Coventry Buildbase Bees moved five points clear at the top of the Elite League table with a comfortable 53-39 win over Belle Vue at Brandon on Friday.

The win was highlighted by a superb paid maximum from Chris Harris who once again included a number of spectacular passing moves in his night's work. The visitors put in plenty of effort which led to an entertaining meeting for the crowd, with Bees taking some time to move into a clear lead.

They went six points in front with a well-worked Scott Nicholls/Billy Janniro 5-1 in Heat 6, and then Harris brilliantly went between Joe Screen and Kevin Doolan to win Heat 7.

Bees then steadily extended their lead, Harris completing his paid maximum in the last race by passing Simon Stead on the third bend to follow home skipper Scott Nicholls, who only dropped one point.

But there was another injury concern for Olly Allen, making his comeback from a shoulder injury, who crashed into the fence in Heat 14 - and although he was able to walk off the track, he was taken to hospital after the
meeting complaining of neck pain.

Harris said: "I struggled to get one maximum last year and now I've got three already this season, so things are looking good. My bikes are working well, Brian Andersen has done a terrific job with the engines and everything has clicked together.

"It was a shame about Olly again, but hopefully he'll be fit for Monday and we need to get some of the other guys back on form, but overall I couldn't be happier with the way things are going."

 

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