CYCLE SPEEDWAY: First home meeting for Brandon Bees

The first race at Bretford for Brandon Bees   (PICTURE BY BAILIE PHILLIPS)
The first race at Bretford for Brandon Bees (PICTURE BY BAILIE PHILLIPS)
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Rivals stunned by new team’s victory

Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway club opened a new era at Bretford Playing Fields last Tuesday evening when they staged a hugely successful opening meeting against near neighbours Coventry.

Frantic last minute track work in the preceding 48 hours had transformed the circuit, pits and surrounds into an immaculate arena. Bright sunshine greeted the riders and onlookers as the sport made an encouraging return to the rural village location.

And, to complete a memorable evening, the newly formed Brandon Bees, proudly wearing the iconic Coventry Bees `fighting bee` emblem of the 1960s era, stunned rivals Coventry by posting a 71-59 victory.

It was fitting local youngster Matt Hambidge, showing his best form to date, won the first race for Brandon. He was well supported by Myke Grimes and Mark Winwood as the Bees pulled away for a comfortable victory.

However, Coventry had the star performer of the night in 18 year old Dan Drewett.

There was a welcome return to action for Bretford based Kyle Roberts after missing the first two months of the season due to a broken arm. He surpassed expectations by losing just once.

Brandon Bees point scorers: Mark Winwood 15, Myke Grimes 14, Kyle Roberts 14, Matt Hambidge 12, Joe McLaughlin 9 and Ollie Morris 7.

The Brandon Bees name has been revived from the former Brandon team of the same name, who rode in the 1970s in the car park track at Coventry Speedway Stadium. Officials hope this will help promote the new Cycle Speedway club.

The next home match at Brandon Road Playing Fields is on Tuesday, June 16, when the Bees play host to Birmingham in the Midland League division 2.

For more information on Brandon Bees Cycle Speedway club, call 07400 993999.