SPEEDWAY: By Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

Coventry Bees have completed their 2013 team with the loan signing of Grzegorz Zengota from Swindon

The 24-year-old Pole first rode for the Robins in 2010, averaging 5.65.

His 2011 season was wrecked when he broke a femur in a March practice crash. He recovered to appear in the Robin’s final three matches of that season and returned an acceptable average of 5.57.

Bees’ promoter Colin Horton is optimistic that he can improve on that in his spell with the Bees.

The delay in making this final signing was due to an ongoing dispute with Birmingham over Ben Barker. Bees were hoping that the Bees asset would return to fill the number three spot and were insistent that the two had made an agreement at the end of last season.

Barker disputed this and was determined to return for another season with the Brummies. Horton then decided that if he was to go, it would be on a full transfer although Birmingham only wanted a loan. It soon became obvious that Barker did not want to return to Brandon and the two teams have now resumed negotiations.

The Bees 2013 team is: Scott Nicholls (Captain), Krzysztof Kasprzak, Zengota, Aaron Summers, Adam Roynon, Mateusz Szczepaniak and Michal Szczepaniak.

As well as making it a scribe’s worst nightmare there must be worries among fans about the number of Poles in the side, remembering past nightmares, with especially the Pawlicki brothers.

It is, however, understood that all fixtures from Poland, Scandinavia and Britain have to be lodged with a central body and fixture clashes can be reduced if not removed altogether.

There are also changes with the doubling up riders. Instead of two riders sharing a spot, if a rider is required for a Premier League fixture his place will be taken by a guest with a similar average. Two of the Bees’ team are doubling up, Summers again rides for Redcar while Roynon has linked up with Leicester.

Ironically with the problems between the two clubs, the first televised fixture will be between Birmingham and the Bees on Wednesday, March 27.

Bees open their season with the Brandonapolis on Friday, March 15 when a top class field is being assembled. They also plan a meeting on Friday March 22 but nothing as yet is finalised.

The team is now in place but there is one position to be decided and that is of team manager. Reports indicate that an ex-international rider is in the frame as soon as contracts can be settled.

The new Coventry Storm junior team have been admitted to the National League, speedway’s third tier, and open their season with an attractive two-legged tie with Dudley Heathens. The matches take place at Brandon on March 22 and at Monmore Green, where the Heathens share with Wolverhampton, on April 9.

The two sides will be racing for the Travel Plus Trophy, a firm which organise numerous trips to Grand Prix and world Cup meetings abroad.

Admission prices for National League fixtures, which will mainly be run on Fridays of GP weekends, have been announced.

There will be one price of £10 for all adults over 16. Children under 16 will be admitted free. There will be no season tickets for this the first season at this level.