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[07 AUG 98] SPEEDWAY NEWS
British Grand Prix - Results

The race is on for the 1998 Speedway World Crown.

Runaway leader Tony Rickardsson of Sweden suffered a series of setbacks in the British Grand Prix round at Coventry Stadium.

He blew two engines and damaged the forks and handlebars on one of his bikes after crashing in the last practice session, and finished out of the top three on the night.

The meeting was won by Jason Crump, who was crowned British Grand Prix champion, but the important statistic for Rickardsson was that his fellow Swede Jimmy Nilsen finished runner-up which whittled down the gap between them to ten points.

Third on the night was Ryan Sullivan, but the battle for the world crown looks set to be between the two Swedes Rickardsson and Nilsen.

After the meeting Rickardsson said:

"It was a very tough meeting. I didn't feel too good about things after virtually wrecking my bike in practice. But I am still ten points ahead with the two best tracks to come at Linkoping and Bydgoszcz."

Nilsen said:

"If someone had told me two weeks ago that I would be competing in the British Grand Prix, let alone finishing second, I would not have believed them."

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GRAND FINAL

1st Jason Crump 25 points
2nd Jimmy Nilsen 20 points
3rd Tomasz Gollob 18 points
4th Ryan Sullivan 16 points

CONSOLATION FINAL

1st Greg Hancock 15 points
2nd Toni Kasper 14 points
3rd Billy Hamill 12 points
4th Stefan Danno 10 points

Top Grand Prix standings

1 Tony Rickardsson Sweden 76 points
2 Jimmy Nilsen Sweden 66 points
3 Tomasz Gollob Poland 58 points
4 Billy Hamill USA 56 points
5 Hans Nielsen Denmark 52 points
6 Chris Louie England 49 points
7 Jason Crump Australia 47 points
8 Greg Hancock USA 45 points
9 Tony Kasper Czech Republic 40 points
10 Ryan Sullivan Australia 38 points
11 Stefan Danno Sweden 37 points

 

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