World Championship

World Championship


The World Championship started in 1955 and was held twice that year with Northern World Champion Jerzy Wokitowicz (99) crowned at Belle Vue and Southern World Champion Mac McDonnell (35) crowned at Harringay. From 1956 onwards only a single World Championship Final has been held.

The World Championship is made up of UK registered drivers, who have to go through a qualification method, and overseas drivers. The overseas drivers are predominately made up of drivers from Holland who have their own qualification method to decide who will represent Holland in the World Final. Drivers from all over the world are invited to join the UK and Holland registered drivers with the World Championship grid having seen drivers from New Zealand, Australia, USA, South Africa, Germany, Belgium and Canada.

With eight World Championship titles to his name, John Lund (53) has won the most World Championships in the history of the sport, with the next active driver having only won three World titles, this could be a record that’ll stand for a very long time.

Only three drivers have managed to win the title three times in a row with Stuart Smith (391), Dave Chisholm (252) and Andy Smith (391) all achieving this throughout their careers.

Since the 2011 season, no driver has managed to retain the title. Tom Harris (84) is the only driver in this period to win the World Championship more than once.

Across the years there have been many memorable World Championships, none more so than Skegness in 2012, holding its first ever World Championship, no one really knew what to expect from the Lincolnshire venue. It didn’t disappoint as it turned into a race of attrition and the winner Lee Fairhurst (217) wining the race for the first time having started from the reserve slot at the back of a thirty-two car grid.

How it Works

Qualification – World Championship Qualifying Rounds

Qualification begins only a few weeks after the World Final with specially designated World Championship Qualifying Rounds (WCQR). These work exactly like any other meeting whereby drivers score grading points but points also carry towards the World Championship qualifying table.

Qualifying rounds continue into the year of the World Championship with all tracks holding at least one World Championship Qualifying round. The World Championship Qualifying rounds usually end at the end of June with points being totalled to see who will qualify for a World Championship Semi Final.

Qualification – World Championship Semi Final

The top forty-eight drivers from the World Championship Qualifying points will qualify for one of the two World Championship Semi Finals with twenty-four drivers in each Semi Final. These are usually staged late July/early August with one being held on shale and one on tarmac. Drivers are prohibited to swap Semi Finals and the only options open to them are race or cancel. If a driver cancels, their spot will be left vacant and the next driver in the points will be inserted into a new row at the back.

The Semi Final is run over twenty laps and usually doubles up as a Heat at the meeting its contested. The grid is formed in points order and as a closed grid.

Only the top ten from each Semi Final will transfer into the World Final.

After the second Semi Final has been contested, the two winners are gathered at the start/finish line for a coin toss to determine which driver will start in pole position at the World Championship Final. The winner of the toss gets to make the decision.

Qualification – World Championship Consolation

This is the final stop for the twenty-eight drivers who didn’t qualify through from the Semi Finals with only two spots left up for grabs. The World Championship Consolation is sometimes held on the World Championship night but has also been run at a separate meeting and sometimes at an entirely different track. The drivers are gridded in graded order with gaps like a normal race but the top points scorer within the grades start at the front rather than the back.

Only the top two from the World Championship Consolation will transfer into the World Final at the back of the grid.

Qualification – Defending Champion

On the rare occasion the defending World Champion is unable to qualify through traditional means, they are allowed to start at the back of the grid as the thirty-seventh car.

Qualification – Overseas

The identity of the overseas competitors are known before the World Championship Final. The Dutch registered drivers have their own qualification method made up of points/special meetings or Wild Card races. Drivers from further afield such as New Zealand don’t normally qualify and are invited to race.

The Overseas drivers take part in time trials before the World Championship to determine their grid positions. Usually drivers are invited to take part in a single lap against the clock, with the order reversed for the second runs. The fastest time overall will be located on row three.

The Overseas drivers start on rows 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 17 and 18.

The Race

The race is held over twenty-five laps with a closed grid start, the order of which is decided by the World Championship Semi Final results and time trials for the overseas drivers.

