October 22nd, 2016

Danny King takes third place in British Speedway Final

BEES rider Danny King secured third place in an action packed British Final at Monmore Green on Monday night, writes Robin Allen.
The meeting started in dramatic fashion with Ben Baker crashing out in the opening race of the night and was taken to hospital for further treatment.

After a lengthy delay, it was Jason Garrity and Chris Harris who were the first Bees’ representatives to take to the track in heat three. And Garrity was the man who made a superb start to win ahead of Grand Prix stars Harris and Tai Woffinden in second and third.

However, the real talking point came in heat six when King fell on the third turn after being passed by Harris. In the rerun, it was the Bees’ captain who came to grief on third bend and despite contact from Kyle Howarth, Harris was excluded from the second re-run leaving Howarth to win with ease ahead of Andre Compton.

Bees rider Garrity was out again in the next race and made it back-to-back wins with yet another fantastic start, leaving Edward Kennett and Adam Roynon in his dust.

In heat 11, King had a hard task ahead of him with seven-time British Champion Scott Nicholls and reining British and former World Champion Woffinden in the same race. And it was Woffinden who showed his class with the win, while King finished second ahead of Nicholls.

Harris and King got back to winning ways in the following two races keeping them in the hunt for a place in the top eight.

And then in heat 14, Richard Lawson got the better of ‘man of the moment’ Garrity for the win leaving the Bees starlet on 11 points from four rides.

However, Bees captain Harris wasn’t having a good night; as he lost out to former team-mate Nicholls in heat 17. That second place for Harris cost him a place in the semi-final, as he lost out to King on count back.

In heat 20 Garrity knew if he could secure second place, he would go straight-through to the final alongside Woffinden. And to the young Brit’s delight, he got second place ahead of his Elite League team-mate King.

King then secured his place in the final, after coming second place behind Craig Cook; who looked super quick out front in the semi-final.

And in the final, it was Cook who hit the front first and was the clear leader when the race was stopped with Garrity falling in the first turn while chasing Woffinden meaning he was excluded. In the rerun Woffinden took his second chance with glee; flying from the start ahead of Cook in second while King settled for third place after struggling to gain ground on the Belle Vue rider.