4 November 1968 |
|Current club information|
|1986-1988, 1990-1997||Bradford Dukes|
|1992, 1996||Gorzów Wielkopolski (POL)|
|2001-2003, 2005||Piła (POL)|
|2005||Arena Essex Hammers|
|1986||British Under 21 Champion|
|1987||European Under-21 Champion|
|1991, 1992||British Champion|
|1992, 1995||South African Champion|
|1995||Premier League Riders Champion|
|1997||Elite League Champion|
|2000||Swedish Elitserien Champion|
|1991, 1992, 1993||British League KO Cup Winner|
|1995||Premier League KO Cup Winner|
|2007||Young Shield Winner|
|1986||National League Fours Winner|
Robert Gary Havelock (born 4 November 1968, in Eaglescliffe, County Durham, England) is a former speedway rider who was World Champion in 1992, and for several years captained the Redcar Bears in the Premier League. He is the son of former speedway rider Brian Havelock.
Havelock first competed in grasstrack racing, winning the British Junior Championship, before following his father into speedway. Havelock showed his potential early in his speedway career, winning the Suffolk Open Championship at Mildenhall as a 16-year-old in 1984, only two weeks after qualifying for a licence.
Havelock started his league career with local club Middlesbrough Tigers (the team managed by his father) in 1985, moving from reserve to the main body of the team by May, before moving to the Bradford Dukes in 1987, where he spent the next ten seasons. A season with the Eastbourne Eagles was followed by five seasons with the Poole Pirates until 2003. During this time Havelock also spent the 1986/87 and 1988/89 seasons in Australia based at the North Arm Speedway in Adelaide.
The highlight of his career was when he won the World Championship in 1992 at the Olympic Stadium in Wrocław, Poland. Havelock, the first British World Champion since Michael Lee in 1980, finished three points clear of 1990 World Champion Per Jonsson of Sweden, and four in front of Dane Gert Handberg He has also represented Great Britain in the Speedway World Team Cup finals six times, finishing runner-up in 1990 and in the Speedway World Cup four times, finishing runner-up in 2004.
Havelock missed most of the 1996 season after seriously injuring his back whilst representing England in a test match against Australia at Poole in the July. Havelock had ridden in the first two of the Speedway Grand Prix meetings that season.
At the 2007 BSPA Annual General Meeting, Great Britain team manager Neil Middleditch announced that he would be "happy to continue" in the position but recommended that Havelock should be his successor once he has retired from racing, stating "he would take to it like a duck to water". Middleditch also mentioned he would be happy for Havelock to act as his assistant.
World final appearances
Individual World Championship
World Pairs Championship
- 1992 - Lonigo, Pista Speedway (with Kelvin Tatum / Martin Dugard) - 2nd - 23pts (15+2)
- 1993 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center (with Joe Screen / Martin Dugard) - 4th - 17pts (0)
World Team Cup
- 1988 - Long Beach, Veterans Memorial Stadium (with Simon Wigg / Simon Cross / Kelvin Tatum / Chris Morton) - 4th - 22pts (8)
- 1990 - Pardubice, Svítkov Stadion (with Kelvin Tatum / Simon Wigg / Jeremy Doncaster / Marvyn Cox) - 2nd - 34pts (5)
- 1991 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center (with Marvyn Cox / Martin Dugard / Chris Louis / Paul Thorp) - 4th - 11pts (3)
- 1992 - Kumla, Kumla Speedway (with Mark Loram / Joe Screen / Martin Dugard / Kelvin Tatum) - 3rd - 31pts (7)
- 1993 - Coventry, Brandon Stadium (with Kelvin Tatum / Martin Dugard / Joe Screen / Chris Louis) - 4th - 14pts (4)
- 1994 - Brokstedt, Holsteinring Brokstedt (with Mark Loram / Chris Louis) - 7th - 16pts (3)
- 2003 - Vojens, Vojens Speedway Center (with Dean Barker / David Norris / Lee Richardson / Scott Nicholls) - 5th - 44pts (3)
- 2004 - Poole, Poole Stadium (with David Norris / Lee Richardson / Mark Loram / Scott Nicholls) - 2nd - 48pts (9)
Individual Under-21 World Championship
Speedway Grand Prix results
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