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British final hopes; CYCLE SPEEDWAY.

ONE of Coventry's most successful ever sportsmen, Cycle Speedway star Norman Venson, hopes to cap a glittering career in next week's British final in Coventry.

Venson, from Whitley, has amazingly qualified for the last 13 British finals - a fantastic record that is unlikely to ever be broken.

The 39 year old, who raced for Leicester, in the premier League, began racing for the now defunct Whitley Club in 1980 and soon became a major force on the national scene.

Together with lifelong friends Dave Frith and Ray Oliver, who both now ride for the Coventry Devlins Newsagents, they were the king pins of the whitley side before the sport faded in Coventry in 1989, forcing Venson to continue racing with Leicester.

Venson then went on to win a host of team and individual honours and toured Holland, Poland and Australia.

He twice climbed on the British final podium, finishing third in both 1987 and 1989.

Last year saw the likable Venson, whose son Robbie is now a rising junior star, who zoomed to fifth place in the final at Oxford - his best finish for several years. Venson has appeared in British finals all over Britain, at nine different locations, but never in his home city
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 18, 2005
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