SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

It was a mixed bag of results for both Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm over the past week. Bees were heavily defeated at Swindon while Storm recovered from a heavy defeat at Dudley on Tuesday to inflict a similar type of resounding victory over league newcomers Kent at Brandon on Friday.

Swindon 59, Coventry 36

Elite League

Coventry fans must have been slightly puzzled at Blundsen last Thursday as the Swindon team, managed by ex-Bees manager Alun Rossiter had a more familiar look than the present Bees with Edward Kennett, Nick Morris Peter Kildemand and Hans Andersen all having represented Bees during Rossiter’s reign.

Bees were still without Olly Allen and also needed a guest, Kevin Doolan, for Aaron Summers who was required in the Premier League.

It was Swindon who got off to the better start with Morris going past both Andersen and Krysztof Kasprzak on the second turn. To make it worse original leader Kasprzak was beaten into last on the line.

Robins took another maximum after Doolan lost second coming out of turn two.

Stuart Robson rode a good race to take second in heat three but partner Grzegorz Zengota was disqualified after falling.

Bees gated in heat four but Troy Batchelor was soon past Michal Szczepaniak to reduce Bees race advantage to two.

Another home maximum followed before Scott Nicholls took a tactical ride in heat six. The home pair again gated but both Bees went by Morris on the second turn to take a 3-5 heat advantage.

Three shared heat followed before Swindon took another maximum in heat ten to lead 38-24 with just five heats to go.

Kasprzak had had a miserable night up until heat eleven but when taking a tactical ride with Nicholls, the pair stormed home from the gate for an 8-1 advantage which gave the visiting fans a slight hope of at least a point, especially as the same pair was out in two of the next four races.

It was however a vain hope as neither could reproduce their heat eleven form and the home side went on to register four more maximums and take victory by a massive 59-36 advantage.

Nicholls top scored for Bees but gained little support. Kasprzak was second highest with nine. Six of these came in heat eleven while in his other four rides he failed to beat an opponent.

Bee’s scorers; Nicholls 13(1), Kasprzak 9, Robson 5, Szczepaniak 4(2),

Zengota 4(1) Doolan 1.

Dudley 62, Coventry Storm 30

National League

After their earlier visit to Wolverhampton, the present home track of Dudley, Storm were expected to give a much better account of themselves but despite topping the league table, they were comprehensively beaten.

Dudley started off with two maximum heat wins before Robert Branford and Brendon Johnson scored Storm’s only heat advantage of the night.

Two tactical rides did little for Storm’s cause, Johnson finishing second which shared the heat points, but James Sarjeant was on the end of another home maximum.

Coventry Storm 59, Kent 33

National League

This was a much better performance from Storm, although they will meet much tougher opponents than the new Kent side. The visitors were led by Steve Boxall, who has had Elite League experience and also included Benji Compton and Ben Morley. The rest were comparative newcomers to the sport, which is the main purpose of the league and not surprisingly, struggled to adapt to the Brandon circuit.

The meeting started at the new time of 7.30 which was probably just as well as a series of falls and tape exclusions meant that only four races were completed before 8.00.

All of the first four races had to be restarted, heat two taking an amazing four attempts before it was completed.

Storm opened up with a 4-2 and two 5-1’s before Boxall took a second from a tactical ride to share the heat points.

It was then more or less one-way traffic with Storm leading 40-16 at the end of heat nine.

The visitors did not give up however and held their own in the second part of the meeting with Storm only increasing their lead by two more points and finishing up 59-33 winners.

It was Storm’s overall strength that told with all riders scoring at least paid seven points. Strangely enough no home rider scored a maximum, Joe Jacobs possibly the nearest with four wins and falling in his other after just getting the advantage over Boxall. On the other hand only one Storm rider passed the finish line in last place.

This win put storm back at the top of the League table, but it is early days yet.

Polish Grand Prix.

Riding on his home Polish track Krzysztof had hopes of a rostrum place but it was not to be after finishing third in the second semi-final. He started well with a good ride to force his way past Nicki Pedersen on the third lap, but his second ride turned out a bit of a disaster. In a race when the positions were continually changing he was at one stage second but eventually finished last. He won his third ride but then could only manage a third and second. This was just enough to earn a semi-final place but his night ended after he finished third.

After a nightmare start Kasprzak is now working his way up the rankings and currently lays ninth, just four behind Tomasz Gollob in the coveted eighth place.

Preview.

Bees have a chance of getting a quick revenge win over Swindon when the teams meet at Brandon on Friday. Unfortunately the match clashes with the weekend’s GP qualifying rounds and the make-up of the Swindon team especially, is not yet known.

The match starts at the new time of 7.30 p.m.

Alan Goodman.