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NEWPORT SPEEDWAY IN 1970

Newport Wasps struggled in 1970. Changes in personnel Edward Stangeland, Bengt Brannefors and Bill Andrew strengthened the team but they continued to lack any stars and strong reserves. As a result their season fell away and they finished bottom of the British League by a comfortable margin.

Sandor Levai continued to lead the line but his 8.5 average was some way short of team leaders at the major clubs. The Wasps suffered some humiliating early away losses, but Levai did guide them to a convincing 43-35 at Poole. Unfortunately they lost their home record shortly after this going down 44-34 to a strong Coventry side.

Nigel Boocock carried off the Welsh Open trophy taking advantage of the absence of Barry Briggs. Great Britain beat Sweden at Somerton Park 70-38  in July. Wasps' Bill Andrew won the Southern Riders Championship qualifier with Levai second and Bob Highes in third. Briggs was back at the end of the season to win the Prince of Wales Trophy. 

NEWPORT AVERAGES M R Pts BP Total Ave Max Paid Max
Sandor Levai 36 169 339 18 357 8.45 0 0
Bill Andrew 35 149 273 17 290 7.79 0 1
Edward Stangeland 34 151 207 34 241 6.38 0 0
Bengt Brannefors 12 42 41 7 48 4.57 0 0
Bob Hughes          36 131 124 18 142 4.34 0 0
Jon Erskine 14 44 37 8 45 4.09 0 0
Norman Strachan 37 128 111 14 125 3.91 1 0
Brian Leonard 10 35 25 8 33 3.77 0 0
Ross Gilbertson 8 25 13 1 14 2.24 0 0

1970 LEAGUE TABLE