STORM have one foot firmly in the semi-finals of the National League Knockout Cup thanks to a convincing 55-40 win at Buxton.
Luke Crang scored a four-ride paid maximum for the Storm, whose top four on Sunday night were all in consistent race-winning form at the Hi-Edge Raceway in the continued absence of British Under-19 Champion Stefan Nielsen.
Crang formed a dynamic partnership with Oliver Greenwood, with both riders thankfully back from injury and securing 5-1 advantages in all three of their races together.
Skipper James Sarjeant reeled off wins in his first three rides before unluckily spinning out on turn four in Heat 13 when he looked set for a 5-1 with Greenwood, whilst Oliver’s namesake Dan collected impressive wins in his last two outings.
It means the Storm take a 15-point lead into the second leg at Brandon on a date to be confirmed, and they next go into action in the National League at King’s Lynn on Friday.
“It was an excellent job done by the whole team on what was a very rough track.” said manager Laurence Rogers.
“We did ask for it to be graded after two races and that was when we were 10-2 up, but it was a great team performance.
“Olly and Luke were a tremendous opening partnership, Sarj was on it, and Dan was back to his best. It was nice to have most of the team back together and helping each other, and also nice to see the Coventry fans here to support them – it’s very much appreciated.
“I do feel sorry for Martin Knuckey because he put a lot in on a track where he broke his arm two years ago, and he was trying so hard.
“Now we need to get the second leg arranged as soon as we can, because a semi-final against a certain Cradley would be a very nice one!”