Chris Louis

Christopher "Chris" Louis (born 9 July 1969)[1] is an English international speedway motorcycle rider who rode for the Ipswich Witches and Hackney Kestrels. He is the son of former Great Britain International John Louis.

Chris Louis
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Chris Louis. U-21 WC 1990, Lvov.
Born (1969-07-09) 9 July 1969 (age 51)
Ipswich, England
Nationality England
Current club information
British leagueIpswich Witches
Polish leagueGdańsk
Career history
1988Hackney Kestrels
1989-2002, 2004-2008Ipswich Witches
1994-Bysarna (SWE)
Individual honours
1990World Under-21 Champion
1998, 2000British Champion
Team honours
2000European Club Champion
1998Elite League Champion
1998Elite League KO Cup Winner
1998Craven Shield Winner
1991Elite League Four Team Champion
1988National League Champion
1988National League KO Cup Winner

CareerEdit

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.

Louis also qualified for the 1994 World Final in Vojens, Denmark but was unable to repeat his 1993 form and finished a disappointing 12th scoring only six points.

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).

PersonalEdit

Louis is married to Julie and the couple have two daughters: Hannah and Freya Louis.

World Final AppearancesEdit

Speedway Grand Prix resultsEdit

Year Position Points Best Finish Notes
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
2004 32nd 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-81-6