SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

The season is now coming to a completion and although there have been no honours gained fans at least have the knowledge that there will be racing at Brandon next season in some form or other.

It has not been a good week for beleaguered Coventry Storm.

After it was announced that crowd levels were not sufficient to sustain this standard of racing any hopes of an upsurge of interest were lost with three defeats in two days.

On Thursday they lost in 56-34 a challenge at Swindon against the local Sprockets before two defeats in Friday’s double header leaves them languishing in the lower reaches of the National League table.

Wolverhampton 52, Bees 41

The following Monday, two teams with an end-of-season look about them contested Bees final away match of the season at Wolverhampton. Both captains were absent for various reasons and rider replacement was operated. Bees were also without Jason Garrity, whose season is now over due to more injuries to his arm. Club asset Ben Barker deputised.

Although the hosts had secured a play-off place there were still local bragging rights at stake and Bees took an early lead with a heat one 4-2.

It then went very wrong with Wolves taking four successive maximum heat wins to lead by 22-8.

Chris Harris got it together in heat six and overtook Tai Woffinden for a good win.

Once again it was tactical ride time with Danny King going for double points in heat seven. He did not disappoint and held off early Sam Masters challenges to record a good win.

Wolves, however, were not rattled and three more heat wins virtually settled the match with five heats still to go.

Bees were not going to give up and Harris and King replied with a comfortable maximum in the next.

A home max in the reserves race settled it but Bees still fought on and Harris and Kacper Woryna turned a home 4-2 into a Bees 5-1 in heat thirteen.

King overtook Woffinden for a good penultimate race win before combining with Harris for a final 5-1 to give respectivity to the score, Wolves winning by 52-41.

Considering the circumstances this was a good display by Bees with Harris and King performing well.

Bees’ scorers: Danny King 17(1), Chris Harris 14(1), Kacper Woryna 4(1), Josh Bates 3, Ben Barker 2, James Sarjeant 1.

Storm 43, Isle of Wight 47

Storm was without Dan Greenwood and Mitchell Davey and booked in Tom Perry as a guest and utilised rider/replacement.

This match was dominated by the IOW reserve Nathan Stoneman, whose lightening starting was rewarded by a 21-point maximum.

Despite this Storm kept in contention until the final stages before two maximum heat wins from the visitors gave them the points.

The final race was especially disappointing. At the first attempt to run, Storm looked in with a chance but after the race was called back for an unsatisfactory start, both home riders suffered machine problems.

Although IOW were worth their win, their delaying tactics in enabling Stoneman time to take his seven rides did not go down well with the Storm management.

Storm scorers: Liam Carr 12, Tom Perry 10(1), Ryan Terry Daley 6(2), Callum Walker 6, Conor Dwyer 5(1), Jamie Halder 4(1).

Storm 30, Kent 60

By now the strain of three matches in quick succession was beginning to tell on man and machine and although Storm managed to share six of the first eight heats no advantage was gained and with the visitors taking two maximums the halfway score stood at 30-18 to Kent.

The second half was all Kent and in the second part of the meeting they doubled their first half output to run out 60-30 winners.

After the meeting a disappointed Laurence Rogers singled out guest Tom Perry who gave 100 per cent for the cause.

Storm scorers: Perry 10, Terry-Daley 6, Carr 6, Dwyer 5(1), Walker 3(1), Halder 0.

Preview

Both sides complete their respective League programmes with a double-header meeting on Friday night. First up is Bees against King’s Lynn and this is followed by Storm against Belle Vue Colts. The start time is the usual 7.30pm.

Storm go to Eastbourne on Sunday for the rerun of the match that was rained off a couple of weeks ago.

Coventry will host one more meeting this season and that will be the prestigious Elite League Rider’s Championship on Saturday 8th October.

Alan Goodman