Coventry Bees threaten to quit Elite League following row

Coventry's Jason Garrity and Poole's Stuart Robson tangled in heat nine in the slippery conditions at Brandon.
Coventry's Jason Garrity and Poole's Stuart Robson tangled in heat nine in the slippery conditions at Brandon.

Coventry Bees promoter Mick Horton is prepared to pull the club out of the Elite League and put them in the Premier League over a row following the abandoned April meeting against Poole.

The Elite League match was called off after 10 heats and awarded to Poole following heavy rain at Brandon.

But Horton believes the televised meeting should have been abandoned much sooner and wants the match restaged.

"As we stand at the moment we're just very disillusioned," he said.

Poole and Coventry are the Elite
Since the Elite League's creation in 1997, Poole and Coventry have been the most successful sides. Poole have won it six times, while Coventry have won three, twice been runners-up and achieved five more top-three finishes.

"It just can't carry on like this. It was a huge meeting against Poole, the biggest meeting of the season for Coventry Bees. Financially it was a huge loss for the club. It's not right.

"We will fulfil our obligations for this year. We have a contract with Sky. But we're going to review it at the end of the season," he told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

After their riders refused to take part in the 10th heat because of safety concerns at a rain-lashed Brandon, the Bees are calling for an enquiry.

They are currently top of the Elite League, seven points clear of third-placed Poole, who have won the title for the past two years.

Coventry manager Gary Havelock (left) and experienced Finnish rider Joonas Kylmakorpi complained on the night to Peter Clarke, the pits steward at Brandon.
Coventry manager Gary Havelock (left) and the Bees' experienced Finnish rider Joonas Kylmakorpi complained on the night of the Poole meeting to Peter Clarke, the pits steward at Brandon.

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