SPEEDWAY: By Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Bees - with a new signing

It had always been hinted that Coventry Buildbase Bees would make changes to the team if necessary. With a shortened league programme of just 28 matches, promoter Mick Horton felt that he could not delay too long and last week saw Joonas Kylmakorpi drafted in to replace the unfortunate Jakub Jamrog, who it was felt had the ability but was not quite ready for Elite League racing. Terms could not be agreed earlier in the season for Kylmakorpi but Horton said that an agreement had now been reached.

Joonas Kylmakorpi

Joonas Kylmakorpi

With little time for preparation his score of paid six was quite creditable and is hopefully the forerunner of big scores to come.

It certainly helped Bees to overcome a mid-match crisis to beat a stubborn Wolverhampton side in a match turning out to be the only meeting ridden in what was a heavily scheduled weekend.

Coventry 52,

Wolverhampton 42

Both sides had to make changes due to injury. Matej Kus came in as a guest for the injured Stuart Robson, while the visitors operated rider replacement for Tobiasz Musielak. Wolverhampton also included a familiar face to Storm fans, Stefan Nielsen, in place of the unavailable Lewis Blackbird.

While Bees were expected to dominate it was Wolverhampton who made the opening move with a 5-1 from Fredrik Lindgren and Ricky Wells after Hans Andersen had been shunted wide on the first turn.

Bees returned the compliment in a restarted heat two. Jason Garrity was an easy winner with James Sarjeant resisting pressure from former Storm rider Stefan Nielsen.

Danny King and Chris Harris outgated Lindgren in heat three for Bees second 5-1.

Veteran Peter Karlsson won a shared heat four after taking the lead out of turn two.

Kus made up for a poor first ride by winning heat five. Wells overtook Garrity on the second lap.

Lindgren made the start to heat six but both King and Joonas Kylmakorpi went by on the second turn.

Karlsson won his second ride in heat seven before Wells capitalised on a Kylmakorpi mistake to take second behind Sarjeant.

At this stage Bees were 30-18 ahead but has been proved so often, Wolverhampton are not a team to be underestimated.

Karlsson took a tactical ride in heat nine for double points. Garrity made the gate but overcooked it on turn two and in doing so impeded partner Kus to let both visitors through for a match changing 8-1 reverse.

The visitors then took two more 4-2’s to leave the score at 35-34 to Bees.

Maximum points were now needed from the reserves race and after a shaky first attempt to run Bees did not disappoint although Garrity had to pass both visitors on turn one to achieve the result required.

Heat thirteen was eventful to say the least. Andersen and Harris gated but Lindgren found a narrow gap to go into second. Unfortunately partner Jacob Thorssell crashed out on the next turn to force a rerun. In the restart Lindgren again tried his second turn move but with no success. Then to the dismay of the visiting fans he fell on the next turn when under no pressure. The race was again stopped leaving the Bees pair to ride unopposed for a 5-0 heat win and ensure victory for Bees.

King used the outside line in the penultimate race to inflict the first defeat of the night on Karlsson before the Swede got his revenge in the final race. A Wolves 4-2 left the final score at 50-42 to Bees.

As is usually the case between these two local rivals it was a thoroughly entertaining meeting with the star of the night being 45-year-old Karlsson who registered 20 points.

For Bees their reserves once again easily outscored their counterparts while Kylmakorpi registered paid six on his debut.

Bees’ scorers: Harris 10(2), Sarjeant 10(1), King 8(1), Andersen 7(1), Garrity 6(1), Kylmakorpi 5(1), Kus 4.

Bomber’s Big Bang

This meeting was postponed in the morning after a track inspection by referee Chris Durno. The organisers are now looking at a July date for a possible restaging.

Wolverhampton v Coventry

Inclement weather conditions forced this match to be called off just after midday. It will now take place on Monday, April 27.


Bees meet Leicester again for the second time in a fortnight. The Lions are the visitors to Brandon on Friday with the return at Leicester on Saturday.

Bees will be hoping for a better result on Saturday after the mauling they suffered last time.

Both meetings start at 7.30pm.

Alan Goodman