampton Wolves Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Chris Gay


28 September 2016 Report Belle Vue Aces 63–28 Lakeside Hammers National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


28 September 2016 Report Wolverhampton Wolves 55–35 Poole Pirates Monmore Green Stadium
Referee(s):
Phil Griffin

Grand final[edit]

3 October 2016 Report Wolverhampton Wolves 54–36 Belle Vue Aces Monmore Green Stadium
Referee(s):
Chris Durno


5 October 2016 Report Belle Vue Aces 50–42 Wolverhampton Wolves National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Willie Dishington

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Eighth stand-in rider

Final Leading averages[edit]

[12]

Rider Team Average
Australia Jason Doyle Swindon 9.58
Denmark Niels Kristian Iversen Kings Lynn 9.04
Australia Chris Holder Poole 8.95
Sweden Andreas Jonsson Lakeside 8.45
Poland Krzysztof Kasprzak Coventry 7.91
Slovenia Matej Žagar Belle Vue 7.48
England Craig Cook Belle Vue 7.37
England Danny King Coventry 7.22
Sweden Freddie Lindgren Wolverhampton 7.21
Australia Sam Masters Wolverhampton 7.18

See also[edit]

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BRITISH SPEEDWAY UPDATE". Speedway GB. Speedway GB. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Andy Mitchell (2016-02-23). "Speedway: Poole Pirates to hold fire on eighth man option (From Bournemouth Echo)". Bournemouthecho.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  3. ^ "Lakeside snap up Swede - Sport". Romford Recorder. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  4. ^ "Official Belle Vue Speedway". Bellevueaces.co. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  5. ^ "Official Buildbase Coventry Speedway Website: 2016 COVENTRY BEES". Coventrybees.co. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Riders » Leicester Lions Speedway". Leicesterlions.co. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  8. ^ "Poole Pirates Speedway". Poolepirates.co. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  9. ^ "Swindon Robins Speedway Official Website: 2016 SWINDON ROBINS". Swindonrobins.co. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  10. ^ "Wolverhampton Wolves Speedway: 2016 WOLVERHAMPTON WOLVES". Wolverhamptonwolves.co. Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  11. ^ a b "BRITISH SPEEDWAY – RESULTS & SCORERS". Speedway GP. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Greensheet Averages" (PDF). Speedway GB.