SPEEDWAY: By Alan Goodman

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News from Coventry Bees and Storm

Chris Harris is finding the going extremely tough on his return to the Grand Prix series after a year out.

After scoring just two points in the second round at Bydgoszcz in Poland he lies in bottom place with just two points to his name. He now needs to get it together pretty quickly if he is to retain his place in next year’s competition.

He got off to a reasonable start on a track that had to be worked on after a heavy storm in the afternoon. The change to the track made the previous day’s practice irrelevant as so much material had to be bladed off. First out, he rode a good second turn to keep out Nicki Pedersen and hold him off for the rest of the race.

He made a reasonable start to his second ride and then tailed off.

Two more zero’s followed before heat seventeen which became the battle of the Brit’s with reigning champion Tai Woffinden, surprisingly only one point better off. Harris led at one stage but eventually had to be content with one point while Woffinden turned in his best race of the night for a good win.

Another name well known to Bees, Martin Smolinski carried on his good work and despite just missing out on a final place lies in joint third overall.

The meeting winner was Krzysztof Kasprzak, who beat Darcy Ward on the run-in to the flag. Third was Jarek Hampel.

Kasprzak, who did not look like a future World Champion in last Year’s spell at Brandon leads the series with 35 points with Nicki Pedersen on 24.

Preview

Last Friday’s meeting which was to feature Storm against Devon Devils was called at lunchtime due to the bad weather.

It is Storm in action again tomorrow (Friday) when they take on the Kent King’s.

Storm top the National League table with three wins out of three. Their opponents are also unbeaten but have only ridden one match.

Bees return to action on Saturday when they visit Lakeside for an Elite League match with the return at Brandon on Monday night.

Bees will need to be at their best on Saturday as Lakeside, led by veteran Peter Karlsson, have been formidable on their own track this season.

There is a coach running to Lakeside on Saturday and details can be obtained from the BOSS kiosk or by telephoning (01788) 562132.

Alan Goodman.