19th Oct, 2017

Jason Garrity on form as Coventry Bees beat Belle Vue

Coventry Editorial 25th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

BEES extended their lead at the top of the Elite League table thanks to a 48-42 win over Belle Vue at the Brandon Stadium on Friday night

The home side got off to a perfect start in heat one with Hans Andersen and Stuart Robson getting out the gate ahead of Grand Prix star Matej Zagar for a 5-1.

Gary Havelock’s side looked to have secured a second maximum heat advantage in heat three, until former home favourite Scott Nicholls squeezed underneath Chris Harris on the second bend to limit them to just a 4-2 with the score at 12-6.

The Aces cut the lead to just two points with back-to-back advantages meaning Bees needed to respond in heat six with the threat of Zagar and Nicholls looming.

Joonas Kylmakorpi and Danny King took up the challenge making an excellent start although, King had to defend well against Zagar but safely made it home in second place recording Bees second 5-1 pushing the lead back up to six points.

The best race of the night came in heat nine as home rider Jason Garrity took on newly crowned British Under-21 champion Kyle Howarth. The pair pushed each other hard and it was Garrity who took the win while Robson eased home in third for a 4-2 with the score 31-23.

Garrity was back again in heat 12 with Fast-Track partner James Sarjeant; as the pair blasted home an easy 5-1 taking the lead up to 12 points with three races remaining.

Despite the visitors securing themselves an away point with two heat advantages in the remaining races, a 3-3 in heat 14 secured the win for the home side.

Bees were worthy winners on the night and moved seven points clear at the top of the Elite league ahead of Lakeside’s meeting at Leicester on Saturday.

After the meeting Garrity said: “It’s another good win for us. I didn’t start off the best because I was lacking a bit of power, but I swapped bikes and got two wins so I’m really happy with that.

“If you go out and have a bad first race everyone just picks you up in this team. I knew I had to do something, I had a chat with the boys and some of them have been doing it a lot longer than me, so it’s great to be able to take a bit on board from them.

“Coventry wouldn’t be the same without the fans who come here and support us, that plays a big part in speedway, so a big thanks to all the people who earn money at work and come out to support us, the lads all really appreciate it.

“I’d also like to say a big thanks to Mark Grayson, he spends his life with me as mechanic, and he’s a great guy.”


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