AN BEWLEY became the new king of Great Britain – and the first champ to win under a king.
DThere has never been a British Champion while a king has ruled the UK, since the event began in 1961 it has always been Queen Elizabeth II on the throne.
But now Bewley wears the crown in British speedway having become the new poster boy of the sport in this country within the space of six weeks.
In contrast to the UK over the past 10 days, the National Speedway Stadium was sadly devoid of any pomp or ceremony.
Perhaps it was a tad sombre due to the impending state funeral. There were no fireworks or fizz.
Typically laidback Bewley, 22, was certainly not fazed by being the first national champ under the realm of King Charles III – and ironically beating a King (Danny) in the final.
He said: “It’s nice to make history always. I don’t think any further than that, it’s just nice to get the win. Will I be made Sir Dan by King Charles one day? Maybe. I’ll need to win a lot more races yet!
“It’s cool for me to have won the British Under-19, British Under-21 and now the senior titles. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now.
“It’s always nice to come back and get a good result. I know I was the favourite but I don’t really think about pressure. It’s just fun to go racing to me.
“This is just a meeting where you want to go good in the heats and get straight to the final. It’s the first time I’ve actually got the job done.
“This year has been brilliant yet I don’t feel I’m doing anything massively different to last season.
“To be honest, today doesn’t change anything. I don’t feel I ride on confidence, if that makes any sense.
“I feel like I know what I can do, I know I can ride the bike fast. But winning is about making the right adjustments and decisions. It’s about being the complete package.
“In Vojens, I felt good and was fastest in practice. But I just didn’t translate that into any points really. That was mainly down to starts.
“Malilla was just the total opposite to today. Sometimes you have those days when everything you do seems to go wrong.
“I started off with a crash in practice. I then felt like every move I was making wasn’t paying off. It just wasn’t working.”
• Heat 19 – Dan Bewley (yellow), Danny King (white), Richie Worrall (blue) and Chris Harris
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8 from the outside, leaving the battle to take place behind him with Cook moving inside Steve Worrall on lap two to suggest he could well also be a factor in the meeting.
The two unbeaten riders clashed in Heat 9 but whilst Bewley waltzed clear from the inside, Lawson found himself under threat as Brennan pulled off a fourth-to-second move on the outside heading into the second lap – and as that was happening, Mountain also got inside Lawson to relegate the joint-leader to the back.
Heat 10 produced a second win for Ellis and a third second place for Flint, who sat just in front of a scrap between Leicester team-mates Howarth and Richie Worrall, whilst Cook’s firm defence of the lead on the back straight of Heat 11 forced Harris to abandon that outside effort and instead he had to work to overcome Nicholls for second.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
BELLE VUE BRITISH FINAL Dan Bewley ..............3 3 3 3 3 15 Craig Cook................1 2 3 3 3 12 Danny King ..............2 3 3 2 1 11 Kyle Howarth............2 1 1 3 3 10 Tom Brennan............1 3 2 2 2 10 Adam Ellis ................3 1 3 0 2 9 Richard Lawson ......3 3 0 R 2 8 Connor Mountain ....1 2 1 3 1 8 Charles Wright ........2 0 0 2 3 7 Steve Worrall............3 1 1 1 1 7 Leon Flint ................2 2 2 1 0 7 Chris Harris ..............0 2 2 0 2 6 Paul Starke ..............0 0 2 0 1 3 Scott Nicholls ..........0 1 1 1 R 3 Richie Worrall ..........0 0 0 2 R 2 Simon Lambert ........1 0 0 1 0 2 Referee: Wayne Jarvis 1 S.Worrall, Flint, Mountain, Harris 2 Bewley, Howarth, Cook, Starke 3 Lawson, Wright, Lambert, R.Worrall 4 Ellis, King, Brennan, Nicholls 5 King, Mountain, Howarth, Wright 6 Bewley, Flint, Nicholls, Lambert 7 Lawson, Harris, Ellis, Starke 8 (re-run) Brennan, Cook, S.Worrall, R.Worrall 9 Bewley, Brennan, Mountain, Lawson 10 Ellis, Flint, Howarth, R.Worrall 11 Cook, Harris, Nicholls, Wright 12 King, Starke, S.Worrall, Lambert 13 Mountain, R.Worrall, Nicholls, Starke 14 Cook, King, Flint, Lawson (ret) 15 Howarth, Brennan, Lambert, Harris 16 Bewley, Wright, S.Worrall, Ellis 17 Cook, Ellis, Mountain, Lambert 18 Wright, Brennan, Starke, Flint 19 Bewley, Harris, King, R.Worrall (ret) 20 Howarth, Lawson, S.Worrall, Nicholls (ret) Semi-final: Brennan, King, Howarth, Ellis Final: Bewley, Brennan, Cook, King
Report: DAVID ROWE Interviews: PHIL LANNING Pictures: IAN CHARLES and EDDIE GARVEY