GARY Havelock was delighted with Coventry Bees’ 47-43 victory over Poole at Brandon last Friday but admits that he is not a fan of last heat deciders, writes Observer speedway reporter Robin Allen.
There was more last minute drama for the Bees following last Monday’s 46-47 defeat at home to King’s Lynn, but this time it went in Bees’ favour as they edged past Poole in another terrific contest.
Danny King, who was finally paraded with the British Championship trophy before the meeting, and Krzysztof Kasprzak won it for the Bees in the final heat after securing a sensational 5-1 over Chris Holder and Bjarne Pedersen to seal a deserved victory.
“I’m delighted with that, the boys rode great,” said Havelock “For Josh Bates to score eight points at No.4, beating Chris Holder and Hans Andersen in one race, was sensational.
“Then with the boys at the end, it reminded me of last year with Danny in the semi-final against Poole when he came off gate four twice in a row, and it was brilliant from Krzysztof as well with the 5-1 to wrap it up.
“The pass he did on Chris Holder earlier was vintage, and it also shows he’s on the right track with his mind especially after the problem he’d had before Heat one.
“I did say to Middlo (Poole manager Neil Middleditch) after about Heat eight that this was going down to the last race, you could just tell. Nearly all of our meetings are last-heat deciders, so it would be nice to have a comfortable win one night!”
Ben Barker retained his place in the Bees line-up while fellow squad member Adam Roynon stepped in at reserve for James Sarjeant, who was injured whilst riding for Ipswich in the Premier League. David Bellego guested in place of Kacper Woryna who was riding in a Polish Under-21 Pairs meeting.
An inspired performance from Josh Bates helped keep Bees afloat in the early stages, as the British Under-21 Champion clocked the two fastest times of the night and took the big scalps of Chris Holder and former Coventry No.1 Hans Andersen in Heat six.
There was drama prior to the re-start of Heat eight with Bjarne Pedersen penalised for returning to the tapes via the infield, but he did retrieve third place from the 15-metre handicap whilst Bates just missed out to Adam Ellis at the front.
Bees clawed level with a 4-2 in Heat 11 as Andersen came to grief on the opening lap, but with Pedersen taking his third win of the night in the second reserves race, guest Ellis Perks secured what looked a vital point by moving inside Bellego.
Coventry stormed back again in Heat 13, levelling the scores with a sublime ride by Krzysztof Kasprzak who chased Holder before diving inside him going into the third bend, and with Harris third ahead of Pedersen it was all-square with two races to go.
King then stepped up to the mark with a trademark Heat 14 effort, quickly getting to the dirt on the outside against Krzysztof Buczkowski and Brady Kurtz, and establishing a clear lead in a race which was awarded after three laps with Bates having fallen.
It was all square going into the final heat, with Holder and Pedersen initially making a better start but King surged around the outside, and as the Poole pair moved wide in an attempt to cover Kasprzak who produced a brilliant inside move to emerge from bend two in second place, and the Bees duo then raced off for the 5-1 the crowd had been desperate for.