SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

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News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

When Coventry Buildbase Bees met Belle Vue Aces earlier in the season they contrived to throw away a 12-point lead and just scrape a draw. When the teams met again on Friday a slow start to the meeting by Bees left fans fearing another mishap against a team well down in the league. Fortunately a spirited Bees comeback saw them take all three league points on offer.

Bees 51, Belle Vue 39.

Elite League

Bees once again had Krzysztof Kasprzak missing, this time to World Team Cup requirements and had Danny King guesting, while the visitors were without Craig Cook, who was riding for his Premier League team and operated rider replacement.

Bees did not make the start they needed with the visitors taking maximum points in heat one after King had fallen on the second lap.

Belle Vue looked like repeating the dose in heat two but Aaron Summers managed to get by Ales Dryml on the second lap.

Heat three took four attempts to get underway. The first time of asking saw the not unusual occurrence of Stuart Robson jumping the start. Second time out he managed to touch the tapes and was excluded. Summers came in as a replacement but only got to turn two before coming off when three riders went for the same spot. All four were again allowed to start and this time Gregorz Zengota and Summers led from the gate to get Bees back in the match.

Scott Nicholls won heat four after having to repass Dryml.

Grand Prix rider Matej Zagar comfortably won heat five in what was to be the fastest time of the night before a Belle Vue 4-2 increased their lead to four points.

Bees then began to get it together with Nicholls and Summers taking maximum points in a restarted heat seven and then Summers, in for the out of touch Adam Roynon, and Michal Szczepaniak repeating the dose in heat eight to put Bees ahead for the first time.

Heat nine was shared before Bees went further ahead in heat ten. The race was won by King with Szczepaniak getting by Zetterstrom on the third lap.

Belle Vue were not finished with Zagar and Kevin Wolbert taking a 4-2 over Nicholls.

Two shared heats followed with Bees needing a good result from the last two races to take all three points on offer.

There was a stroke of good fortune in the penultimate race when Ostergaard fell on the last lap while holding second place, leaving the Bees pair to take maximum points.

This left a lot depending on heat fifteen and it turned out to be a good race to finish another night of top class speedway.

Zengota and Nicholls were nominated to face Zagar and Wolbert. With the advantage of gate position choice, Bees made the start with Zagar last. Good use of turn two saw Zagar go by Nicholls on the back straight only for Nicholls to regain the advantage entering the third turn. Bees then worked hard to hold on to their positions and ensure three League points were in the bag.

This win takes Bees to within six points of the play-off places, so their season still has some way to run. They were helped by two teams above them, King’s Lynn and Lakeside, losing.

For Bees, Zengota is proving the doubters wrong and has become one of Bees shrewdest signings of the season. Summers had another excellent night and the only worry is Roynon who is really struggling after his return from injury. He does now have a couple of meetings for Premier League Sheffield before his next Bees fixture.

Bees’ scorers: Summers 13(1), Zengota 13, Nicholls 11(2), King 6(1), Robson 4(3), Szczepzniak 4(1), Roynon 0.

Preview

There is no Elite League action this week as the World Team Cup is taking place.

There is a meeting at Brandon on Friday when the Storm are in action against The Isle of Wight. In a recent contest the Islanders won by 48-42. Their main contribution came from 16-year old Adam Ellis who scored a 21 point maximum. In guest appearances at Brandon Ellis has been practically unbeatable. He will however be missing on Friday as his Premier League team, Ipswich have a match. Brendan Johnson, who was released by Storm after Oliver Greenwood returned will be riding and no doubt have a point to prove. Also included in the visitor’s team are Paul Starke, Ben Hopwood and Darryl Ritchings. Like their senior counterparts, the Storm are chasing a play-off place and look well on course to achieve this. The meeting starts at 7.30 p.m.