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1973 Individual Speedway World Championship

1973 Individual Speedway World Championship
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The 1973 Individual Speedway World Championship.

The 1973 World Final was won by Polish rider Jerzy Szczakiel following a run-off in with defending champion Ivan Mauger after both riders had finished on 13 points. On the second lap of the run-off, Mauger fell in turn 3 after trying a risky passing move leaving Szczakiel to win easily. Another Polish rider, Zenon Plech finished third. Rank outsider Szczakiel, who had finished last with no points scored in his only other World Final appearance in Sweden in 1971, rode the meeting of his life and was only beaten in his final two rides before defeating Mauger in the run-off.

The final, held at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland, was held in front of the largest crowd in world speedway history, estimated to be around 130,000, though some reports put the size of the crowd as anywhere from 90,000 to 120,000.[1]

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ControversyEdit

The Final was surrounded by controversy, with decisions made by Georg Traunspurger, the referee assigned to the meeting by the FIM, seeming to openly favour the Polish riders in an attempt to have a home town win and/or more than one Polish rider on the podium, although Jerzy Szczakiel's form on the day did not require the referee's help. One of his decisions was to have 2nd reserve Andrzej Wyglenda of Poland race in Heat 16 in front of 1st reserve Tommy Jansson of Sweden (after Bernt Persson of Sweden was unable to ride), making it 4 Polish riders in the race. The race itself also had people talking as second placed Edward Jancarz, who led for the first three laps, seemed to let Zenon Plech take the lead in the final turn, allowing Plech, who had more points at that stage of the meeting, to collect another 3 points for the win. Some observers believed Jancarz spent the first 3 laps almost inviting Plech to take the lead.

However, by far his most controversial decision was to exclude Soviet rider Gregory Khlynovski from Heat 19. Khlynovski had attempted to pass on the inside of Zenon Plech for the lead going into the back straight of the last lap. As he was passed by the Russian, Plech lost control of his bike and fell. Despite protests from riders and the Soviet officials, after speaking to him via the pit phone the referee simply took Plech's word that Khlynovski had knocked him off his bike. He did not take into account any eye witness reports and excluded Khlynovski, resulting in the Russian officials walking out in disgust. England's Peter Collins, who was in 3rd place at the time of the crash, was awarded the heat win, Plech, who didn't actually finish the race, was awarded 2nd, while another Russian, Valery Gordeev, was awarded third place even though he did not finish the race either after hitting Plech's fallen bike. In a show of good sportsmanship, Collins gave the fallen Plech a ride back to the pits on the back of his bike.

The result of the two points he gained for second place allowed Plech to finish a clear third in the championship. The ruling, with Khlynovski excluded, should have seen Collins as the only rider to score from the heat, with both Plech and Gordeev scoring no points after failing to finish. This would have resulted in Plech only finishing the championship on 10 points and in 5th place. Had Khlynovski been the winner of the heat as many believe he should have been, including many of the riders in the meeting, he would have ended on 13 points, which would have put him in the run-off for the title with Szczakiel and Mauger.[2]

British television commentator Dave Lanning called the ruling "The craziest piece of speedway regulations in the history of World Championship racing", before adding that "It seems to me that the authorities here in Katowice are making up the rules to suit themselves to get their boys a world title."

Due to the perceived bias shown to the Polish riders, it had been reported and long believed that referee Georg Traunspurger was himself Polish. However, the official program of the meeting names Traunspurger as being from West Germany.

British QualificationEdit

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Preliminary Round
29 April  Eastbourne   Gordon Kennett   Paul Gachet   Bobby McNeil
29 April  Boston   Graeme Stapleton   John Dews   Russ Osborne
2 May  Bradford   Neil Street   Billy Sanders   Rick France
7 May  Crewe   Mitch Graham   Arthur Price   Les Owen
7 May  Birmingham   Jim Ryman   Bob Paulson   Ted Howgego
12 May  Kings Lynn   John Louis   Terry Betts   Malcolm Simmons
14 May  Reading   Martin Ashby   Mick Bell   Geoff Curtis
16 May  Poole   Pete Smith   Ray Wilson   Terry Betts
17 May  Sheffield   Jim McMillan   Arnold Haley   Doug Wyer
18 May  Wolverhampton   George Hunter   Ray Wilson   Gary Peterson
18 May  Hackney   Terry Betts   Bob Valentine   Barry Thomas
19 May  Halifax   John Boulger   Eric Boocock   Bill Andrew
19 May  Cradley Heath   John Louis   Bruce Cribb   Colin Gooddy
19 May  Swindon   Jim McMillan   Doug Wyer   Tony Davey
19 May  Belle Vue   Ivan Mauger   Chris Pusey   Eric Broadbelt
21 May  Exeter   Ivan Mauger   Martin Ashby   Bob Coles
22 May  Leicester   John Boulger   Ray Wilson   Bob Kilby
23 May  Newport   Eric Boocock   Roy Trigg   Gary Peterson
24 May  Wimbledon   Peter Collins   Norman Hunter   Ian Turner
24 May  Oxford   Bob Kilby   Malcolm Ballard   Eric Boocock
25 May  Coatbridge   Mick Bell   John Boulger   Chris Julian
26 May  Coventry   Nigel Boocock   Ray Wilson   Bob Kilby
29 May  Ipswich   Ivan Mauger   Tony Davey   Mick Bell
Semi-Finals
5 June  Leicester   Ivan Mauger   John Louis   Chris Pusey
7 June  Wimbledon   John Louis   Martin Ashby   Eric Boocock
Final
21 June  Sheffield   Ray Wilson   Bob Valentine   Peter Collins

