SPEEDWAY: By Alan Goodman

Alan Goodman
Alan Goodman

News from Coventry Bees and Storm

Coventry Buildbase Bees consolidated their position at the top of the Elite League with a hard fought win over King’s Lynn Stars.

One of the largest crowds of the season saw Bees renowned comeback powers tested to the full after they overcame an early six point deficit to take three league points.

Coventry 48

King’s Lynn 42

Apart from Aaron Summers guesting for the injured Stuart Robson both teams fielded their full line-ups for this contest that was vital in deciding the play off places.

It was not the best of starts for Bees as the visiting pair of Niels Kristian Iversen and Nicklas Porsing led out of a tight first turn. Chris Harris managed to get into second place at the end of the first lap but Summers, who was boxed in entering the first turn, could make no headway.

It was worse for the Bees usually reliable reserve pairing in heat two. With the visitors making the start Jason Garrity managed to get in to second place. After a mistake on lap two the visitors regained the advantage and to make things worse James Sarjeant came down when avoiding more trouble. Garrity regained second only to fall on the last lap and was left to push home for a solitary point.

Bees pulled two points back in the next after Lynn had again made the start. Danny King used the outside line to go from third into the lead on the third lap. Hans Andersen was struggling but was slightly fortunate to take third place after Vaclav Milik had fallen on the final lap.

Joonas Kylmakorpi won a shared heat four before an exciting heat five saw Garrity snatch victory on the line from Lewis Kerr. With Summers taking third there was now just two points in it.

It was King’s Lynn again in the next when Iversen and Milik outgated King and Kylmakorpi for maximum points.

Andersen led heat seven but was overtaken by Kenneth Bjerre at the end of the first lap. Harris retained the balance by passing Robert Lambert on the third lap for a share of the race points.

There were slight track problems which was causing some of the falls so extensive grading took place before heat eight.

This seemed to work for Bees and at the restart Kylmakorpi led from the start with Garrity joining him out of turn two for a maximum which put Bees just two behind at the halfway stage.

Garrity just held off Lambert to win heat nine but with Summers falling, no heat advantage was gained.

Bees finally went ahead in heat ten. Andersen led from the start with King riding a good race to keep out Iversen.

The lead was increased in the next when Harris team rode Garrity home over Milik. Bees now led by 36-30 with four heats to go.

King’s Lynn were not giving up and made the start to the reserves heat twelve. Garrity was soon into second but the lead was reduced to four points.

Andersen gated in heat eleven and Harris went into the lead out of turn two. Hopes of another maximum were soon dashed as Andersen was passed first by Iversen and then lost out Milik on the final lap.

Bees needed a result out of heat fourteen and Kylmakorpi obliged with King, despite a good effort to pass Bjerre, taking third.

Heat fifteen saw Kylmakorpi make the start, only to be overtaken by Iversen on the first lap. A mistake by Milik on lap let in Harris for a share of the points and make the final score 48-42 to Bees.

This was a good entertaining meeting and good teamwork by Bees saw them through. Garrity again top scored with fourteen from six rides.

Bees’ scorers: Garrity 14(1), Kylmakorpi 11, Harris 9(3), King 7(1), Andersen 6, Summers 1, Sarjeant 0.


Chris Harris will be hoping to improve on his Grand Prix ranking position when he takes part in the Danish Grand Prix on Saturday. This meeting has been moved from its traditional Vojens home to the Horsens Arena where a temporary track is being installed for the occasion. This track will be new to all competitors, so some interesting racing is in prospect.

With this taking place there is no Elite League action this week.

Storm however, have a busy weekend. On Saturday they ride at Stoke while on Sunday there is a double header meeting against Stoke and King’s Lynn.

Storm has signed Mark Baseby to replace the resting Luke Crang. With three matches in two days he will have ample chance to prove himself. Sunday’s meeting starts at 2pm.

On Friday there is Sidecar Speedway which starts at 7.30pm.

Alan Goodman