SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

Coventry Speedway has won their appeal over the £3,000 fine imposed after the events of the match against Poole on Monday, June 1.

When preparing for the hearing a flaw was spotted concerning the composition of the SGB court. It did not fully comply with the 2015 Speedway regulations.

It was therefore agreed that the hearing should not take place and Coventry’s appeal fee returned.

The fines imposed by the meeting referee will however stand as they were correctly imposed on the night.

It has also been agreed that the result of the Storm match against Rye House, which was abandoned after eight heats will stand. Even at this point there was no way that Rye house could have won. They had already qualified for the play-offs so the result would make no difference.

Polish Speedway Grand Prix

Chris Harris finished well down the field in Saturday’s Grand Prix held in Torun, Poland.

He was once again out in the opening heat and could only finish third in a processional race.

Fortunately there were few processions as racing got more competitive on a well-prepared track. In his second outing he could only watch from the back as Jason Doyle Tai Woffinden and Greg Hancock battled it out in front of him.

A third in his next was followed by another in his fourth outing when after gating in second place he was boxed out on a hard turn four.

Another good start went to waste in his final outing when he went from second to fourth on the back straight of lap one. The meeting was won by Nicki Pedersen from Doyle and Maciej Janowski.

It was Tai Woffinden’s night as he became World Champion for the second time in his career. His win came in slightly unusual circumstances. After failing to reach the semi-finals due to a last in his final race, it was expected that he would need a couple of points at least from the final round in Australia. As it was his nearest challenger, Hancock, failed in the first semi, leaving Woffinden as the champion.

Preview

Although the Brandon management have indicated they are looking into staging a Brandonapolis event before the end of the season, nothing has been announced yet, so the National League double header against Eastbourne and Mildenhall on Sunday, October 25 is the only definite meeting at Brandon at the moment.

It was announced at the weekend that Coventry Stadium would close at the end of next year.

A potential site for a new stadium has been earmarked, but it is uncertain whether the new stadium would be ready for 2017.