CS ELITE LEAGUE ROUND UP: Wednesfield go top after round 4

Wednesfield Aces moved to the top of the table after a strong second half saw them hold off a challenge from Poole, while Horspath (Oxford) were dominating in their first win of the series away at Coventry.

There was not much between the two sides at Ashmore Park in the first half, with Poole coming from behind to take the lead, only for an exclusion for Poole’s Australian rider, Ty Geertsen in the final heat of the first half for excessive force, giving Wednesfield some breathing room.

Wednesfield capitalised in the second period and managed to secure more heat advantages over the visitors to seal their second victory in succession at home by 105-90.

Team GB’s Paul Heard topped the Wednesfield scoresheet with 18 points, but all the Aces chipped in, with the top 8 riders all contributing double figures.

Poole’s captain Greg Gluchowski equalled Heard’s score, along with Matiej Ganczarek. Geertsen scored well despite two exclusions.

Over in Coventry, Horspath with clinical, conceding just one heat out of 20 to the home side. Coventry offered some resilience, squaring off 11 of the races, but could not make an impact on the meeting overall.

Action from Coventry v Horspath. Photo by Paul Devine.

Action from Coventry v Horspath. Photo by Paul Devine.

The Hammers got into an early lead with three heat advantages in the first four heats. After that they controlled the meeting in a cool, calm and collected display from the former champions

Michal Sassek and Myke Grimes contributed big scores for Coventry, with 23 and 18 respectively and they were well backed up by Ben Higham bringing in 15.

Horspath’s Mark Carmichael was in fine form, taking three straight wins in his first three rides. He received excellent support from his team mates, with Lewis Osbourne, Lukas Nowacki and debutant Szymon Kowalczyk all getting in the points.

League Table

Elite League table after round four

P W D L For Against plus/minus TOTAL
Wednesfield 3 2 0 1 305 277 28 4
Ipswich 3 2 0 1 291 293 -2 4
Coventry 4 2 0 2 383 397 -14 4
Horspath 2 1 0 1 204 187 17 2
Poole 2 0 0 2 182 211 -29 0