SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

The faithful Coventry fans were treated to another close finish but this time with the result going their way. After losing to King’s Lynn on Monday many folks expected the visit of league leaders Poole to go the same way. As it was Bees, inspired by another good performance by Krzysztof Kasprzak, upset the odds and took the points after a last heat decider.

On the individual front it was a good weekend with Bees assets taking honours in all three of the events taking place on Saturday.

Storm’s match at Birmingham on Wednesday was abandoned after a second heavy downpour made further racing impossible. Storm was losing 28-20 at the time. The meeting will be restaged on Wednesday, August 10.

Bees 47, Poole 43

Bees were still without Jason Garrity and club asset Ben Barker deputised.

Both teams made changes at reserve. Bees were without both of their regulars and tracked Adam Roynon and guest David Bellego from Redcar. Poole were without Kyle Newman and drafted in Ellis Perks. However, Poole had former Danish international Bjarne Pedersen in the other reserve position.

GP star Chris Holder won a close heat one to inflict what was to be the only defeat of the night on Krzysztof Kasprzak. With Ben Barker taking third the points were shared.

Poole went ahead in the next with Pedersen not surprisingly taking his first win of the night over Roynon. Bellego lost third place on the second lap to Perks.

Poole made the start to heat three and although Krzysztof Buczkowski went on to win; Chris Harris passed former Bee Hans Andersen on the second lap with Danny King getting third on the line.

Josh Bates made a good start to win a shared heat four before Pedersen won his second heat of the night. Adam Ellis followed his partner from the gate but was passed by Barker and then a two-in-one race followed with Ellis just getting the verdict.

This put Poole four ahead but Bates and King took a virtually untroubled maximum to bring the scores back level.

Kasprzak and Harris repeated the dose in the next to put Bees ahead for the first time.

There was incident in heat eight for after a false start, Pedersen was excluded for a technical infringement and penalised fifteen metres. Ellis won the rerun from Bates with Roynon holding out Pedersen for three laps before losing out. This left the halfway score at25-23 to Bees.

It was Pedersen again, winning heat nine with partner Brady Kurtz holding second after Barker’s outside charge on the first turn failed. This now put Poole two ahead.

Holder won a shared heat ten before Kasprzak and Barker took a 4-2 to put Bees back ahead. Pedersen was yet again to the fore winning heat ten and with partner Perks in third, the lead had changed again.

Poole gated in heat thirteen but Bees came from the back to take a 4-2 and bring the scores back level.

King won heat fourteen but with Bates a faller, the points were shared and left everything depending on the final race. Bees put in Kasprzak and King while the visitors opted to give Pedersen a seventh ride to partner Holder. Many fans thought this was a wrong move as all of Pedersen’s previous points had come against Bees lower order.

As it was Poole made the start but superb knowledge of the Rugby turn saw the Bees pair come out of turn two ahead and comfortably take the four points needed for a victory many Bees fans thought unlikely before the match started.

This was a good effort with Bees top three supported by a good performance from Bates. Barker has also settled in well and must give Bees management a headache when Garrity is fit again.

Bees’ scorers: Kasprzak 13(1), King 10(3), Bates 8, Harris 7(1), Barker 5(1), Roynon 4, Bellego 0.

European Championships

Krzysztof Kasprzak took second place in the first round of this championship held at a wet Gustrow track in Germany. Kasprzak came second in the qualifying heats and would probably topped the list but for an exclusion in his final race after Emil Sayfutinov had taken a tumble. This would have given him an automatic final place but the race was never run due to the conditions. The positions in the qualifiers determined the placings and Kasprzak was second behind Janusz Kolodziej.

Stars of tomorrow

Storm rider Liam Carr won this event held at Berwick on Saturday night. After heading the qualifiers he beat Danny Ayres, Jye Etheridge and Tobias Tomsen to take the trophy.

British 125 cc Final

Bees’ mascots the Thompson twins Dan and Joe scooped the awards in this event which took place in the second half of the Berwick meeting. Dan headed the qualifiers with Joe in third. In the final Dan won from Joe with Jordan Palin in third.

Preview

Bees have another exciting home match in prospect on Friday when Belle Vue are the visitors. Earlier in the year Bees scraped home by 46-43 so the Aces led by former Bees skipper Scott Nicholls will be out for revenge. Other riders in the aces side are Craig Cook and Matej Zagar. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Storm should be in action at the Isle of Wight on Thursday evening in a National League fixture.

Alan Goodman.