The 1998 Elite League season was the second year of this top division of speedway in the United Kingdom, governed by the Speedway Control Board (SCB) in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA).[1]

Summary

In 1998, the league decreased to nine teams with the closure of the Bradford Dukes at the end of their championship winning season in 1997. The Peterborough Panthers dropped down to the Premier League but were replaced by the Oxford Cheetahs. The league operated on a standard format without play-offs.[2]

Final table

M W D L F A Pts Bon Tot
Ipswich Witches 32 26 1 5 1653 1211 53 16 69
Belle Vue Aces 32 20 0 12 1524 1353 40 12 52
Coventry Bees 32 18 1 13 1474 1401 37 11 48
Swindon Robins 30 15 1 16 1429 1450 31 7 38
Eastbourne Eagles 30 15 0 17 1430 1449 30 7 37
Wolverhampton Wolves 32 14 1 17 1421 1444 29 8 37
Oxford Cheetahs 32 13 2 17 1388 1490 28 5 33
Poole Pirates 32 11 1 14 1348 1529 23 5 28
King's Lynn Stars 32 8 1 23 1270 1610 17 1 18

Leading averages

Rider Team Average
Sweden Tony Rickardsson Ipswich 10.35
United States Billy Hamill Coventry 10.07
United States Greg Hancock Coventry 9.58
Australia Jason Crump Oxford 9.54
Poland Tomasz Gollob Ipswich 9.38
England Chris Louis Ipswich 9.35
United States Ronnie Correy Belle Vue 9.02
England Joe Screen Belle Vue 8.99
England Martin Dugard Eastbourne 8.70
Australia Leigh Adams Swindon 8.53
Sweden Mikael Max Wolverhampton 8.53

Elite League Knockout Cup

The 1998 Elite League Knockout Cup was the 60th edition of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams and the second under its new name. Ipswich Witches were the winners of the competition.[3]

First Round

Group A

Date Team One Score Team Two
27/03 Belle Vue 50-40 Coventry
28/03 Coventry 51-39 Belle Vue
29/03 Swindon 41-49 Wolverhampton
30/03 Wolverhampton 47-42 Oxford
03/04 Oxford 45-45 Coventry
06/04 Wolverhampton 50-40 Swindon
10/04 Swindon 46-44 Oxford
11/04 Coventry 47-43 Swindon
12/04 Belle Vue 43-47 Wolverhampton
13/04 Wolverhampton 45-45 Belle Vue
17/04 Belle Vue 46-43 Oxford
18/04 Coventry 48-42 Oxford
20/04 Wolverhampton 45-45 Coventry
24/04 Belle Vue 41-48 Swindon
24/04 Oxford 39-51 Wolverhampton
25/04 Coventry 54-36 Wolverhampton
30/04 Swindon 40-50 Belle Vue
03/05 Oxford 48-42 Belle Vue
08/05 Oxford 58-32 Swindon
11/05 Swindon 41-49 Coventry
Pos Team P W D L
1 Wolverhampton 8 5 2 1
2 Coventry 8 5 2 1
3 Belle Vue 8 3 1 4
4 Oxford 8 2 1 5
5 Swindon 8 2 0 6

Group B

Date Team One Score Team Two
19/03 Ipswich 60-30 Kings Lynn
22/03 Eastbourne 65-25 Kings Lynn
26/03 Ipswich 56-33 Poole
29/03 Eastbourne 52-38 Poole
01/04 Kings Lynn 41-31 Eastbourne
02/04 Ipswich 49-41 Eastbourne
11/04 Eastbourne 44-46 Ipswich
22/04 Kings Lynn 34-55 Ipswich
22/04 Poole 47-43 Eastbourne
24/04 Kings Lynn 47-43 Poole
26/04 Poole 48-42 Kings Lynn
06/05 Poole 39-51 Ipswich
Pos Team P W D L
1 Ipswich 6 6 0 0
2 Eastbourne 6 2 0 4
3 King's Lynn 6 2 0 4
4 Poole 6 2 0 4

Semi Finals

Date Team One Score Team Two
22/08 Coventry 54-36 Wolverhampton
29/06 Wolverhampton 49-41 Coventry
16/07 Ipswich 57-33 Eastbourne
04/07 Eastbourne 42-48 Ipswich

Final

Date Team One Score Team Two
15/10 Ipswich 48-42 Coventry
10/10 Coventry 43-47 Ipswich

See also

List of United Kingdom Speedway League Champions

External links

References

  1. ^ "Historic league tables". Speedway Archive.
  2. ^ "1998 league tables". Speedway GB.
  3. ^ "1998 Elite League Knockout Cup". Speedway archive.