SGB Championship

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SGB Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event SGB Championship 2022
SportSpeedway
Founded2017
No. of teams11
Most recent
champion(s)
Poole Pirates
Most titlesSheffield Tigers, Workington Comets, Leicester Lions, Poole Pirates 1
Domestic cup(s)Poole Pirates
Official websitewww.speedwaygb.co.uk
Notes
League above
SGB Premiership (div 1)
League below
NDL (div 3)

The Speedway Great Britain (SGB) Championship is the second division of speedway league competition in the United Kingdom, governed by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA). It was introduced for 2017 following a restructuring of British speedway.[1]

Champions[edit]

Season Champions Second Third
2017 Sheffield Tigers Ipswich Witches Edinburgh Monarchs / Glasgow Tigers
2018 Workington Comets Lakeside Hammers Peterborough Panthers / Glasgow Tigers
2019 Leicester Lions Glasgow Tigers Redcar Bears / Somerset Rebels
2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Poole Pirates Glasgow Tigers Leicester Lions / Edinburgh Monarchs

League format[edit]

2017[edit]

The league contained ten teams who meet each other twice home and away. The top four teams at the end of the regular season go into playoffs to decide the champions. Ten of the teams from the previous Premier League were in the Championship for 2017.[2] In 2017, there was a relegation and promotion race-off between the Championship and the new top tier, the SGB Premiership, with the bottom team from the Premiership going into a playoff with the Championship winners.[1][3]

2018[edit]

The Lakeside Hammers opted to join the Championship after having competed in the National League in 2017.[4] Each team met each other home and away only once. The top four teams at the end of the regular season went into playoffs to decide the champions.

2019[edit]

11 teams made up the 2019 league structure. Birmingham Brummies,[5] Eastbourne Eagles, Leicester Lions and Somerset Rebels joined the Championship whilst Ipswich Witches and Peterborough Panthers moved up a level to the SGB Premiership. Workington Comets initially declared to run but then withdrew their intention.[6]

2021[edit]

12 teams make up the 2021 league structure. The Plymouth Gladiators, Poole Pirates and Kent Kings joining the Championship. Whilst the Sheffield Tigers moved up to the SGB Premiership. Somerset Rebels announced that they won’t be taking part for the 2021 season, later announcing the closure of the club.

Teams[edit]

Team building[edit]

At the start of the season, teams are built up to maximum points limit. The combined Calculated Match Average (CMA) of the riders declared in the team must not be higher than an agreed figure set at the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA) Annual General Meeting.

2017 teams[edit]

2018 teams[edit]

2019 teams[edit]

2020 teams[edit]

2021[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "British Speedway Gets Major Revamp", speedwaygb.co, 3 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016
  2. ^ "Speedway: Promotion and relegation introduced to revamped competition", BBC, 3 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016
  3. ^ "British Speedway set for big revamp with promotion and relegation", Sky Sports, 3 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016
  4. ^ "MAJOR MOVES ANNOUNCED - British Speedway Official Website".
  5. ^ "BIRMINGHAM SPEEDWAY STATEMENT - British Speedway Official Website".
  6. ^ "WORKINGTON WITHDRAW - British Speedway Official Website".

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