Speedway: All too easy for dominant Bees.
Coventry Bees 64
YOU can only beat what is put in front of you - and the Buildbase Bees enjoyed the most straightforward of Brandon wins last night to move back into a top two position.
Polish star Robert Miskowiak was the only serious resistance from a dreadfully weak Ipswich side who failed to show the fight they had done in the previous fixture just a fortnight ago.
Bees were straight in control with maximum points in the first two races, both involving Billy Janniro who followed captain Scott Nicholls home in Heat 1 and then created a gap for Steve Johnston by taking Tobias Kroner wide in the next race.
Chris Louis put Ipswich on the board by beating Martin Smolinski to second place in Heat 3 and Miskowiak produced a fast gate to see of Chris Harris in the next.
But the Coventry lead continued to grow rapidly with Smolinski making light work of Louis next time out to take a 5-1 with Rory Schlein in Heat 5.
That led to an early tactical ride for the Witches which paid dividends as Miskowiak netted a six-pointer over Nicholls in the next race, but respite for the Witches was brief.
Billy Janniro and Harris 5-1'd Louis with almost embarrassing ease in Heat 7, and after Kim Jansson had split the Coventry pairing in Heat 8, the clash of the unbeaten riders produced a surprise.
With everyone watching Schlein and Miskowiak, Smolinski upstaged both of them to win as Schlein suffered clutch failure on the third lap.
Another 5-1 over Louis followed in Heat 10 before Jansson again managed to take a second place in the next, moving wide just in time to block the outside run of Janniro.
Schlein recovered from his mechanical trouble to notch his third win of the night as Bees hit the 50-point mark in Heat 12, and Harris and Nicholls took their first of two late maximums in Heat 13.
The penultimate race was the best of the night with Chris Schramm making the start before Janniro rounded the field off turn two and Kroner suddenly shot inside both his team-mate and Smolinski at the end of the first lap.
Miskowiak took a hefty trip into the fence at the first running of Heat 15 and was then comprehensively sandwiched in the re-run as Schlein and Nicholls again romped clear to complete a comprehensive win.
With Swindon also winning conclusively at Reading, and Peterborough dropping a point with a draw at Lakeside, the Robins and the Buildbase Bees are now clearly in pole position for the top two as Coventry prepare for a busy week on the road, with visits to Wolverhampton, Poole and Ipswich.
COVENTRY: Chris Harris 13+1, Scott Nicholls 12+2, Billy Janniro 12+1, Rory Schlein 12, Martin Smolinski 9+2, Steve Johnston 6+3, Olly Allen r/r.
IPSWICH: Robert Miskowiak 13, Chris Louis 6, Kim Jansson 5, Tobias Kroner 3, Chris Schramm 1, Marcin Rempala 1, Jesper B Jensen r/r.
FLYING START ... Billy Janniro