British FinalEdit

  • June 21, 1973
  •   Sheffield
  • First 8 to British-Nordic 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
    (15) Ray Wilson 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
    (10) Bob Valentine 12 3 3 2 2 2 12 2 3
    (13) Peter Collins 12 2 3 3 2 2 12 3 2
4   (3) John Boulger 12 2 1 3 3 3 12 4 1
5   (2) Ivan Mauger 10 3 1 3 3 T 10 5
6   (7) Eric Boocock 9 2 2 0 3 2 9 6
7   (8) Tony Davey 9 3 2 2 1 1 9 7
8   (16) Rick France 9 1 2 2 1 3 9 8
9   (6) John Louis 7 F 0 3 3 1 7 9
10   (4) Martin Ashby 6 1 3 1 1 0 6 10
11   (5) Garry Middleton 5 1 0 1 0 3 5 11
12   (14) Peter Smith 5 0 2 1 1 1 5 12
13   (9) Terry Betts 4 1 2 F F 1 4 13
14   (11) Mick Bell 4 2 0 0 0 2 4 14
15   (1) Malcolm Simmons 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 15
16   (12) Jim McMillan 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 16
R1   (R1) Chris Pusey 0 0 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

Scandinavian QualificationsEdit

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Qualifications
1 May  Visby   Lars Jansson   Bernt Persson   Christer Löfqvist
1 May  Malilla   Soren Sjosten   Bengt Jansson   Anders Michanek
5 May  Lindesberg   Hasse Holmqvist   Tommy Jansson   Tomas Pettersson
17 May  Stockholm   Bengt Jansson   Anders Michanek   Gote Nordin
27 May  Skien   Bernt Persson   Tommy Jansson   Odd Fossengen
27 May  Hillerod   Ole Olsen   Christer Löfqvist   Jan Simensen
Final
6 June  Norrköping   Ole Olsen   Bengt Jansson   Anders Michanek

Scandinavian FinalEdit

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
    (6) Ole Olsen 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
    (5) Bengt Jansson 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 2
    (7) Anders Michanek 13 1 3 3 3 3 13 3
4   (8) Bernt Persson 12 0 3 3 3 3 12 4
5   (3) Tommy Jansson 10 3 1 2 2 2 10 5
6   (4) Jan Simensen 9 1 2 2 2 2 9 6
7   (13) Reidar Eide 9 3 2 1 2 1 9 7
8   (11) Gote Nordin 8 3 2 1 1 1 8 8 3
9   (1) Christer Löfqvist 8 2 1 2 1 2 8 9 F
10   (9) Lars Jansson 5 2 0 1 0 2 5 10
11   (12) Christer Sjosten 4 F E 2 2 0 4 11
12   (10) Oyvind Berg 4 1 1 0 1 1 4 12
13   (2) Dag Lovaas 3 F 2 1 0 0 3 13
14   (15) Hasse Holmqvist 3 2 0 0 1 0 3 14
15   (16) Tommy Johansson 1 1 E E - - 1 15
16   (14) Odd Fossengen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1   (R1) Leif Enecrona 1 0 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

Interconinental RoundEdit

Nordic-British FinalEdit

  • August 1, 1973
  •   Coventry
  • First 8 to European 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
    (13) Anders Michanek 14 3 3 2 3 3 14 1
    (8) Ole Olsen 11 T 3 3 2 3 11 2
    (4) Ivan Mauger 11 1 2 3 3 2 11 3
4   (2) Tommy Jansson 10 2 3 2 1 2 10 4
5   (7) John Boulger 10 2 3 1 3 1 10 5
6   (11) Peter Collins 9 3 2 3 0 1 9 6
7   (16) Ray Wilson 9 E 1 2 3 3 9 7
8   (15) Bernt Persson 9 2 E 3 2 2 9 8
9   (1) Bob Valentine 8 3 2 0 2 1 8 9
10   (6) Reidar Eide 5 1 2 1 1 0 5 10
11   (14) Gote Nordin 5 1 1 2 1 0 5 11
12   (10) Bengt Jansson 3 2 F F 1 E 3 12
13   (9) Jan Simensen 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 13
14   (12) Tony Davey 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 14
15   (3) Eric Boocock 0 0 T - - - 0 15
DQ   (5) John Louis 10 3 1 1 2 3 10 DQ
R1   (R1) Garry Middleton 2 T 0 2 2 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

