SPEEDWAY by Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Buildbase Bees and Coventry Storm

Summer might have come at last but the sun did not shine on Coventry Speedway teams with both teams suffering defeats over the space of three nights.

Bees suffered a heavy defeat at Poole before going down at home two nights later in an exciting match against Belle Vue.

In between these, Storm travelled to the Isle of Wight and went down by 14 points to a team who have returned to the sport after a couple of year’s absence.

Poole 56, Bees 36

Bees were still without Jason Garrity and James Sarjeant and brought in regular replacements, Ben Barker and Adam Roynon. Poole were at full strength.

Chris Holder won the opening race with Krzysztof Kasprzak preferring to ensure Bees took three points by shepherding home Barker instead of chasing Holder.

Poole went ahead in the second through Bjarne Pedersen, still in the reserve spot, with Kacper Woryna riding a good race to keep out Kyle Newman.

Heat three saw Chris Harris excluded for bringing down Hans Andersen. In the restart Andersen and Krzysztof Buczkowski took their second chance and beat Danny King out of the start.

Another Poole 5-1 followed which quickly put Bees into tactical territory. Harris took the ride. At the first attempt Bees were ahead, thanks to some good work by Kasprzak on turn two, before Brady Kurtz fell.

In the rerun Bees again led and Poole’s remaining rider, Buczkowski fell on the last lap. Although he remounted, the referee had already stopped the race giving Bees an 8-0 heat win.

This put Bees just six behind but any hopes of one of their well known comebacks quickly evaporated in the next three races.

Holder won heat seven from King with Josh Bates holding third until a last bend mistake let in Andersen.

Although Bees made the start to heat eight, the home knowledge of turn two saw them both by Bees pair to register a maximum heat win and lead at the halfway stage by 31-19.

Luck was not going Bees way. On a 3-3 in heat nine Bates fell on turn three of the first lap and as now appeared the norm Poole took maximum points in the rerun.

Kasprzak showed his Poole knowledge by taking the lead on the second lap of heat ten to record his first race win of the night. Poole then turned in their seventh max of the night to secure the match points.

Roynon rode a good race to hold second place in heat twelve before Kasprzak won heat thirteen.

King split the home pair in the penultimate race but Bees were 24 points behind.

Kasprzak and Harris gave the score slightly more respectability by winning heat fifteen in similar fashion to the match five days before. This made the final score 56-36 to the Pirates.

Poole was obviously out for revenge after the previous Friday’s defeat and Kasprzak apart, were a far more solid unit than Bees. Kasprzak dropped just the one point in the opening race and perhaps with more selfishness could have won that.

Bees’ scorers: Kasprzak 13(1), Harris 9(1), King, Woryna 5, Roynon 2, Barker 1(1), Bates 1.

Bees 42, Belle Vue 48

Bees had James Sarjeant returning in the reserve berth but the rest of the team was unchanged. Belle Vue were at full strength.

It was a bad start for Bees with the visiting pair of Matej Zagar and Steve Worrall taking an easy 5-1 over Barker and a mechanically troubled Kasprzak.

The Bees reserves brought things back on an even keel after making the start to heat two.

King won a shared heat three before a four-times started heat four saw the visitors lead from the tapes but Bates managed to pass Joe Jacobs on the second lap.

Woryna won heat five but the points were only shared after Barker lost out after a bruising battle with the Worrall twins.

Bees must consider themselves slightly fortunate after King got away with a blatant false start to win heat six. Craig Cook stopped expecting a restart which never came and left Bates to take an unchallenged third.

This brought the scores level and then Kasprzak and Harris took maximum points to put Bees ahead for the first time.

The advantage was short lived as the Worrall twins easily won heat eight to bring things back level at the halfway stage.

Luck was against Bees in heat nine. Barker and Woryna led the race but Barker suffered machine problems on turn two of the final lap. As he slowed up Woryna was caught up in the melee and was passed by Max Fricke so that in a flash a probable home 5-1 was turned into a visiting 4-2.

Belle Vue looked set for a maximum in the next but King managed to pass Steve Worrall on the third lap.

There were more problems for Woryna in the next. Riding closely with Kasprzak, full points looked on the cards before a rash dive by Scott Nicholls brought both riders down. Nicholls was excluded and although Woryna recovered to go in the rerun he could only manage third place.

A home 4-2 brought things back level but more machine problems for Kasprzak in heat thirteen left Harris to fight for second place.

Now two up, Aces clinched the match with an untroubled 5-1 in the penultimate heat.

Heat fifteen was now academic but Harris rode a good race to go from third to first in the space of a lap. With King at the back the final score was 48-42 to the Aces.

For once Bees top end strength let them down. After his previous two matches six points from Kasprzak was not enough and Harris and King have had better nights. One pleasing thing was the top score of eleven by Woryna especially after his nasty heat eleven tumble.

Bees’ scorers: Woryna 11(1), King 9, Harris 7(1), Kasprzak 6, Sarjeant 5, Bates 3, Barker 1.

Isle of Wight 52, Storm 38

Storm had George Piper at reserve but otherwise were at full strength.

Isle of Wight opened with a 5-1 before hitting trouble in heat two when their riders collided on turn two. Tyler Govier recovered to win the rerun but Nick Phillips was taken to hospital with arm injuries.

Mitchell Davey lost the lead in heat three, giving the homesters a 4-2 before Liam Carr won a shared heat four.

Wight hit back with a 5-1 and 4-2 to lead by 26-12.

Heat seven was shared before another 4-2, gained after Piper fell for a second time made the halfway score 31-17.

Carr lost the lead to Mark Baseby in a shared heat nine before a home 4-2 increased the lead.

Storm then just about held their own with four of the last five heats shared, the only difference coming in heat fourteen when Storm belatedly took their only heat win of the night by 4-2.

For Storm Davey and Carr were outstanding but Captain Dan Greenwood had a poor night by his standards, registering just four points.

Storm scorers: Liam Carr 13, Mitchell Davey 10, Callum Walker 4(2), Dan Greenwood 4, Conor Dwyer 3(1), George Piper 2(1), Ryan Terry-Daley 2.


With the World Team Cup taking over the next week there is no action at Brandon on Friday. Bees are, however, at Wolverhampton on Monday (August 1) the Wolves have a strong side led by Fredrik Lindgren and also include former Bees Joonas Kylmakorpi and Kyle Howarth,

Bees’ outstanding home fixture against Swindon has now been arranged for Monday, August 8.

Alan Goodman