Scott Nicholls

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Scott Nicholls
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Born (1978-05-16) 16 May 1978 (age 40)
Ipswich, England
Nationality English
Website www.nichollsracing.com
Current club information
British league Wolverhampton Wolves
Leicester Lions
Career history
Great Britain
1994, 2018 Peterborough Panthers
1995–1998, 2001–2003, 2009–2010 Ipswich Witches
1999–2000 Poole Pirates
2004–2007, 2009, 2012–2013 Coventry Bees
2008 Eastbourne Eagles
2011 Swindon Robins
2014–2016 Belle Vue Aces
2017–2018 Rye House Rockets
2018– Leicester Lions
2019– Wolverhampton Wolves
Sweden
1998–2006 Smederna
2007–2008 Hammarby
2009–2013 Vargarna
Poland
2017Arge Speedway Wanda Kraków
Speedway Grand Prix statistics
2009 Number 9
Starts67 [1]
Podiums5 (0–4–1)
Finalist9 time
Individual honours
1998, 1999 British Under-21 Champion
2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012 British Champion
2005 Golden Helmet of Pardubice (CZE)
Team honours
1998, 2005, 2007 Elite League Champion
1998, 2006, 2007, 2008 Elite League KO Cup Winner
1998, 2007 Craven Shield Winner

Scott Karl Nicholls (born 16 May 1978) [2] is a British speedway rider, who has won the British Championship seven times, [3] and was a full participant in the Speedway Grand Prix series between 2002 and 2008.

Great Britain island in the North Atlantic off the north-west coast of continental Europe

Great Britain is an island in the North Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of continental Europe. With an area of 209,331 km2 (80,823 sq mi), it is the largest of the British Isles, the largest European island, and the ninth-largest island in the world. In 2011, Great Britain had a population of about 61 million people, making it the world's third-most populous island after Java in Indonesia and Honshu in Japan. The island of Ireland is situated to the west of Great Britain, and together these islands, along with over 1,000 smaller surrounding islands, form the British Isles archipelago.

Motorcycle speedway motorcycle sport

Motorcycle speedway, usually referred to as speedway, is a motorcycle sport involving four and sometimes up to six riders competing over four anti-clockwise laps of an oval circuit. The motorcycles are specialist machines which use only one gear and have no brakes; racing takes place on a flat oval track usually consisting of dirt, loosely packed shale, or crushed rock. Competitors use this surface to slide their machines sideways, powersliding or broadsiding into the bends. On the straight sections of the track the motorcycles reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).

Speedway Grand Prix are a series of stand-alone motorcycle speedway events over the course of a season used to determine the Speedway World Champion.

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Career

Born in Ipswich, [4] Nicholls began his speedway career in grasstrack racing becoming National Schoolboy champion in 1993. His first international appearance came in 1996 when he was selected to ride for Great Britain in the Speedway World Cup final. He then became British Under-21 Champion in 1998 and again in 1999. [4]

Ipswich Town and Borough in England

Ipswich is a large historical town in Suffolk, England, located in East Anglia about 66 miles (106 km) north east of London. It is also the county town of Suffolk. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and its port has been one of England's most important for the whole of its history.

Grasstrack

Motorcycle Grasstrack is a form of motorcycle racing which typically, in its current form, takes place on a flat track consisting of two straights and two bends usually constructed in a field. It is one of the oldest types of motorcycle sports in the UK with the first meetings having taken place in the 1920s.

The Speedway World Cup was an annual speedway event held each year in different countries. The first edition of the competition in the current format was held in 2001 and replaced the old World Team Cup competition which was amalgamated with the World Pairs Championship. The last edition was in 2017. Since 2018, the World Cup has been replaced by the new Speedway of Nations, which effectively brings back the pairs format.

His first experience of the Speedway Grand Prix series came with a wild card ride in Britain, with similar rides following in 2000 and 2001. He qualified as a full-time Grand Prix rider in 2002 and capped that season with a second place in the season ending event in Australia. That year he also won the first of his six British Championships. His sixth British Championship win occurred in 2011. [5]

The Speedway Grand Prix of Australia is a speedway event that is part of the Speedway Grand Prix Series.

The British Speedway Championship. is an annual motorcycle speedway competition open to British national speedway riders. The winner of the event becomes the British Speedway Champion. It has been open in the past to riders from British dominions and was dominated in its early years by riders from New Zealand such as Barry Briggs and Ivan Mauger; this was because the British Final formed part of the World Individual Speedway championship qualifying rounds. From 1975 onwards Australia and New Zealand held their own World Individual Speedway championship qualifying rounds. In the first dozen finals, it was only won twice by a British born rider, both times by Peter Craven.

