SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

Last weekend was not a good weekend on the road for either of Coventry’s teams.

On Friday an under strength Bees side travelled to Belle Vue and were further depleted after a heat eleven clash saw Chris Harris transported to hospital. Fortunately there were no bones broken but severe bruising and tissue damage along with cuts and bruises sees him with a race to get fit for Bees remaining two Elite League matches. He also damaged another new bike.

On Saturday Storm’s meeting at Eastbourne was postponed due to a waterlogged track. This has been arranged for Sunday, September 18th with a 2pm. start.

Belle Vue 59, Bees 34

Bees were always going to be up against it with Krzysztof Kasprzak an absentee due the Grand Prix Challenge taking place the next day. Further problems came with the withdrawal of Josh Bates through illness, the second time in recent weeks. Matt Williamson was called in as a late replacement.

Jason Garrity is one rider who thrives on the new Aces track and led heat one. Unfortunately he had to give second best to home star Matej Zagar on the second lap.

The home reserves took a maximum from heat two and Bees were almost certainly saved from the same fate in heat three when Craig Cook packed up on the final lap when in second place, allowing Danny King and Chris Harris to take a grateful three points.

Belle Vue soon recovered from this and took a 5-1 from the next to lead 17-7 after just four races.

The earliest a tactical ride for double points can be given is heat five and Bees wasted no time in giving Garrity the black and white helmet. He responded well by winning from the start to take the six points required.

He was out again in the next taking a rider replacement ride but could not repeat his previous performance and lost out for third place to Scott Nicholls.

King rode a good race to win heat seven before Garrity got his revenge over Nicholls by winning heat eight.

Despite efforts by the top order riders the bottom end were finding things difficult on the pacy track and at the halfway stage Bees trailed by 30 points to 21.

The Worrall twins took heat nine to increase the lead to thirteen.

Another good ride saw King win a restarted heat ten before any slim hopes of a Bees upset vanished in heat eleven. Harris took a nasty tumble in a turn two coming together with Steve Worrall. The Belle Vue man was excluded but even worse Harris’ night was over after being taken to hospital for a check on further rib damage.

With Bees now down to bare bones two more home maximums followed before King recorded his third win of the night in a shared heat fourteen.

Bees were not dispirited and the night finished up with an excellent final race which once again went against them. King led for three laps only to lose out to both home riders on the last.

Although it was a fairly convincing scoreline, Bees were not dispirited and put up a good show in difficult circumstances and credit must go mainly to the efforts of Garrity and King who both registered double figure scores.

Bees’ scorers; King 14, Garrity 11, Harris 3(1), Williamson 3, Sarjeant 2(1).

Preview

On Monday Bees go to Wolverhampton for their penultimate Elite League match against a side which includes reigning World Champion and Fredrik Lindgren who has just qualified for next year’s competition through the GP Challenge.

Alan Goodman.