Chris Louis. U-21 WC 1990, Lvov.
9 July 1969 |
|Current club information|
|British league||Ipswich Witches|
|1990||World Under-21 Champion|
|1998, 2000||British Champion|
|2000||European Club Champion|
|1998||Elite League Champion|
|1998||Elite League KO Cup Winner|
|1998||Craven Shield Winner|
|1991||Elite League Four Team Champion|
|1988||National League Champion|
|1988||National League KO Cup Winner|
Christopher "Chris" Louis (born 9 July 1969) is an England international speedway motorcycle rider who rode for the Ipswich Witches and Hackney Kestrels. He is the son of former Great Britain International John Louis who is the current manager at the Ipswich club.
Louis is former schoolboy grasstrack champion. He started his professional career at Hackney before moving to Ipswich in 1989 where he rode to the end of his riding career. He has missed a couple of seasons due to injury.
Chris Louis made history in 1993 when he became the first son of a former World Finalist to also qualify for the World Final when he finished in third place in Pocking, Germany. Louis tied with former champion Hans Nielsen of Denmark in 11 points, only 1 point behind winner Sam Ermolenko of the United States. In a run-off to decide overall second place, Nielsen defeated Chris Louis who had to settle for third in his World Final debut.
Chris Louis qualified for the new Speedway Grand Prix series which replaced the former World Final in 1995. He finished a career best 7th in the 1995 SGP with a best finish of third in Poland. He continued to take part in the SGP series as a regular rider until 2000, with his best finishes being second placings in the 1998 Danish and Swedish GP's and the 1999 British GP. He rode in selected events in 2001 before making his last appearance as wild card in 2004.
During his career, Chris won trophies in the UK, Poland, Sweden and Germany, and in 1998 and 2000 he followed his father's footsteps by becoming British Speedway Champion (John Louis won in 1975).
Louis is married to Julie and the couple have two daughters: Hannah and Freya Louis.
World Final Appearances
Speedway Grand Prix results
|1995||7th||77||3rd||3rd Polish GP|
|1996||8th||54||5th||Best finish in German GP|
|1997||9th||59||5th||Best finish in Danish GP|
|1998||5th||59||2nd||2nd in Denmark and Sweden|
|1999||12th||50||2nd||2nd in British GP|
|2000||10th||60||3rd||Best finish in Czech Republic and Poland|
|2001||27th||6||19th||Best finish in German GP|
- Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6