Region Varde Elitesport

Region Varde Elitesport and Outrup Speedway Club is a motorcycle speedway club southwest of Outrup in the Varde Municipality of Denmark, who compete in the Danish Speedway League.[1][2][3] The team have won the Danish Speedway League title five times.[4][5]

Region Varde Elitesport
& Outrup Speedway Club
Club information
Track addressOutrup Speedway Center
Hennevej 35, 6855 Outrup
FoundedNovember 1973
Team managerSteven R. Andersen
& Bjarne Nilsson
LeagueDanish Super League
WebsiteOfficial Website
Major team honours
Team champions1985, 1999, 2001, 2016, 2018

Track edit

The club's home venue is the Outrup Speedway Center, which is located less than 2 kilometres in a south westerly direction from the centre of Outrup, on Hennevej 35.[6]

History edit

1973 to 1976 edit

In 1961, a short lived club called Outrup Motor Sport was formed and they built a small dirt track described as being part of the Blåbjerg Klitplantage (dune plantations). Although the club soon folded the track location remained.[6] It was this site that the Outrup Speedway Club (founded in November 1973) chose for the construction of a full size speedway track. After much work the new speedway track was opened on 3 July 1976.[6] The following year in 1977, the club joined the league system called the Danish tournament and rode under the name Blabjergdrengene (the Blåbjerg Boys). The club had other teams called Vestjyderne (West Jutlanders) and Badderne rode in the lower divisions.[4]

In 1985, the Blåbjerg Boys became champions of Denmark. This was the last season before professional league speedway arrived in Denmark.[4]

1986 to 1998 edit

1986 was a pivotal year for the club because they rebuilt the stadium adjacent to the old track. The need for improved facilities and FIM licensing was the reason for the changes.[7] Additionally, the professional Danish Speedway League or Superliga was created, of which Outrup Speedway Club were a founder member.[8] However, their next Super League appearance was not until 1993 and the from 1995 to 1998.[4]

1999 to 2013 edit

Rune Holta

The team won their second and third Danish Championships (first in the Super League) in 1999 and 2001 respectively. Their Danish contingent included Hans Clausen, Frede Schøtt, Aksel Jepsen, Tom P. Knudsen and Jan Andersen and foreign riders included Rune Holta and Kai Laukkanen.[9] The team lost their Super League place after finishing last in 2008 but made a quick return for 2010.[4]

2014 to present edit

In 2014, the club changed its name from the Outrup Speedway Club to Region Varde Elitesport.[10] After signing Australians Troy Batchelor and Sam Masters in 2016, they won their fourth Championship and repeated the feat in 2018, thanks to their Danish trio of Mikkel Bech, Mads Korneliussen and Hans Andersen.[9]

Notable riders edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Teams, 2022 table and results". Speedway Ligaen. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Speedway Around The Globe - Denmark". Speedway Star page 429. 3 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Speedway from Around the Globe". Speedway Star page 41. 23 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e "HISTORICAL RESULTS 1956-2022". Speedway History Info. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Danish Team Championship". Speedway Fan Site. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  6. ^ a b c "Outrup Speedway". Speedway Life. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  7. ^ "Danish Super League". Outrup Speedway Club. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  8. ^ "Speedway Danish champions for teams". Danish Motor Union. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Danish Superliga". Dansk Speedway. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  10. ^ "Home". Region Varde Elitesport. Retrieved 3 January 2023.