SPEEDWAY: By Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Bees and Storm

In a week that saw Buildbase Bees relinquish their position at the top of the Elite League table, City Gearboxes Storm were the only Coventry team in action and in yet another away match, they beat King’s Lynn in an incident packed encounter.

King’s Lynn 43, Storm 46.

(City Gearboxes National League)

Problems came for Storm came before the meeting started. Dan Greenwood arrived at the stadium with just ten minutes to go before start time after breaking down en-route and having to be fetched in by Callum Walker’s father and Martin Knuckey blew an engine in the warm up.

Early track problems saw the opening heats filled with incident.

Heat one was awarded after home rider Josh Bailey had fallen on the last lap.

Heat two went the same way. A major pile-up was somehow avoided but Callum Walker then fell on lap three,

There were two more fallers in the next, Rob Shuttleworth falling at the end of lap one then race leader Darryl Ritchings fell on the final circuit.

The most serious incident came in heat four. Young Star’s Tom Stokes fell off at the start of the third lap when leading. Knuckey also came down trying to avoid him. Unfortunately Stokes was taken to hospital. In the rerun the unlucky Knuckey again fell, this time on the final lap.

After some track grading things settled down a bit with Greenwood winning heat five before the home side went into a 21-14 lead thanks to a heat six maximum.

Storm pulled two back in the next before heat eight was shared after race leader Bailey retired after a first lap error.

Heat nine was shared after Luke Crang ruined hopes of another home 5-1 by passing both riders at the start of the second lap.

There was still more controversy to come after Shuttleworth appeared to lock up and Bailey had to take evasive action to avoid him. Surprisingly, Bailey was the rider excluded. Storm then grabbed the chance to take a 4-2 in the rerun.

A similar score in the next put them just one point behind.

A Ritchings-Knuckey 4-2 put them ahead for the first time before heats thirteen and fourteen were shared leaving the score at 42-41 to storm with just one heat to go.

Lynn looked set to take the match when they led from the start. Unfortunately it was not to be their night as first Scott Campos retired on lap two and then a James Cockle mistake let in Greenwood, the resulting 4-2 giving Storm a 46-43 victory.

After the match team manager Laurence Rogers said that it was a brilliant performance with Storm bouncing back strongly after throwing points away at the beginning.

Storm scorers: Dan Greenwood 11, Luke Crang 11, Darryl Ritchings 10, Martin Knuckey 7(1), Rob Shuttleworth 4, Conor Dwyer 3(2), Callum Walker 0.

World Team Cup

Chris Harris and Danny King rode for the Great Britain team in Monday’s qualifier at King’s Lynn.

With just the winners going direct to Saturday’s final in Denmark it soon became a two-horse race between GB and Australia with USA putting in a few obstacles in the shape of World Champion Greg Hancock.

With just four races to go the Aussies led by a solitary point but at this point the Brits fell away with the final scores being Australia 47, Britain 43, USA 22 and Latvia 9.

Harris was joint top scorer with Tai Woffinden on thirteen points while King contributed a well-earned ten.

Britain now have to face USA, Poland and the Czech Republic in Thursday’s race-off in Denmark with only the winners going through to Saturday.

Preview

Due to the World Team Cup taking place, there is no meeting at Brandon tomorrow (Friday), but on Sunday Brandon hosts the National League Fours.

Storm have been drawn in group A along with Eastbourne, King’s Lynn and Birmingham. With little home experience under their belts, this could be a tough one for the hosts.

Group B consists of Rye House, Mildenhall, Cradley and Kent.

The top two from each group go into the final.

Bees’ next match is at Poole on Wednesday.

The meeting starts at 3pm.

Alan Goodman