SPEEDWAY: By Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Bees and Storm

Coventry Speedway has announced that they intend to appeal against the fines imposed by the Speedway Control Bureau after the controversial match against Poole at Brandon on June 1.

The meeting had been hit by rain and the Bees management had asked for a track inspection before heat ten. This was refused and it was decided not to send riders out for that heat. The race was run with just the Poole riders and the meeting then abandoned with the result standing.

Bees were considered to be guilty of withdrawing from the meeting after failing to send out representatives for heat ten.

The club were fined £3,000 with further fines for Gary Havelock, Chris Harris and Joonas Kylmakorpi bringing the total in excess of £4,000.

In a statement last week the club said that it had paid a £1,000 appeal fund to the ACU although it was not expected that the case would be heard immediately.

On track events this week featured solely on a thrilling contest at Lakeside which ended in a 45 all draw.

Lakeside 45

Bees 45

Both teams were at near full strength, the home side having to make changes at reserve.

It was not a good start for Bees with Stuart Robson falling on the first turn and Chris Harris having to lay down to avoid him. Robson could not take part in the rerun or indeed anymore of the meeting, leaving a lot on the shoulders of Jason Garrity. Garrity came in for the rerun and in an eventful race led before a third turn mistake put him out of the running.

He redeemed himself with a good win in the next but James Sarjeant lost out on third to Adam Roynon.

Hans Andersen won a shared heat three before a good 5-1 from Garrity and Kylmakorpi put Bees two ahead.

Mikkel Bech beat the Bees reserves in a shared heat five before Harris passed Edward Kennett to win heat six. With Andersen taking third Bees were now four ahead.

This lead was only temporary as a home 5-1 brought the scores back level in heat seven.

The match had not been without incident and heat eight was run four times before a result was obtained. Two false starts, the first putting Sarjeant on a fifteen point handicap and then a nasty fall for Adam Ellis occurred before home rider Richard Lawson’s win from the gate kept the halfway scores level at 24 each.

Garrity, in his sixth ride of the night combined with Kylmakorpi for maximum points and restore the lead.

Kennett got revenge over Harris in heat ten and with Davey Watt taking third the gap was back to two.

Heat eleven proved costly for Bees. King was in second place between Andreas Jonsson and Mikkel Bech before taking a nasty fall on the third lap. With Andersen at the back the race was awarded 5-1 to Lakeside and put them back ahead.

Lakeside could only track one unfit reserve for heat twelve and Garrity and Sarjeant took advantage and rode to an easy maximum to again regain the lead.

Andersen recovered from two poor rides to take heat thirteen. Harris came in third after losing a battle with Jonsson.

Lakeside took maximum points in heat fourteen to level the scores and line things up for an exciting finale.

Andersen led the race with Harris fighting a losing battle with Jonsson. Bees looked just to have the advantage but a slight error by Andersen on the back straight of the final lap allowed Jonsson to make up ground and take victory by a tyres width and level the scores at 45 each. Bees had the consolation of taking two league points for an away draw.

For Bees, Garrity was the hero, scoring fifteen points from seven rides. The only disappointment was King who could only manage a solitary point.

Bees’ scorers: Garrity 15(1), Andersen 10, Harris 9(1), Kylmakorpi 6(1), Sarjeant 4(3), King 1, Robson 0.

Swedish Grand Prix

After two pointless opening races, Chris Harris finished up with five points which moved him up to eleventh in the overall rankings. With the series halfway through he will now be looking for better results if he is to get an automatic place in next year’s competition.

Once again the meeting was more about the conditions than the actual racing although that improved immensely in the latter stages of the meeting as conditions improved.

Heavy rain during the day caused the start to be put back an hour.

When proceedings got underway it was soon obvious that things were not ideal and the track was bumpy and unpredictable in places.

Harris was out in the opening heat and despite making a good start was caught out by conditions on the first turn and eventually trailed in last.

Another last place in heat six put him at the bottom of the pile.

Heat ten saw him more on the pace and he came from the back to beat Troy Batchelor and pick up his first point.

Conditions were now improving and heat thirteen turned out as by far the best race of the evening.

Harris came out in the next and his never-say-die spirit came to the fore. The first attempt was restarted after Peter Kildemand fell on the first turn after some bunching. It was all four back in the restart and again Kildemand led. A good effort by Harris however, saw him take the lead on turn two and hold out for a good win.

A third place in his final race after a good battle with meeting winner Nicki Pedersen was scant reward for his efforts but a five point reward put him in thirteenth place on the night.

The meeting was won by Pedersen with Tai Woffinden second and Antonio Lindback in third.

At the halfway stage of the series Woffinden still leads the rankings on 80 points with Pedersen second on 71 and Greg Hancock 58. Harris is fourteen points adrift of Maciej Janowski who at present occupies eighth spot, the last of the 2016 automatic places.


Bees are back in action on Friday night when they entertain King’s Lynn in a vital Elite League meeting. While Bees appear to have a play-off place in the bag, the Stars are also in the reckoning and there are usually fireworks when these two sides meet.

Danish star Niels Kristian Iversen leads the sides with fellow Dane Kenneth Bjerre and young English prospect Robert Lambert providing support.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm.