SPEEDWAY LIVE: Swindon Robins 51 Coventry Bees 39
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- SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE, BLUNSDON
- Swindon Robins 51 Coventry Bees 39 (final score)
- ROBINS: Rory Schlein (2-3-3-FX) 8; Simon Stead (0-1-2') 3+1; Peter Kildemand (2'-0-3-3-3) 11+1; Jason Doyle (3-2-FX-3-2') 10+1; Troy Batchelor (2-3-3-FX) 8; Nick Morris (FX-1-1) 2; Dawid Lampart (3-1'-3-1-1-FX) 9+1.
- BEES: Chris Harris (3-3-4^-3-FX) 13; Adam Roynon (1-1-0) 2; Edward Kennett (0-2-2-2-1) 7; Kenni Larsen (1-FX-0) 1; Scott Nicholls (3-2-2-2'-1) 10+1; Leigh Lanham (FX-0-1'-0) 1+1; Michal Szczepaniak(2-0-1-2) 5.
The result sends the Robins top of the league
Heat 15: Kildemand, Doyle, Nicholls, Harris FX. 68.55 (51-39).
Harris falls going into the second lap and the Robins duo secure all three points in style.
Heat 14: (re-run x2) Doyle, Szczepaniak, Larsen, Lampart. 69.52 (46-38)
In the second re-staging of heat 14 Lampart and Doyle tangled with the Pole hitting the deck, but by staying down he allowed Doyle to win the re-run.
Lampart goes down after tangling with Morris in heat 14, and stays down after seeing his own man trailing the Bees duo in third
Szczepaniak falls in the first corner of heat 14, all four back
Heat 13: Harris, Nicholls Schlein FX, Batchelor FX. (awarded) (43-35)
Schlein falls again in the re-run as the Bees take a 5-0
The Robins guest will take his place in the re-run
Schlein is up, which is good news. Batchelor is excluded
Batchelor overcooks and hits the fence, and his bike appears to hit Schlein in the head who looks to be out cold.
Power packed heat 13 coming up here, with the Bees' Brits Nicholls and Harris facing Swindon' Aussies Batchelor and Schlein.
Heat 12 (re-run): Kildemand, Kennett, Lampart, Szczepaniak. 68.99 (43-30)
Kennett goes down in the first bend, and with all four called back Kildemand storms to success.
Heat 12 was re-run with all four riders after Kennett went down in turn one
Heat 11: (re-run) Batchelor, Harris (tactical), Morris, Roynon. 68.12 (38-29)
Roynon is taken to hospital after hitting the fence, and in the re-run Batchelor superbly beats Harris who was on a tactical ride.
Roynon off to hospital now. Remember Harris is still on a tactical here
Ambulance on for Roynon here, a young rider who has had a very bad time with injures. Get well soon.
Adam Roynon down, and we are going to have a re-run here. Shame for the Robins, Harris was third at the end of lap one
Harris going for double points here
Heat 10: Schlein, Kennett, Lampart, Larsen. 68.21 (35-24)
Schlein wins from the gate
Heat Nine: (Re-run): Kildemand, Nicholls, Lanham, DoyleFX. 68.33 (31-22)
Kildemand makes a flyer and is pulled back, but wins the re-run with an electric start again. Doyle looks quick but falls while chasing Nicholls.
Peter Kildemand makes a flyer in heat nine and the red lights go on
Heat Eight: Lampart, Stead, Szczepaniak, Roynon. 69.02 (28-19)
Both Robins riders pop out of the gate for an easy win. Great team riding as the Bees don’t get a sniff.
Heat Seven: (re-run) Batchelor, Kennett, Morris, Larsen FX. 68.15 (23-18)
Morris is pushed into the fence by Larsen, and after the Dane is excluded Batchelor passes Kennett for the win.
The youngster is up, and on his way back to the pits. Larsen is excluded
Kenni Larsen loses it on the still very skiddy turn four, and his bike slams into Nick Morris who is thrown into the fence at speed. Paramedics looking at the Aussie now
Grading again, but the track is looking a lot better now
Heat Six: Schlein, Nicholls, Stead, Lanham. 68.24 (19-16)
Schlein wins from the tapes, Stead chases Nicholls up the inside but can’t find a way through.
Heat Five: Harris, Doyle, Roynon, Kildemand. 67.09 (15-14)
Harris takes an easy win, but the track is looking better.
Heat Four: Nicholls, Batchelor, Lampart Szczepaniak. 68.52 (13-10)
Nicholls passes both Batchelor and Lampart to take the win, after the Robins slip up on the troublesome turn four.
Grading over, should be back racing shortly
The track staff are doing some grading now, the riders are struggling to stay on particually in turns three and four
Heat Three : Doyle, Kildemand, Larsen, Kennett. 68.39 (10-7)
The Robins pair win from the gate, but struggle coming out of turn four, which looks especially wet.
The track is looking very greasy here, that shower just before the off causing a few issues
Heat Two: Lampart, Szczepaniak, Lanham FX, Morris FX. 69.37 (5-6)
Morris goes into the corner too fast and hits the fence while Lanham packs up. Lampart eases round to beat Szczepaniak.
Heat One: Harris, Schlein, Roynon, Stead. 66.4 (2-4)
Both Robins make the gate to lead coming out of turn one but are passed by Harris who wins. Roynon and Stead both hit the deck but get upto race it out for the final point.
Right, up at the tapes for heat one. Schlein, Stead, Harris and Roynon. Here we go!!!!!
Robins boss Alun Rossiter up against his former club once again this evening, and is expecting a tough meeting.
“It is certainly going to be tough because they ride Swindon well, and I brought them here and did some good things over the last few years.
“The Bees got a 45-45 draw out of Peterborough which is impressive, so we will have to be at our very best if we are going to take the points.”
Former Robin Scott Nicholls is hoping for a successful return to Blunsdon, he spoke to the Advertiser this week.
"Last year was a very difficult year for me both on and off the track, but I said all the time I was at Swindon that I was enjoying it, and I was,” he said.
“I liked being at Swindon despite the problems we were having, but for whatever reason I just couldn’t get on with the track.
“I think I was a little like Troy Batchelor in that sense, although he has done really well to turn things around now.
“It was hard going in because I was the first rider to go in and replace Leigh Adams, and I was not happy with how I performed.
“But the fans were fantastic and I took it on the chin, and no-one was more frustrated than me about how I performed.
“But I don’t think I have anything to prove to anyone, because I know how good I can be, and there is only one person I need to prove myself to and that is me, because I know what I want to achieve.”
Rory Schlein (centre), is guesting in place of Hans Andersen this evening, while Scott Nicholls (left) will be hoping for a good return to Blunsdon.
All set at Blunsdon for this evening's Elite League match between Swindon and Coventry, things have got a bit wet in the last half an hour, but we are still set to start on time.
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