First final for Harris

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There was no team action for Bees this week but on the individual front Chris Harris began his fight back to climb up the GP rankings and ensure a place in next year’s competition.

In what was by far the most action packed meeting of the season Harris reached his first final of the season in Copenhagen on Saturday night.

The first race had only reached the first turn before an incident between Kenneth Bjerre and Jarek Hampel saw the latter taken to hospital with a leg injury.

Despite making a good start in his opening ride Harris was taken wide on the second turn and had to ride hard to reclaim third place from Bjarne Pedersen.

Fears of another Bomber disappointment was dispelled when he fought off an early challenge from GP leader Greg Hancock to win heat seven.

He was last from the gate in heat nine but cut back coming out of turn two to pass both Chris Holder and Tomasz Gollob on the back straight for a good second place.

Two more points came in a hectic heat fourteen which saw Emil Sayfutdinov and Nicki Pedersen almost come to blows after some hard riding from two riders who have previously clashed. He needed a point from his last race to be sure of a semi final place but surprisingly trailed in last in a race that should have been a formality.

As it was he scraped through by the skin of his teeth by virtue of the count back system. Three riders finished on eight with one place available. Peter Ljung was immediately out while Harris and Andreas Jonsson had almost identical scorecards. Both riders had one zero but Harris went through as he finished his race whereas Jonsson did not.

Lumbered with the unfavourable gate three he came to grief after a mix-up between Bjarne Pedersen and Sayfutdinov saw the latter come down with Harris nowhere to go. Both riders were OK but the Russian excluded.

In the three man rerun he got the better of Pedersen and put the pressure on Jason Crump. The two points were enough to get him to the final. Unfortunately the pace was just too hot and he had to be content with fourth place.

This moved him up a couple places in the rankings but he is still eighteen points behind the eighth placed rider.

The meeting turned up the fifth different winner in five rounds. This time Jason Crump took the honours from Fredrik Lindgren and Greg Hancock.

To ensure a place next year Harris needs success in the GP Qualifying rounds, His first being at Berwick on Saturday. He needs all the support he can get and details of the coach going to Berwick can be obtained by telephoning (01788) 562132.

Preview

Bees are back in action on Friday when they host King’s Lynn in an Elite League fixture.

Bees have already beaten the Stars at home this season but only by four points and need to improve on this if they are to take all three League points needed to keep them in contention for a play-off place.

The visitors are led by the in-form Niels Kristian Iversen and Brandon specialist Mads Korneliussen. They also have middle order strength with the experienced duo of Joe Screen and Daniel Nermark.

Bees will still be missing Scott Nicholls but the rest of the team will be available as there are no fixture clashes for the doubling up riders. The meeting starts at the usual time of 8pm.