Continental RoundEdit

Date Venue Winner Runner-up 3rd place
Qualifying Round
29 April  Prelog   Zdenek Majstr   Evzen Erban   Jozef Haider
6 May  Norden   Jan Hadek   Jiri Dominik   Henny Kroeze
Quarter-Finals
10 May  Pardubice   Vladimir Zapleshny   Jiri Stancl   Miroslav Verner
20 May  Miskolc   Grigory Khlinovsky   Viktor Trofimov   Aleksandr Pavlov
20 May  Krumbach   Milan Špinka   Vladimir Paznikov   Jan Holub I
20 May  Krsko   Anatoly Kuzmin   Vladimir Gordeev   Petr Ondrašík
Semi-Finals
2 June  Rodenbach   Grigory Khlinovsky   Vladimir Gordeev   Václav Verner
2 June  Slany   Valery Gordeev   Jiri Stancl   Anatoly Kuzmin
Continental Final
23 June  Leningrad   Valery Gordeev   Grigory Khlinovsky   Vladimir Zapleshny
European Final
19 August  Abensberg   Anders Michanek   Ivan Mauger   Vladimir Paznikov

Continental FinalEdit

  • June 23, 1973
  •   Leningrad
  • First 8 to European 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
    (15) Valery Gordeev 13 3 3 2 2 3 13 1
    (4) Grigory Khlinovsky 12 2 3 3 1 3 12 2
    (16) Vladimir Zapleshny 12 2 2 2 3 3 12 3
4   (6) Vladimir Gordeev 11.5 3 3 1/2 3 2 11.5 4
5   (1) Viktor Trofimov 11.5 3 3 1/2 3 2 11.5 5
6   (12) Aleksandr Pavlov 11 3 0 3 2 3 11 6
7   (8) Anatoly Kuzmin 10 2 1 3 3 1 10 7
8   (11) Vladimir Paznikov 10 1 2 3 2 2 10 8
9   (9) Jiri Stancl 8 2 2 2 0 2 8 9
10   (3) Petr Ondrašík 5 1 1 0 2 1 5 10
11   (14) Milan Špinka 5 1 2 1 X 1 5 11
12   (13) Václav Verner 4 0 1 2 1 0 4 12
13   (5) Miroslav Verner 3 1 0 1 1 0 3 13
14   (7) Gunter Angermuller 3 0 0 1 1 1 3 14
15   (10) Karol Vobornik 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 15
16   (2) Petr Kucera 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16
R1   (R1) Oleg Dzyadyk 0 0 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

European FinalEdit

  • August 19, 1973
  •   Abensberg
  • First 8 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
    (7) Anders Michanek 15 3 3 3 3 3 15 1
    (5) Ivan Mauger 14 2 3 3 3 3 14 2
    (13) Vladimir Paznikov 12 3 2 1 3 3 12 3
4   (4) Bernt Persson 10 0 3 2 3 2 10 4
5   (9) Vladimir Zapleshny 9 3 0 2 2 2 9 5
6   (16) Peter Collins 9 2 2 3 2 E 9 6
7   (14) Valery Gordeev 8 F 3 3 1 1 8 7
8   (11) Ole Olsen 8 2 2 2 2 - 8 8
9   (1) Grigory Khlinovsky 7 1 1 0 2 3 7 9
10   (3) John Boulger 7 3 1 1 1 1 7 10
11   (2) Ray Wilson 6 2 2 F 1 1 6 11
12   (6) Bengt Jansson 6 1 1 1 1 2 6 12
13   (15) Aleksandr Pavlov 4 1 0 2 0 1 4 13
14   (8) Jiri Stancl 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 14
15   (12) Viktor Trofimov 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 15
16   (10) Anatoly Kuzmin 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 16
R1   (R1) Otto Barth 0 0 0 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

World FinalEdit

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
    (16) Jerzy Szczakiel 13 3 3 3 2 2 13 1 3
    (8) Ivan Mauger 13 3 1 3 3 3 13 2 F
    (6) Zenon Plech 12 2 3 2 3 2 12 3
4   (7) Ole Olsen 11 1 2 3 2 3 11 4
5   (3) Grigory Khlinovsky 10 2 3 2 3 X 10 5
6   (2) Vladimir Paznikov 8 3 1 2 1 1 8 6
7   (4) Paweł Waloszek 8 1 2 1 1 3 8 7
8   (12) Valery Gordeev 7 2 0 1 3 1 7 8
9   (11) Jan Mucha 7 1 1 1 2 2 7 9
10   (1) Anders Michanek 6 0 3 X 1 2 6 10
11   (9) Edward Jancarz 6 3 1 0 2 0 6 11
12   (13) Peter Collins 6 1 0 2 0 3 6 12
13   (14) John Boulger 6 2 2 1 0 1 6 13
14   (5) Ray Wilson 5 F 2 3 0 F 5 14
15   (10) Vladimir Zapleshny 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 15
16   (15) Bernt Persson 0 F 0 R - - 0 16
R1   (R1) Andrzej Wyglenda 0 0 0 R1
R2   (R2) Tommy Jansson 0 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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Katowice 1973
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1eOmHuX2Lk&NR=1
  3. ^ Bamford, R. & Shailes, G. (2002). A History of the World Speedway Championship. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-2402-5