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Speedway: Bees now guaranteed a home run; SPEEDWAY: Last night's Elite League action.

Byline: By David Rowe

Ipswich Witches 41

Coventry Buildbase Bees 52

THEIR winning Elite League run is now 15 matches - and Coventry Buildbase Bees are now guaranteed home advantage in the play-off semi-finals a week on Monday after last night's win at Ipswich.

And if they beat Swindon at Brandon this Monday, top spot in the regular standings will be theirs for the first time since 1988.

This latest success was again built around a solid all-round team effort against an Ipswich side who battled gamely but did not have enough topend fire power to threaten Coventry's position.

Scott Nicholls and Billy Janniro gave Bees an ideal start with maximum points in the first race at Foxhall, and it was a lead they maintained throughout the meeting.

The reserves both overhauled Zibi Suchecki in Heat 2, and Chris Harris produced a brilliant pass on Tobias Kroner to win Heat 3.

Nicholls and Martin Smolinski increased the lead to six in Heat 5, and Harris and Smolinski then went either side of Robert Miskowiak in Heat 7 to give Coventry their second 5-1.

Rory Schlein made it two wins out of three in his rider replacement outing, backed up by Steve Johnston passing an unhappy Kim Jansson for third, and that made the scoreline 29-19 in the visitors favour.

But Coventry's comfortable position was again dented by the dreaded tactical ride and just as on their previous visit in July, it came in a controversial Heat 9.

Chris Louis, riding for double points, was initially shut out by the Bees duo but moved inside Schlein on the second lap and then, as he tried to go past Janniro, the two riders touched and Janniro went down.

Consistent to his usual decision-making standard, referee Paul Carrington ruled Janniro to be at fault and the Witches duly carded an 8-1 in the rerun.

Louis, fortuitously handed a second attempt after a clear jump start, showed a touch of Foxhall class to edge out Smolinksi in Heat 10, but Bees made a big move to victory with an inspired piece of team-riding by captain Nicholls to bring Janniro home ahead of Miskowiak in eleven.

The impressive Schlein won Heat 13 to make the points safe as Nicholls was beaten for the first time in the meeting, but his third place was still enough for Coventry.

There was then a brief fracas involving Janniro and Kroner after the two had collided early in Heat 14, and the German rider gained some consolation by winning the re-run.

Harris blasted from third to first in sensational style to win Heat 15, and although the every-trying Louis pipped Schlein for second on the last lap, it was nowhere near enough to spoil Coventry's night.

IPSWICH: Chris Louis 16+1, Tobias Kroner 8+1, Robert Miskowiak 7+1, Zibi Suchecki 5+1, Marcin Rempala 4, Kim Jannson 1, Jesper Kensen R/R.

COVENTRY: Chris Harris 13+1, Rory Schlein 13, Scott Nicholls 10, Billy Janniro 7+3, Martin Smolinski 7+1, Steve Johnston 2+1, Olly Allen R/R.

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FROM THE FRONT...Scott Nicholls, along with Billy Janniro gave Bees an ideal start
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 7, 2007
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