Speedway: Damage done by former Bees; SPEEDWAY: Last night's action from Brandon.
Buildbase Bees 41
Lakeside Hammers 49
BRANDON old boys Andreas Jonsson and Joonas Kylmakorpi returned to haunt the Buildbase Bees as the reigning champions slipped to their second home Elite League defeat of the season.
Kylmakorpi, as many had feared pre-meeting, put in a match-winning performance at reserve while Jonsson conjured one of the rides of the season in Heat 13 to put the Hammers completely in the driving seat.
It was clear from the early stages that Bees would be in for another tough battle on their home circuit with the fast-gating Hammers winning three of the first four races and the track offering the Coventry riders little in the way of assistance to pass.
Stan Burza provided Coventry with their sole success in Heat 2, but the alarm bells were ringing two races later when Jonas Davidsson, a rider with much talent but no previous Elite League record around Brandon, charged away from the start backed up by team-mate Ricky Kling for a 5-1 over Simon Stead.
Rory Schlein then produced a stirring ride to head home ex-Bees skipper Jonsson, but Billy Janniro was shuffled out early on by Leigh Lanham - and the Hammers went six points up when Chris Harris was outgated by the Davidsson/Kling combination and could only split the pairing.
Bees required a quick response and managed to fashion a run of 4-2s to level the scores, with Stead changing bikes to good effect to win Heats 7 and 8 - third places being supplied on each occasion by their reserve duo.
Heat 9 was heading for a Bees 5-1 for three laps until Davidsson managed to switch inside Janniro going into the pits bend, but it still brought matters all-square, which remained the case when Jonsson made an electric start to beat Harris for the second time in Heat 10.
Disaster struck, though in the next race, with a vital 5-1 secured by Jonsson and Kylmakorpi who stormed from the start to leave Stead trailing, and Kylmakorpi managed a repeat performance in the next race to quickly find the fast line around the outside and prevent Bees from closing the gap.
But Heat 13 provided what was effectively the killer blow, especially as Bees held a match-levelling 5-1 for over half of its' duration, with Jonsson working overtime to split the pairing of Stead and Harris.
The Swede moved inside Harris at the end of lap three and continued to chase after Stead, surprising the home man with an inside move on the last bend, and Stead fell which handed the Hammers a 4-2 to put them six points clear.
This time there was no escape for the Bees as Kylmakorpi kept up his stunning gating by taking charge of Heat 14, Janniro coming to a stop on borrowed machinery, so the match was lost even before Jonsson wrapped up his fifth win of the night in the last race.
The defeat gives Coventry an unwanted home record of five points dropped already, and it is clear that they need to find the correct balance in terms of conditions which enable the whole of their team to reach their potential - otherwise their play-off hopes will fade away.
BUILDBASE BEES: Rory Schlein 10+2, Chris Harris 10, Stan Burza 9+1, Simon Stead 8, Billy Janniro 3+2, Ben Barker 1, Olly Allen r/r.
LAKESIDE: Andreas Jonsson 17, Joonas Kylmakorpi 15+1, Jonas Davidsson 11, Ricky Kling 5+2, Leigh Lanham 1, Lubos Tomicek 0, Adam Shields r/r.