SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

With no Elite League action due to many individual meetings it was Coventry Storm who was the attraction over the weekend.

In fact it was a weekend that they would rather forget for after making a good start in the opening races against King’s Lynn Young Stars they let the visitors into the match and lost by four points.

It was even worse on Monday went a weakened side were hammered to the tune of 66-24 at Kent, in what must be one of their worst ever performances.

Storm 42, King’s Lynn Young Stars 48.

Both teams had their best sides available for what looked to be an intriguing clash between two mid-table teams.

Storm made the best start with Dan Greenwood and Conor Dwyer taking the lead out of turn two to record an opening heat maximum.

Ryan Kinsley won heat two for the visitors with Storm taking the minor positions after Layne Cupitt fell at the end of lap three when under pressure from Jamie Halder.

Martin Knuckey and Ryan Terry-Daley combined well to take another maximum in heat three and give Storm an early 13-5 lead.

At this stage it was all Storm but the visitors soon adapted to the dry conditions and began to pull the deficit back.

Nathan Greaves won heat for the Young Stars with Liam Carr just holding off Kinsley for second place.

A good first turn by Knuckey saw him go from third to first in a shared heat five.

Greaves won his second race in heat six. His partner Cupitt briefly held second but Greenwood recovered to pass at the end of the first lap. The visiting 4-2 brought them to within four points.

Two more of the same followed to make the scores level 24 each at the halfway stage.

Terry-Daley held out to win heat nine but the chance of any advantage was lost when Knuckey fell on a tight third turn.

Storm made the start to heat ten but a mistake by Dwyer on turn four let in both visitors to keep the scores level.

Storm’s chances of a recovery virtually disappeared in heat eleven when Carr took a nasty tumble on the Coventry turn when in second place. The resulting 5-1 put King’s Lynn ahead for the first time and also put Carr out of the meeting with a suspected broken scaphoid.

Scott Campos led for the visitors in heat twelve but Terry-Daley regained the lead to share the points.

Carr was an absentee in heat thirteen and although Greenwood managed to split the Greaves-Tom Stokes pairing it was not enough and Lynn now needed just three points from the last two races for victory. These were soon obtained in the next despite Knuckey just getting the win after a last bend burst by Kinsley.

Greenwood emerged ahead out of a tight back straight to win the final race but with the visitors already having the points in the bag it was immaterial.

The win sees the visitors leap-frog Storm in the National League table.

This was a disappointment but credit must go to the visitors for the way they got the better of the conditions after Storm’s early start. Especially impressive was reserve Kinsley who contributed a paid eleven to the Young Star’s total.

Storm scorers: Greenwood 12(1), Knuckey 9, Terry-Daley 8, Dwyer 5, Carr 4, Halder 2(1), Walker 2.

Kent 66, Storm.24.

Storm used rider-replacement for Carr and brought in local junior Rob Watts for the unavailable Jamie Halder.

Storm again made a good start with Greenwood winning heat one in a track record time. Dwyer unfortunately lost out on third place at the end.

Kent took a 5-1 in an eventful heat two which saw guest Watts a faller.

Another 5-1 in the next put Kent well in the driving seat.

It was three maximums in a row after Greenwood was excluded after a clash with James Shanes.

The Storm number one atoned for it the next by winning after being handicapped 15 metres for a tapes offence.

Knuckey was the next to receive a tapes penalty but despite a good effort he could not prevent the fourth Kent 5-1. At this stage the score was 26 -10 and Storm were facing a heavy defeat.

Knuckey was in trouble again in the next, falling on the second lap. In the rerun Kent took the first of three more maximums to lead by 41-13 after nine races.

Terry-Daley was the next visitor to fall in heat ten. In the rerun Knuckey split the home pair but Kent still led by a massive thirty points.

Greenwood stopped the run with a heat eleven win but it was back as before in heat twelve with the eighth Kent maximum of the night.

Even Greenwood had to admit second best to the Kent steamroller in thirteen and Knuckey took a second exclusion in heat fourteen after bringing down Danno Verge. With one race to go the score was an embarrassing 63-21.

Greenwood rode a good first turn to win the final race and make the score 66-24.

Storm failed to register a heat advantage and only Greenwood (four times) and Knuckey managed to finish in front of an opponent.

Storm scorers: Greenwood 13, Terry-Daley 4, Knuckey, Walker 3, Dwyer 1, Watts 0.

It was a busy weekend for Bees riders on the individual front with qualifiers for various competitions going ahead.

Chris Harris and Jason Garrity both qualified for the British Final after scoring eleven points each in the semi-final at Scunthorpe on Friday night.

Josh Bates lost a run-off for the final place against Robert Lambert and Richard Hall but is likely to be a reserve for the final.

James Sarjeant failed to qualify from the Glasgow semi but Danny King, who could not make the meeting due to involvement in a World Championship Qualifier, should receive a wild card for the British Final.

Polish Grand Prix

The previous night’s meeting at Scunthorpe did Harris no favours at all as he had to make a mad dash to Poland for Saturday’s event. This meant going into the meeting with no practice on a newly laid temporary track and it was no real surprise that he finished in last position with three points. Although he was usually in the mix his gating let him down and he always had to fight from the back.

With the GP Challenge now closed it will need some excellent performances from the remaining events if he is to get into the final eight.

Preview

Bees are back in action this weekend when they face home and away matches against Lakeside in quick succession. The home match is tomorrow night (Friday) with a start time of 7.30pm and then the return is the following night. The ‘Hammers’ have an attractive side which is led by former Bee Andreas Jonsson. Also in the side is Lewis Bridger who almost became a Bee last year and Piotr Swiderski. There is a coach for Saturday’s match and details can be obtained from the BOSS kiosk on Friday or by telephoning (01788) 562132.

On Monday Storm visit Cradley.

Alan Goodman