The SGB Premiership 2018 was the top division of Great British Speedway in 2018. The season ran between March and October 2018 and had eight teams participating. The line-up of teams remained the same as in 2017. The Swindon Robins were the defending champions after winning the title in 2017. BT Sport continued its TV coverage of the SGB Premiership in 2018. Poole Pirates defeated King's Lynn Stars in the Play off final. It was Poole's tenth tier one title, which brought them level in second place with the Wembley Lions in the historical records.[1]

Regulation changes

At the Speedway AGM in November 2017, a number of changes were made to the rules and regulations for 2018. The biggest change was the introduction of fixed race nights: from now on, all Premiership meetings would be held on either a Monday or Wednesday, with Swindon Robins receiving special dispensation to continue to host home meetings on a Thursday. It was hoped that this would result in more of the world's top riders returning to UK racing. However, Premiership teams were only allowed to sign one rider per team with a Premiership average of over 8 points per match, and this rule prevented some of the world's best riders returning to Premiership teams in 2018.[8] The change to race nights also eliminated the possibility of doubling up riders (riding in both of the top two divisions in British Speedway) by being scheduled to ride for two clubs on the same night.

At the BSPA (British Speedway Promoters Association) annual conference, a decision was made to discontinue the end-of-season play-off for promotion and relegation between the bottom team of the SGB Premiership and the SGB Championship play-off winners.

2018 teams

Belle Vue Aces

20 March Paul Starke replaced the injured in the Belle Vue Aces team [9]
26 April replaced Paul Starke in the Belle Vue Aces team [10]
13 June Jason Garrity replaced the injured Steve Worrall as a short-term replacement in the Belle Vue Aces team[11]
11 July Steve Worrall returned to the Belle Vue Aces after injury replacing short-term replacement Jason Garrity in the side.[12]
1 August replaced in the Belle Vue Aces team [13]
10 August replaced in the Belle Vue Aces team [14]

King's Lynn Stars

30 April replaced Lewis Rose in the King's Lynn Stars team [15]
11 July Simon Lambert replaced the injured in the King's Lynn Stars team [16]
17 July Jason Garrity replaced the injured Lewis Kerr in the King's Lynn Stars team [17]
6 August Erik Riss replaced short-term signing Jason Garrity in the King's Lynn Stars team [18]

Leicester Lions

4 April replaced the injured Josh Bates in the Leicester Lions team [19]
20 April Kenneth Bjerre and replaced the injured Martin Vaculik and in the Leicester Lions team [20]
29 June Ricky Wells and Charles Wright replaced the injured Danny King and Kyle Newman in the Leicester Lions team [21]
18 July Scott Nicholls Stuart Robson Josh Auty and replaced Kenneth Bjerre Krystian Pieszczek and James Sarjeant in the Leicester Lions team [22]

Poole Pirates

2 April Peter Kildemand replaced Chris Holder in the Poole Pirates team [23]
4 May Stefan Nielsen replaced James Shanes in the Poole Pirates team [24]
12 May Richie Worrall replaced Peter Kildemand in the Poole Pirates team [25]
28 May Paul Starke was used as a short-term replacement replaced the injured Stefan Nielsen in the Poole Pirates team until Nicolai Klindt is available [26]
29 June replaced Mateusz Szczepaniak in the Poole Pirates team [27]
12 July Chris Harris replaced Linus Sundstrom in the Poole Pirates team [28]

Rye House Rockets

21 March Aaron Summers replaced Ben Barker in the Rye House Rockets team [29]
3 May replaced the injured Stuart Robson in the Rye House Rockets team [30]
12 June Stuart Robson replaced the injured Edward Kennett in the Rye House Rockets team [31]
4 July Rye House Rockets had their membership of the 2018 SGB Premiership annulled by the Speedway Control Bureau.[32]

Somerset Rebels

18 June and Nicolás Covatti replaced Charles Wright and in the Somerset Rebels team [33]
7 July Aaron Summers replaced in the Somerset Rebels team [34]

Swindon Robins

14 May replaced the injured Mitchell Davey in the Swindon Robins team [35]

Wolverhampton Wolves

3 August Jonas B. Andersen replaced in the Wolverhampton Wolves team [36]

Results

Teams faced each other four times: twice home and away. The first of the home and away meetings were called the 'A' fixtures, and the second were the 'B' fixtures.

'A' Fixtures

Home \ Away BV KL LEI PP RYE SOM SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 43–47 62–28 47–43 59–31 47–43 50–40 56–34
King's Lynn Stars 53–37 56–34 46–44 58–32 44–46 51–39 60–30
Leicester Lions 47–43 38–52 43–47 53–37 55–35 44–46 47–43
Poole Pirates 50–40 58–32 58–32 47–43 47–43 38–52 45–45
Rye House Rockets 44–46 49–41 48–42 48–42 48–42
Somerset Rebels 47–43 45–45 47–43 48–42 50–40 49–41
Swindon Robins 41–49 48–42 51–39 50–39 48–42 58–32 51–39
Wolverhampton Wolves 49–41 49–41 47–43 54–36 60–30 52–38 52–38
Source: [37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

'B' Fixtures

Home \ Away BV KL LEI PP RYE SOM SWI WOL
Belle Vue Aces 44–46 57–33 48–42 48–42 55–35 52–38
King's Lynn Stars 49–41 60–30 58–32 49–41 49–41 55–35
Leicester Lions 58–32 40–50 37–53 46–44 48–42 46–44
Poole Pirates 54–35 61–29 43–23 48–42 54–36 55–35
Rye House Rockets
Somerset Rebels 42–48 61–29 46–32 51–39 54–36 59–31
Swindon Robins 34–56 52–38 55–35 47–42 41–49 50–40
Wolverhampton Wolves 46–44 43–47 56–34 46–44 41–49 53–37
Source: [37]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Table

