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The World Pairs Final 1984
By Tracy Holmes

1984, where is George? He's gone? Awe well, never mind! Big brother was certainly watching England. Peter Collins had a new partner, one of his oldest and very best friends and Belle Vue team-mate, Chris Morton. They were very happy campers after their Semi-Final, unbeaten to put every other pair on notice, they would be the Red Hot Chile Peppers!

No big shocks from the Semis, sad to see Finland's Kai Niemi/Ari Koponen bundled out. Yanks Dennis Sigalos and Shawn Moran safely through but six days later on June 9, Siggy's career was ended by a smash at the American Final. Just another piece to the tragic jigsaw that was the 80s! Bobby Schwartz was now back in the team. Czechs Jiri Stancl and Toni Kasper also got through but Kasper was replaced by Ales Dryml. Why? Dunno!

"You will have to be quick cos were ganna live in Italy from next month!"

Lonigo, Italy hosted this years Final on June 17, lots of fun in the hot, hot sun! So hot in fact, the track had to be watered after each race. The capacity 15,000 crowd loved every minute and the action got under way with 5-1s for the Danes, Poms, Kiwis and Yanks. Heat 2 saw vintage Collins needing his backstage pass to get by Sanders and Guglielmi. Ivan Mauger's new partner, Mitch Shirra relishing his afternoon in the sun.

Heat 5 was Denmark V England. From the gate it was Nielsen but he went just wide enough for Morton to steam by for the lead he would not give up. Again, Collins needed every ounce of experience to wear down Gundersen and finally get the vital point.

Heat 7 was disaster for the Stars & Stripes when Shawn Moran blew his motor while in front. Before the start of Heat 8, England V CZ, the Danes gave Jiri Stancl one their Carlisle tyres. It worked well for Stancl but he could not stop the 5-1. Right on their back wheels all the way mind! Mitch Shirra knocked England for six in Heat 13. An amazing race followed in the Australia V USA clash,

Heat 14. Schwartz gated from Guglielmi and Sanders but they proved no match for the reigning World Longtrack Champion Shawn Moran, who had the crowd screaming as he went from last to first.

Heat 16, Denmark V New Zealand. Mauger produced a vintage gate but Nielsen forced his way through and he became the only opposition rider to beat Shirra. But as bigger news, Ivan Mauger held out Erik Gundersen for a priceless point. In fact, Erik was disqualified for crossing the white line. Oh yes, Ivan was not as good as he once was. But he was as good once as he always was! [ Priceless point? Yes. 1984 was the year Gundersen won the World Individual Final, the World Longtrack Final and with Denmark, The World Cup Final. Priceless indeed! ]

Heat 17, England V USA. If ever the Belle Vue pair needed to make the gate, it was now. AND THEY DID! Morton said, "When we came out of the first corner together, it was like a dream come true!" And they held it all the way, England 5 USA 1.

It was the same result for the Danes in Heat 19 earning them 25 points. But England's last race was against the home team and while the Italians were thoroughly enjoying their afternoon, they were not in the same league. So the inevitable 5-1 was 'MAGNIFICO!!!' and England were once again World Pairs Champions. Title number 4 for PC.

The Kiwis flew in Heat 21 which put them level with Denmark. Hans Nielsen again beating Mitch Shirra, this time for the Silver Medals. But for Shirra and 44 year old Ivan Mauger, the Champagne was sweet surrender. Last words from Morton, "It was also the day two lifelong friends who used to ride on old bangers of motorbikes as kids beat the world."




1 Nielsen Gundersen Dryml Stancl
2 Morton Collins Sanders Guglielmi
3 Shirra Mauger Castagna Dal Chiele
4 Moran Schwartz Stancl Dryml
5 Morton Nielsen Collins Gundersen
6 Sanders Guglielmi Castagna Dal Chiele
7 Shirra Schwartz Mauger Moran ef
8 Collins Morton Stancl Dryml
9 Gundersen Nielsen Guglielmi Sanders
10 Moran Schwartz Castagna Dal Chiele
11 Mauger Shirra Dryml Stancl
12 Nielsen Gundersen Castagna Dal Chiele
13 Shirra Morton Collins Mauger
14 Schwartz Moran Guglielmi Sanders
15 Stancl Dryml Castagna Dal Chiele
16 Nielsen Shirra Mauger Gundersen
17 Collins Morton Schwartz Moran
18 Guglielmi Sanders Dryml Stancl
19 Gundersen Nielsen Schwartz Moran
20 Collins Morton Castagna Dal Chiele
21 Shirra Mauger Guglielmi Sanders
run-off for 2nd Nielsen Shirra


1st England 27
Chris Morton 3 3 2 2 2 2 14
Peter Collins 2 1 3 1 3 3 13

2nd Denmark 25
Hans Nielsen 3 2 2 3 3 2 15
Erik Gundersen 2 0 3 2 0 3 10

3rd New Zealand 25
Mitch Shirra 3 3 2 3 2 3 16
Ivan Mauger 2 1 3 0 1 2 9

4th USA 19
Bobby Schwartz 2 2 2 3 1 1 11
Shawn Moran 3 ef 3 2 0 0 8

5th Australia 14
Gary Guglielmi 0 2 1 1 3 1 8
Billy Sanders 1 3 0 0 2 0 6

6th CZ 10
Jiri Stancl 0 1 1 0 3 0 5
Ales Dryml 1 0 0 1 2 1 5

7th Italy 6
Armando Castagna 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
Armando Dal Chiele 0 0 0 0 0 0 0


This article was first published on 2nd November 2014

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