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British Final 11th June 2018 at Belle Vue

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2 hours ago, Grachan said:

I set up to record on You View, but when I put the tv on at 8 it wasn't recording and I watched live from heat 5 onwards.

I find this happens a lot with YouView, plus many meetings finishing recording before the programme has actually finished.
BT have sent me three new boxes over the course of the last few weeks, but it hasn't made one iota of difference. 

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8 minutes ago, acef said:

It was pretty much a copy of Torun imo. Chris went over to Poland to look at a number of tracks. It's been said that some of the inspiration was through Hyde Road but I don't see that in this circuit. Its almost identical to Torun. 

 

The bikes these days are so powerful, a big fast open circle makes the racing a lot safer, opening the throttle to the max and rarely letting off gets the best out of the machines now. 

 

That it's so big just allows the riders to really attack it. There is so much room. 

 

I've seen some poor meetings at the NSS but that tends to be when there are gaps in ability. The SON was a good example. Put 4 riders on this thing though, with equal ability, and I don't think there is a better race track on the planet. 

 

A GP here with the curent quality in the line up would be absolutely insane.

Although I've not visited the NSS I can only judge by what I see on TV, but it doesn't look as though it could house a GP size crowd.  I'm believe parking in the area is pretty naff too for a substantial crowd, and how would you fill your day, unlike Cardiff.  But must agree, track wise, it couldn't be bettered.

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2 minutes ago, montie said:

What is the max capacity of the NSS? 

With temp seating about 9k.

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1 minute ago, acef said:

With temp seating about 9k.

i wonder if a GP is viable with that capacity

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4 minutes ago, Mimmo said:

Although I've not visited the NSS I can only judge by what I see on TV, but it doesn't look as though it could house a GP size crowd.  I'm believe parking in the area is pretty naff too for a substantial crowd, and how would you fill your day, unlike Cardiff.  But must agree, track wise, it couldn't be bettered.

 

Etihad for parking. Council would provide a free shuttle service. They own that stadium. 

 

Several buses run from Manchester to the stadium (one of the greatest cities on the planet) every 10 minutes. So plenty to do. Those are can't be assed with a little travel like that, well they'll be board. But that's on them. Many football games at the etihad and town is always rocking. 

 

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3 minutes ago, montie said:

i wonder if a GP is viable with that capacity

I see absolutely no reason why it wouldn't be. Plenty of GPS have operated with less. 

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3 hours ago, Aces51 said:

My point was within 3 years of first sitting on a speedway bike. I'm not sure about John Louis, if I remember correctly he was about 29 when he first rode competitively and what a great rider he was but I don't know when he had his first attempts at riding, Michael Lee was certainly riding long before he was 16 and Peter Collins was in the same category.

Dan's first competitive race was at the start of 2016, he was injured, I think in July of that year, which ended his season, had a full season last year and obviously has ridden this season. If you add it up he has about 2 years experience of competitive racing.

I think Olle Nygren was Swedish Champion the year after he started.Bjorn Knutson was also in the world top 20 3 years after he started and Ronnie Moore also had a rapid rise

 

You could also add Franz Heck,who became German champion a year after he won the national road bike title at the Nurburgring,just a few months after taking up the sport.But that was back in 1929 when no-one else in Germany had ridden either:D

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the lost revenue on turnstyle income could be made up by having it as a pay per view event.

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1 hour ago, bellevueace said:

I feel the same about the play offs tbh where a team finishing 4th umpteen points behind the table toppers can be crowned champions. Strange how many people who decry the British final format or the SoN format are big advocates of the play offs, where the same formula is used, in effect losers cwn end up overall winners.

I’m a fan of the system for both. It creates drama. No argument from me. It was obvious in the pairs that Russia were the likely winners despite GB scoring more points. We all knew it. Same as when Coventry scrapped into the play offs in 4th several seasons ago and smashed runaway leaders Poole. Peaking at the right time is key. Love the intensity of it.

 

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Another superb meeting, well done to Lambert on a deserved victory. Hopefully he and Bewley can keep progressing and maybe in a few years we could have both of them in the GP's.

Must have been the first final in years not to have needed a re-run!

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5 minutes ago, The Cheese said:

Another superb meeting, well done to Lambert on a deserved victory. Hopefully he and Bewley can keep progressing and maybe in a few years we could have both of them in the GP's.

Must have been the first final in years not to have needed a re-run!

1 heat was rerun when Smith Ex.  Very refreshing to have no starting reruns. 

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Hopefully this meeting signifies the start e new era in British Speedway at last we have a few who look like they could reach the top.  Lambert  was superb and Bewley pretty impressive. Had not liked Lambert up till this juncture but possibly  a lot of previous perceptions of him were more down to his mother.

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2 minutes ago, Hodgy said:

1 heat was rerun when Smith Ex.  Very refreshing to have no starting reruns. 

I meant the Grand Final, thought it was guarenteed once Garrity had qualified :D

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