Defending Champion – Charlie Sworder (5)

Photo: Colin Casserley
Photo: Colin Casserley

Title and Roof Colour

TitleWorld Champion
Roof Colour Gold
NumberThe winner has the choice if they wish to carry the number 1.

Most Wins By A Driver

1John Lund (53)8
2Stuart Smith (391/1)6
3Andy Smith (391/1)5
4Peter Falding (33/1)4
5Johnny Brise (103)3
=Dave Chisholm (252)3
=Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)3
=Tom Harris (84/1)3
9Fred Mitchell (38)2
=Rob Speak (318)2
=Stuart Smith Jnr (390)2

Most Podiums By A Driver

1Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)13
2Stuart Smith (391/1)11
=John Lund (53)11
4Andy Smith (391/1)10
5Peter Falding (33/1)8
6Paul Harrison (2)7
7Frankie Wainman (212)5
8Dan Johnson (4)4
=Doug Wardropper (5)4
=Fred Mitchell (38)4
=Bert Finnikin (55)4
=Craig Finnikin (55)4
=Murray Harrison (97)4
=Ron Rogers (152)4
=Dave Berresford (260)4
=Dave Mellor (304)4
=Rob Speak (318)4
=Stuart Smith Jnr (390)4
=Doug Cronshaw (396)4
20Willie Harrison (2)3
=Johnny Brise (103)3
=Len Wolfenden (190)3
=Ryan Harrison (197)3
=Mike Close (199)3
=Dave Chisholm (252)3
=Mick Noden (306)3
=Tom Harris (84/1)3
=Lee Fairhurst (217)3
29Aubery Leighton (42)2
=Charile Finnikin (55)2
=Kev Smith (64)2
=Ted Pankhurst (104)2
=Des Chandler (213)2
=Jim Esau (244)2
=Alan Wardropper (245)2
=George Ansell (375)2
=Steven Cayzer (380)2
=Nigel Green (445)2
=Vic Ferriday (73/173)2