SGB Premiership Final League Table

Pos. Club M Home Away F A Pts +/−
W D L 4W 3W D 1L L
1 King's Lynn Stars 24 11 0 1 2 3 1 1 5 1128 1032 53 +96
2 Somerset Rebels 24 10 1 1 2 1 0 5 4 1103 1045 47 +58
3 Poole Pirates 24 10 1 1 1 1 0 6 4 1114 1019 44 +95
4 Belle Vue Aces 24 10 0 2 2 1 0 3 6 1118 1041 44 +77
5 Swindon Robins 24 9 0 3 1 1 0 1 9 1060 1098 35 -38
6 Wolverhampton Wolves 24 10 0 2 0 0 1 2 9 1043 1117 34 -74
7 Leicester Lions 24 7 0 5 0 0 0 2 10 955 1169 23 -214

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4 July Rye House Rockets had their membership of the 2018 SGB Premiership annulled by the Speedway Control Bureau. The league table has been updated to represent this news.[46]

Play-offs

Draw

  Semi Finals Grand Final
                         
Belle Vue Aces 41 36 77  
King's Lynn Stars 49 54 113  
    King's Lynn Stars 37 51 88
  Poole Pirates 53 39 92
Somerset Rebels 46 43 89
Poole Pirates 44 47 91  

Home team scores are in bold
Overall aggregate scores are in red

Semi-finals

24 September [47] Belle Vue Aces 41–49 King's Lynn Stars National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Willie Dishington


1 October [48] King's Lynn Stars 54–36 Belle Vue Aces Adrian Flux Arena
Referee(s):
Mick Bates


17 September [49] Somerset Rebels 46–44 Poole Pirates Oak Tree Arena
Referee(s):
Mick Bates


1 October [50] Poole Pirates 47–43 Somerset Rebels Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Christina Turnbull


Grand final

8 October [51] Poole Pirates 53–37 King's Lynn Stars Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


10 October [52] King's Lynn Stars 51–39 Poole Pirates Adrian Flux Arena
Referee(s):
Graham Flint

Home team scores are in bold

SGB Premiership Team KO Cup

The 2018 Knockout Cup was the 76th edition and (second under its new name) of the Knockout Cup for tier one teams.

Draw

  Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                                         
1 Swindon Robins 59 39 98  
8 Rye House Rockets 31 51 82  
    Swindon Robins 48 39 87  
    King's Lynn Stars 42 51 93  
4 Leicester Lions 48 31 79
5 King's Lynn Stars 42 59 101  
    King's Lynn Stars 37 45 82
    Somerset Rebels 53 45 98
3 Somerset Rebels 52 47 99  
6 Poole Pirates 38 43 81  
    Somerset Rebels 52 40 92
    Belle Vue Aces 38 50 88  
2 Belle Vue Aces 57 46 103
7 Wolverhampton Wolves 33 44 77  

Home team scores are in bold
Overall aggregate scores are in red

Quarter-finals


21 May [53] Swindon Robins 59–31 Rye House Rockets Abbey Stadium
Referee(s):
Paul Carrington


23 May [54] Rye House Rockets 51–39 Swindon Robins Rye House Stadium
Referee(s):
Dave Robinson


7 May [55] Leicester Lions 48–42 King's Lynn Stars
Referee(s):
Ronnie Allan


16 May [56] King's Lynn Stars 51–39 Leicester Lions Adrian Flux Arena
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


2 May [57] Somerset Rebels 52–38 Poole Pirates Oak Tree Arena
Referee(s):
David Watters


27 June [58] Poole Pirates 43–47 Somerset Rebels Poole Stadium
Referee(s):
Willie Dishington


7 May [59] Belle Vue Aces 57–33 Wolverhampton Wolves National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Peter Clarke


18 June [60] Wolverhampton Wolves 44–46 Belle Vue Aces Monmore Green
Referee(s):
Graham Reeve


Semi-finals

10 September [61] Swindon Robins 48–42 King's Lynn Stars Abbey Stadium
Referee(s):
Dave Watters


17 September [62] King's Lynn Stars 51–39 Swindon Robins Adrian Flux Arena
Referee(s):
Chris Durno


12 September [63] Somerset Rebels 52–38 Belle Vue Aces Oak Tree Arena
Referee(s):
Ronnie Allan


19 September [64] Belle Vue Aces 50–40 Somerset Rebels National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Craig Ackroyd


Grand final

17 October [65] Somerset Rebels 53–37 King's Lynn Stars Oak Tree Arena
Referee(s):
Ronnie Allan


18 October [66] King's Lynn Stars 45–45 Somerset Rebels Adrian Flux Arena
Referee(s):
Tony Steele

SGB Premiership Charity Shield

19 March [67] Belle Vue Aces 48–42 Swindon Robins National Speedway Stadium
Referee(s):
Stuart Wilson


22 March [68] Swindon Robins 52–38 Belle Vue Aces Abbey Stadium
Referee(s):
Christina Turnball

Final leading averages

Rider Team Average
Australia Jason Doyle Somerset 9.80
England Robert Lambert King's Lynn 9.13
Australia Max Fricke Belle Vue 8.20
Australia Sam Masters Wolverhampton 8.11
Australia Rory Schlein Wolverhampton 7.92
England Chris Harris Poole 7.78
England Craig Cook Belle Vue 7.73
Australia Troy Batchelor Swindon 7.69
Australia Rohan Tungate Belle Vue 7.61
Denmark Hans Andersen Leicester 7.56

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See also

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