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Speedway: Scott's craft gives Bees solid return; SPEEDWAY: Last night's re-arranged Elite League action from Ipswich.

Byline: By David Rowe

Ipswich Witches 37

Buildbase Coventry Bees 56

FORMER Ipswich Captain Scott Nicholls made a triumphant return to Foxhall as the Buildbase Bees flexed their Elite League muscles with a comprehensive away win.

Nicholls put on a superb display of track-craft on his old home circuit to lead solid-scoring Bees to victory, overcoming a controversial exclusion for Chris Harris in the ninth race.

Nicholls and Harris controlled the early stages with a string of fast times against an Ipswich side who had been in previously in good form at home, and Nicholls showed real commitment to force his way past Chris Louis and Zibi Suchecki in Heat Five.

With Martin Smolinski riding well throughout and winning Heat Two Louis was Ipswich's only winner in the first eight races as Coventry started in determined mood.

Bees needed to turn their dominance of heat wins in to advantages, and they did so in a stunning Heat Seven as Rory Schlein and Steve Johnston out manoeuvred Robert Miskowiak on the first lap and team-road their way to maximum points. Olly Allen then held a good line to fend off Tobias Kroner to win Heat Eight, and Smolinski extended the Coventry lead to 10 points with a firm dive inside Kim Jansson.

The controversy came in Heat Nine when Louis was taking a tactical ride. Billy Janniro made a good start and held a clear lead as Louis was relegated to the back, but Suchecki came to grief on the third lap as Harris moved inside him. Contact was inevitable but referee Mick Bates failed to punish Sucheki's block on the straight which left Harris with no alternative line, and the official excluded the Build Base Bees man.

Typically, the re-run went in the Witches' favour as an 8-1 slashed the Bees' lead to three points.

But Coventry were not to be denied and they restored a comfortable margin with more good team-riding from skipper Nicholls to Shephard Allen home for a 5- 1 in Heat 11.

Maximum points subsequently followed in the last three races as Bees eased well clear Nicholls supplying the ride of the night to pass Jesper Jensen on the outside after a two lap chase in Heat 13, and then linking with Harris to ensure his full house in the finale.

IPSWIICH: Chris Louis 14, Jesper Jensen 7 + 1, Tobias Kroner 4, Zibi Sucheki 3 +2, Kim Jansson 3 + 1, Marcin Rempala 3 + 1, Robert Miskowiak 3.

COVENTRY: Scott Nicholls 14 + 1, Chris Harris 11 + 1, Rory Schlein 10, Martin Smolinski 9 + 1, Olly Allen 6 + 1, Steve Johnston 5 + 3, Billy Jannero 1.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 13, 2007
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