Nicholls was the most successful ever Coventry Bees captain, skippering them to five trophies in three seasons between 2004 and 2007, including two Elite League championships. [4] He rode for Eastbourne Eagles in 2008. Despite quitting the British Elite League to reduce his racing schedule in 2009, Nicholls returned to the Coventry Bees in May 2009 as temporary cover for the injured Olly Allen. [6]

Coventry Bees

Coventry Bees are a motorcycle speedway team formerly based at Brandon near Coventry, England. A Coventry team was first formed in 1928 and competed in the Southern League and then the National League in the pre-war era at Brandon stadium. There were also meetings at a stadium in Lythalls Lane. After the war, the club became The Bees and have been involved every season from 1948 until the loss of Brandon stadium shortly before the start of the 2017 season, during which they ran a series of challenge matches at other tracks.

The Elite League was the top division of speedway league competition in the United Kingdom, governed by the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB), in conjunction with the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA). It was sponsored by Sky Sports until the end of the 2013 season. In 2016, the Elite League featured 8 teams, unlike 10 in 2014, during a season which ran between March and October. Each team had a designated race day on which they normally staged their home fixtures, and they regularly had home and away fixtures scheduled in the same week.

Eastbourne Eagles

The Eastbourne Eagles are a British speedway team based near Eastbourne, England who compete in the British SGB Championship, having competed in the Elite League until 2014 and the National League from 2015 until 2018. They became Elite League Champions in 2000. They were also Elite League Knockout Cup winners in 2002 and again in 2008. Speedway was initially introduced to Eastbourne in 1929.

Nicholls led his home club, the Ipswich Witches for the 2010 Elite League season, as well as riding for Vargarna in the Swedish league and Miskolc, a Hungarian team in the Polish league. With Ipswich dropping down a division, Nicholls signed for Swindon Robins for 2011. [6] After an unsuccessful spell with the Robins, Nicholls returned to parent club Coventry Bees for the 2012 season, in which he won the Olympique individual meeting at Monmore Green Stadium, [3] staying with the Bees in 2013. [6] From 2013 he made himself unavailable for the Great Britain team, but reversed his decision in 2016. [7] He signed to ride for Belle Vue Aces in 2014 and extended his contract in 2015. [8] After spending 2017 with Rye House Rockets, he started the 2018 SGB Premiership season with them, and rode for Peterborough Panthers in the SGB Championship, but after the Rockets folded mid-season, he was signed by Leicester Lions, with whom he stayed for 2019 after they dropped down to the SGB Championship. [9]

The Swindon Speedway team, also known as the Swindon Robins, are an English motorcycle speedway team established in 1949 that competes in the SGB Premiership, the top division of speedway league competition in the United Kingdom. They were league champions in the 2017 season.

Monmore Green Stadium

Monmore Green Stadium is a greyhound racing track located in Wolverhampton. The stadium has private suites, a restaurant and a number of bars. The venue is owned and operated by the Ladbrokes Coral group.

Belle Vue Aces British speedway team

The Belle Vue Aces are a British speedway team from Manchester in the north west of England.

Speedway Grand Prix results

YearPositionPointsBest finishNotes
1999 27th319thA single wild card ride in Coventry
2001 33rd417thWild card ride in Cardiff
2002 13th722ndFirst podium in Australia (2nd place)
2003 7th1022ndSecond in Sweden
2004 12th666thMissed Czech GP through injury
2005 9th725th
2006 11th832ndMissed Czech GP through injury, 2nd in Italy
2007 8th912ndFinished 2nd in Slovenia, qualified for 2008 GPs after a race-off
2008 9th774th
 permanent speedway rider
  wild card, track reserve or qualified reserve
 rider not classified (track reserve who did not start)

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References

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  2. Oakes, P.(2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN   0-948882-81-6
  3. 1 2 "Scott Nicholls sees off Wolves legends", Express & Star, 17 October 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2018
  4. 1 2 3 "2018 Rider Index: N", speedwaygb.co.uk. Retrieved 21 November 2018
  5. "Nicholls wins British crown". Sky Sports. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  6. 1 2 3 "Friendly Rivalry", speedwaygp.com, 4 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2018
  7. "Buster Chapman plays a key role as Scott Nicholls bids for a Great Britain return", Norwich Evening News, 25 February 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2018
  8. Bromley, Hayley (2014) "Scott Nicholls signs new deal with Belle Vue Aces", Manchester Evening News, 1 December 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2018
  9. Łapczyńska, Katarzyna (2018) "Scott Nicholls z nowym kontraktem. Wciąż jest wielką marką", sportowefakty.wp.pl, 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018