The British Speedway Under-21 Championship (also known as the British Junior Speedway Championship) is an annual speedway competition open to riders of British nationality aged at least fifteen on the date of the first meeting, and under twenty-one on 1 January in the year of the competition.[1] Sixteen riders plus three reserves take part in 20 heats with each rider facing each other once. The two riders which accumulate the highest number of points over the heats go straight to the final. The next four highest point scorers take part in a race-off, with first and second place riders also progressing to the final. The winner of the final is declared British Under-21 Champion. Previous winners include former World Champions Mark Loram and Gary Havelock. The 2009 championship was won by Lewis Bridger who defeated defending champion Tai Woffinden in the final. Joe Haines was third and Ben Barker finished fourth.[2]

Qualification

Seven riders are seeded straight to the final round while nine other riders qualify through three qualifying rounds held on a regional basis which use the same format as the final round. The first, second and third placed riders from each qualifier ride in the final round and fourth place riders take part as reserves. In the final round the reserves may take the rides of any incapacitated rider, replace any rider excluded for a starting infringement, or replace any rider excluded for exceeding the two minute time allowance except in the semi-final or final.

The top three riders go through to the British Speedway Championship final and the winner qualifies for the World Junior Championship semi-final round. The next five finishers qualify for the World Junior Championship qualifying rounds.

British Under-21 Champions

Year Winner Runner-up Third
1969 Graham Plant Geoff Ambrose Mick Bell
1970 Barry Thomas Dave Jessup Mick Bell
1971 Dave Jessup
1972 Gordon Kennett
1973 Peter Collins Barney Kennett
1974 Chris Morton Steve Bastable Neil Middleditch
1975 Neil Middleditch Steve Weatherley Joe Owen
1976 Michael Lee Steve Weatherley Colin Richardson
1977 Les Collins Phil Collins Colin Richardson
1978 Phil Collins Bob Garrad
1979 Kenny Carter
Year Winner Runner-up Third
1980 Mark Courtney
1981 Rob Lightfoot Neil Evitts
1982 Martin Hagon Simon Cross
1983 Simon Cross
1984 Marvyn Cox Simon Cross Andy Smith
1985 Andy Smith
1986 Gary Havelock Andrew Silver Darren Sumner
1987 Darren Sumner Mark Loram
1988 Mark Loram Martin Dugard
1989 Martin Dugard Chris Louis Dean Barker
Year Winner Runner-up Third
1990 Joe Screen Mark Loram Chris Louis
Championship not held 1991
1992 Joe Screen Mark Loram
1993 Carl Stonehewer Joe Screen David Norris
1994 Paul Hurry James Grieves
1995 Paul Hurry
1996 Scott Nicholls Paul Hurry
1997 Leigh Lanham Lee Richardson Scott Nicholls
1998 Scott Nicholls Lee Richardson Paul Lee
1999 Scott Nicholls Lee Richardson David Howe
Year Winner Runner-up Third
2000 David Howe Lee Richardson Paul Lee
2001 Simon Stead David Howe Paul Lee
2002 Simon Stead Oliver Allen
2003 Simon Stead Oliver Allen Edward Kennett
2004 Ritchie Hawkins Steve Boxall Edward Kennett
2005 Edward Kennett Richard Hall
2006 Ben Wilson Daniel King Lewis Bridger
2007[3] Edward Kennett William Lawson Tai Woffinden
2008 Tai Woffinden Adam Roynon Ben Barker
2009 Lewis Bridger Tai Woffinden Joe Haines
2010 Joe Haines Tai Woffinden Lewis Bridger
2011 Tai Woffinden Steven Worrall Joe Haines
2012 Joe Haines Tom Perry Kyle Howarth
2013[4] Robert Branford (Australia) Kyle Howarth Jason Garrity
2014 Josh Bates Adam Ellis Jason Garrity
2015[5] Kyle Howarth Robert Lambert Stefan Nielsen
2016 Josh Bates Robert Lambert Adam Ellis
2017[6] Robert Lambert Adam Ellis Josh Bates
2018[7] Robert Lambert Nathan Greaves
2019[8] Robert Lambert Zach Wajtknecht

See also

References

  1. ^ Oakes, P.(2006). 2005 British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN 0-948882-30-1
  2. ^ "U21 glory for Bridger". BSPA. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
  3. ^ Bamford, R.(2007). Speedway Yearbook 2007. ISBN 978-0-7524-4250-1
  4. ^ "RESULTS: TUESDAY APRIL 23", speedwaygb.co, 23 April 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2013
  5. ^ "RESULTS: TUESDAY APRIL 14", speedwaygb.co, 15 April 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2015
  6. ^ "Lambert Crowned U21 Champion", speedwaygb.co, 26 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017
  7. ^ "Lambert Retains U21 Title", speedwaygb.co, 01 May 2018. Retrieved 01 May 2018
  8. ^ http://www.speedwaygb.co.uk/news.php?extend.36340%7Ctitle=Fast Lambo Hits Brits Hat-trick|date= 28 April 2019 |publisher= Speedway GB