SPEEDWAY: By Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Bees and Storm

There was no first team action for Bees this weekend due to the Finnish Grand Prix taking place.

Storm however, were in action on Friday in the second leg of their National League Knock-Out Cup quarter final. Already trailing by fourteen points from the first leg they could make little headway against a strong Kent Kings side and could only draw the match at 45 points all.

Storm 45, Kent Kings 45.

Without skipper Dan Greenwood, Storm operated rider-replacement which unfortunately did not turn out as well as was hoped.

It was obvious from the start that Storm had a difficult task on their hands when the first eight heats were shared.

Storm had had a chance to start eating away the difference in heat six but a second mix-up on the second turn by Martin Knuckey and Luke Crang gave the impressive James Shanes to overtake the Storm pair and keep things on an even keel.

It was, however, Shanes who gave Storm a slight chance when he was excluded after a fall in heat nine, leaving the Storm pair of Darryl Ritchings and Rob Shuttleworth to take maximum points and open up a four point lead.

Storm could not improve on this however and it was back to shared heats until the final when Kent took their own maximum to leave things all square on the night with the King’s moving into the semi-final stage with a 97-83 aggregate score.

Storm definitely missed Greenwood and although rider replacement rides totalled seven, his usual double figure score could well have put them in with a chance.

Visiting skipper Ben Morley scored a fifteen point maximum and completed a good night by taking the Bronze Helmet from Darryl Ritchings.

Storm scorers; Darryl Ritchings 12, Luke Crang 9(3), Martin Knuckey 9(2), Conor Dwyer 8(2), Rob Shuttleworth 6(1), Callum Walker 1(1).

Finnish Grand Prix.

Chris Harris failed to capitalise on his opening round performance when the second round of the 2015 competition took place in Tampere, Finland.

On one of the much maligned temporary tracks, Harris needed his gating boots on, which unfortunately he had not.

On a track where races were virtually decided out of turn two he opened his account with a last place in heat one.

He used turn two to good effect to go from fourth to second in heat seven and a third in heat eleven gave him three points at the halfway stage.

Another three in his remaining races left him in thirteenth place on the night.

In the overall rankings he lies in joint ninth place with Niels Kristian Iversen and Krzysztof Kasprzak.

The next GP takes place on Saturday in Prague and on a permanent track.


After a prolonged break due to Grand Prix meetings, Bees return to action when they take on King’s Lynn at Brandon on Monday.

The Stars have a powerful looking side and could prove stiff opposition for Bees. They have a strong heat leader trio of Niels Kristian Iversen, Rory Schlein and Kenneth Bjerre. Also they have the exciting Robert Lambert who has been clocking up some impressive scores in recent weeks. The meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Bees then visit Swindon the following night.

Storm are also in action when they visit Rye House on Saturday night for a National League fixture.

There is a coach going to this match, leaving the stadium at 12.00 and going to the Speedway museum at Paradise Park, which is near the stadium in the afternoon.

Further details can be obtained by telephoning (01788) 562132.

Alan Goodman