The World Pairs Final - 1969
A new system this year saw Semi-finals introduced, the top 3 from each joining the host country.
Great Britain was scrapped with England, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia fighting it out for a Final place. The Poms and Kiwis were joined by the Danes for the Final in Stockholm, Scotland, Australia and Norway all sadly eliminated. Also sadly, Ronnie Moore who had qualified with Ivan Mauger for NZ, got his right foot smashed up on August 18. It knocked the stuffing out of his World [ Individual ] Final comeback at Wembley, as it turned out the Silver Medal would have been his for the taking and he was in no fit state for the Pairs Final.
Barry Briggs was still in his self-imposed Swedish exile while Dave Gifford was overlooked. Easily the next in line, Dave was hopeful of a call-up but not so. Now with Olsen and Giffy both Newcastle riders, perhaps Mike Parker played a hand in Dave's 'no show' ? It would make sense especially as Ivan's departure from Parker was acrimonious to say the least! We may never know but its oh so much fun playing 'who pulled the strings'!
On the night before the Final, Bob decided to take Ivan out for some XXX Swedish entertainment. But it didn't last long as Ivan was not into this at all. The only 'Tatas' he was interested in was hopefully waving goodbye with the Gold Medals !
The World Pairs Final was held on September 25 in Stockholm and would Andrews prove a successful partner for Ivan Mauger? Yes Siree Bob! NZ won the Gold Medals, an 18 point maximum for Ivan with Bob following him home in 5 out of their 6 races, beaten only by Sweden.
The home team by Ove Fundin and Gote Nordin were next but they were not at all happy about it. England's Nigel Boocock and Martin Ashby [ replacement for Trevor Hedge ] were quite happy with their Bronze Medals. Ole Olsen was very impressive for Denmark but his 'engine failure' against NZ, in the very last race, being best mates with Ivan Mauger and all did not go down well at all with the home fans! Ah well nothing like a bit of scandal eh Christine?!!!
1 Boocock Ashby Holub Majstr
2 Mauger Andrews Petkov Iliev
3 Fundin Nordin Olsen Norregaard
4 Boocock Ashby Uhlenbrock Dinse nf
5 Holub Majstr Petkov Iliev
6 Mauger Nordin Fundin Andrews
7 Olsen Uhlenbrock Norregaard Dinse
8 Boocock Ashby Petkov Iliev
9 Mauger Andrews Holub Majstr
10 Fundin Nordin Dinse Uhlenbrock f
11 Olsen Boocock Ashby Norregaard
12 Fundin Nordin [res] Enecrona Holub Majstr xt
13 Olsen Norregaard Petkov Iliev
14 Mauger Andrews Uhlenbrock Dinse
15 Nordin Ashby Fundin Boocock
16 Olsen Majstr Holub Norregaard
17 Uhlenbrock Petkov Iliev Dinse f
18 Mauger Andrews Ashby Boocock ef
19 Holub Majstr Uhlenbrock Dinse nf
20 Fundin Nordin Iliev Petkov
21 Mauger Andrews Norregaard Olsen ef
1st New Zealand 28
2nd Sweden 27
3rd England 21
4th Denmark 17
5th CZ 15
6th East Germany 9
7th Bulgeria 8
Res Sweden 1
This article was first published on 13th July 2014
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