It is with great sadness that Swindon Speedway have just informed us of the death of Swindon’s former Finnish ace Ari Koponen at the age of 58.
Ari rode for Swindon in 1984/85 and was a very consistent scorer and reliable second string rider for the Robins.
He averaged 6.15 in 1984, recording one full and one paid maximum, and tabled a 5.02 average in 1985 before leaving British speedway.
Ari reached the World Under 21 Final on two occasions (1979, 1980) and was crowned the
Finnish Champion once in 1983.
Everyone connected with Swindon Speedway offers their sincere condolences to Ari’s family and friends.