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Hammers defeat overturned

PUBLISHED: 09:37 08 August 2011

- Lakeside Hammers vs Coventry Bees, Elite League Speedway at the Arena Essex Raceway, Purfleet - 06/08/11 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE

- Lakeside Hammers vs Coventry Bees, Elite League Speedway at the Arena Essex Raceway, Purfleet - 06/08/11 - MANDATORY CREDIT: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO - Self billing applies where appropriate - 0845 094 6026 - contact@tgsphoto.co.uk - NO UNPAID USE

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Coventry rider suspended in silencer row

Lakeside Hammers were last night handed the points from their Elite League clash with Coventry.

Following a 48-42 defeat against the Bees on Saturday, Hammers submitted an official protest about three of the silencers used by the visitors.

The complaint followed observations made by the SCB machine examiner and relayed to referee Mr Allan after the seventh heat of the night.

At the end of the meeting, Coventry also decided to make an official complaint about silencers used by three Hammers riders.

Six silencers were then handed over to a nominated SCB official who had them examined by David King.

An official statement said: “One silencer, that belonging to Edward Kennett, was found to have been tampered with and therefore used illegally.

“The points scored by Mr Kennett (15 pts) and those scored by Nick Morris (3 pts) when using Mr Kennett’s motorbike in heat 12 are deducted from the final score.”

As a result, the revised scoreline sees Lakeside awarded a 42-30 victory, while Kennett has been charged with non-compliance of the 2011 speedway regulations and had his registration suspended for seven days.

A Lakeside Hammers club statement said: “The Lakeside Hammers wish to place on record their thanks to the SCB for the swift and forthright manner in which this weekend’s events have been dealt with and to also thank the SCB Licenced Officers involved for their professionalism.

“The gaining of three League points in these circumstances is not something to overly celebrate and we weill be making further press releases midweek addressing the lack of form shown by the team on Saturday night and plans for the next three weeks to keep our play-off hopes alive.

“In closing we wish to record our thanks to the management of Coventry speedway for both their direct personal contact and commendable official statement. The two clubs have always enjoyed a warm relationship and we feel sure that this will continue.”

Lee Richardson (paid 14) and Piotr Swiderski (12), on his return from injury, had double-figure hauls for Hammers on the night, but Peter Ljung and Kim Nilsson had disappointing evenings.


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