1996 Speedway Grand Prix

The 1996 Speedway Grand Prix season was the second season in the Speedway Grand Prix era and was used to determine the Speedway World Champion. Grand Prix series was won by Billy Hamill; it was his first and only World Champion title.[1][2]

1996 Speedway Grand Prix
Season details
DatesMay 18 - September 21
Events6
Cities6
Countries6
Riders17 permanents
1 wild card(s)
Heats144 (in 6 events)
Winners
Champion USA Billy Hamill
Runner-up DEN Hans Nielsen
3rd place USA Greg Hancock

Event formatEdit

During 1996 the initial SGP scoring system used in 1995 remained in place. Each rider raced every other in the meeting with the top 4 qualifying for a final - the points for all other riders determined their finishing position in the meeting and therefore their championship Grand Prix points. The 4 finalists scored 25, 20, 18 and 16 points, with the reminder scoring 14, 13, 12, 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Qualification for Grand PrixEdit

The 1996 season had 17 permanent riders and one wild card at each event. The permanent riders are highlighted in the results table below.

CalendarEdit

Round Date City and venue Winner Runner-up 3rd placed 4th placed Results
1 May 18   Wrocław , Poland
Olympic Stadium
  Tommy Knudsen   Tony Rickardsson   Hans Nielsen   Billy Hamill results
2 June 14   Lonigo , Italy
Santa Marina Stadium
  Hans Nielsen   Billy Hamill   Tony Rickardsson   Tommy Knudsen results
3 July 6   Pocking , Germany
Rottalstadion
  Hans Nielsen   Peter Karlsson   Henrik Gustafsson   Tony Rickardsson results
4 August 10   Linköping , Sweden
Motorstadium
  Billy Hamill   Henrik Gustafsson   Tomasz Gollob   Greg Hancock results
5 August 31   London , Great Britain
London Stadium
  Jason Crump   Hans Nielsen   Billy Hamill   Greg Hancock results
6 September 21   Vojens , Denmark
Speedway Center
  Billy Hamill   Mark Loram   Greg Hancock   Sam Ermolenko results

Final standingsEdit

Qualifies for next season's Grand Prix series
Full-time Grand Prix rider
Wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
Pos. Rider Points POL
 
ITA
 
GER
 
SWE
 
GBR
 
DEN
 
    (5) Billy Hamill 113 16 20 9 25 18 25
    (1) Hans Nielsen 111 18 25 25 9 20 14
    (4) Greg Hancock 88 12 13 13 16 16 18
4   (2) Tony Rickardsson 86 20 18 16 14 7 11
5   (8) Henrik Gustafsson 80 14 4 18 20 11 13
6   (12) Peter Karlsson 62 7 3 20 7 13 12
7   (6) Mark Loram 58 6 2 6 12 12 20
8   (7) Chris Louis 54 8 9 14 8 6 9
9   (3) Sam Ermolenko 52 9 1 4 13 9 16
10   (15) Jason Crump 45 1 ns 7 6 25 6
11   (11) Tommy Knudsen 44 25 16 1 2
12   (16) (19) Tomasz Gollob 43 11 ns 18 14 ns
13   (13) Joe Screen 38 3 7 11 2 8 7
14   (17) Craig Boyce 30 ns 12 2 4 4 8
15   (9) Leigh Adams 28 2 ns 8 11 3 4
16   (14) Gary Havelock 27 13 14
17   (18) Andy Smith 19 ns 11 3 3 2 ns
18   (10) Marvyn Cox 15 4 8 1 1 ns 1
19   (16) Gerd Riss 12 12
20   (16) Stefano Alfonso 6 6
21   (16) Piotr Protasiewicz 3 3
Rider(s) not classified
  (20) Jan Stæchmann ns ns
  (21) Mikael Karlsson ns
Pos. Rider Points POL
 
ITA
 
GER
 
SWE
 
GBR
 
DEN
 

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ speedwaygp.republika.pl. Retrieved on 2009-03-23. Archived 2009-05-12.
  2. ^ world.speedway.org. Retrieved on 2009-03-123. Archived 2009-05-11.

External linksEdit