Full List Of Winners

1955HarringayMac McDonnell (35)Joe Farley (98)Percy Betts (80)
1955Belle VueJerzy Wotjowicz (99) Vic Ferriday (173)Steve Storm (3)
1956Belle VueJohnny Brise (103)Jimmy Glee (48)Vic Ferriday (73)
1957Belle VueAubery Leighton (42)Doug Wardropper (5)Harry Foot (14)
1958Belle VueBob Reeve (0)Graham Warner (3)Aubery Leighton (42)
1959Belle VueJohnny Brise (103)Fred Mitchell (38)Doug Wardropper (5)
1960CoventryJohnny Brise (103)Fred Mitchell (38)Doug Wardropper (5)
1961West HamJock Lloyd (131)Johnny King (6)Ted Pankhurst (104)
1962Belle VueFred Mitchell (38)Ken Freeman (61)Alan Wardropper (245)
1963HarringayDoug Wardropper (5)Ted Pankhurst (104)Rod Dore (35)
1964CoventryTrevor Frost (68)Don Evans (37)Nev Hughes (69)
1965West HamEllis Ford (3)Alan Wardropper (245)Ron Rogers (152)
1966Belle VueFred Mitchell (38)Ron Rogers (152)Charile Finnikin (55)
1967HarringayGeorge Ansell (375)Johnnie Pratt (394)Ron Rogers (152)
1968CoventryTony Neal (100)Ron Rogers (152)Charile Finnikin (55)
1969Belle VueStuart Smith (391)Jim Esau (244)Gerry Weir (13)
1970HarringayJim Esau (244)Stuart Smith (391)Pete Webb (8)
1971CoventryDoug Cronshaw (396)Ian Durham (311)George Ansell (375)
1972Belle VueStuart Smith (391)Mick Noden (306)Doug Cronshaw (396)
1973HarringayDave Chisholm (252)Stuart Smith (391)Doug Cronshaw (396)
1974CoventryDave Chisholm (252)Stuart Smith (391)Mick Noden (306)
1975Belle VueDave Chisholm (252)Stuart Smith (391)Doug Cronshaw (396)
1976White CityStuart Bamforth (3)Gordon Smith (293)Frankie Wainman (212)
1977CoventryMike Close (199)Frankie Wainman (212)Willie Harrison (2)
1978Belle VueDave Mellor (304)John Hillam (229)Glyn Pursey (175)
1979White CityFrankie Wainman (212)Mick Noden (306)Bert Finnikin (55)
1980CoventryStuart Smith (391)Dave Mellor (304)John Lund (53)
1981BradfordLen Wolfenden (190)Brian Powles (154)Mike Close (199)
1982Belle VueWillie Harrison (2)Mike Close (199)Dave Berresford (260)
1983CoventryStuart Smith (1)Danny Clarke (203)Willie Harrison (2)
1984Belle VueStuart Smith (1)Len Wolfenden (190)Dave Mellor (304)
1985BradfordStuart Smith (1)Len Wolfenden (190)Bert Finnikin (55)
1986CoventryPeter Falding (33)Dave Mellor (304)Stuart Smith (1)
1987Belle VueJohn Lund (53)Frankie Wainman (212)Dave Berresford (260)
1988HednesfordJohn Lund (53)John Toulson (286)Chris Elwell (501)
1989CoventryRay Tyldesley (85)Peter Falding (33)Des Chandler (213)
1990BradfordBert Finnikin (55)Dave Berresford (260)John Lund (53)
1991HednesfordJohn Lund (53)Bert Finnikin (55)Peter Falding (33)
1992BradfordJohn Lund (53)Bobby Burns (471)Peter Falding (33)
1993CoventryPeter Falding (33)Paul Harrison (2)Kev Smith (64)
1994BradfordAndy Smith (391)Kev Smith (64)Dave Berresford (260)
1995HednesfordKeith Chambers (250)Murray Harrison (97)Des Chandler (213)
1996CoventryJohn Lund (53)Paul Harrison (2)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
1997BradfordJohn Lund (53)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Peter Falding (33)
1998CoventryFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Rob Pearce (175)Paul Harrison (2)
1999CoventryMurray Harrison (97)Frankie Wainman (212)John Lund (53)
2000CoventryJohn Lund (53)Andy Smith (391)Murray Harrison (97)
2001HednesfordRob Speak (318)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)
2002CoventryJohn Lund (53)Rob Speak (318)Dave Johnson (383)
2003CoventryPeter Falding (33)Murray Harrison (97)Steven Cayzer (380)
2004CoventryPeter Falding (1)Ed Neachell (321)Steven Cayzer (380)
2005NorthamptonFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Dave Schaap (H007)Andy Smith (391)
2006CoventryAndy Smith (391)Frankie Wainman Jnr (1)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)
2007King's LynnStuart Smith Jnr (390)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Andy Smith (391)
2008IpswichAndy Smith (391)Paul Harrison (2)Ron Kroonder (H217)
2009King's LynnAndy Smith (391)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Paul Harrison (2)
2010CoventryAndy Smith (1)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Craig Finnikin (55)
2011NorthamptonPaul Harrison (2)Dan Johnson (4)Andy Smith (1)
2012SkegnessLee Fairhurst (217)Dan Johnson (4)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)
2013King's LynnTom Harris (84)Craig Finnikin (55)Ryan Harrison (197)
2014CoventryCraig Finnikin (55)Stuart Smith Jnr (390)Dan Johnson (4)
2015King's LynnRob Speak (318)Frankie Wainman Jnr (515)Mat Newson (16)
2016CoventryFrankie Wainman Jnr (515)Rob Speak (318)Lee Fairhurst (217)
2017IpswichNigel Green (445)Ryan Harrison (197)Frankie Wainman Jnr (1)
2018SkegnessStuart Smith Jnr (390)Nigel Green (445)Dan Johnson (4)
2019King's LynnTom Harris (84)Ryan Harrison (197)Craig Finnikin (55)
2020Event not held---
2021BradfordTom Harris (1)Lee Fairhurst (217)Paul Harrison (2)
2022IpswichCharlie Sworder (5)Bobby Griffin (166)Wim Peeters (H124)

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