The first Bees on track action in the Elite Shield 1st leg at Poole saw Chris top score with 13 points as his side , after leading early on in the meeting, go down 56-34.
Chris took the first rider-replacement ride in heat one for the injured KK and raced to an emphatic victory over GP rival Chris Holder and in doing so set the fastest time of the night.
Chris then combined with Danny King in heat 3 for a maximum 5-1 win to put the Bees ahead 12-6.
Heat 6 though saw a very hard first bend with ex-team mate Hans Andersen taking Chris very wide and he was lucky not to crash. Chris recovered and chased and passed Pirates skipper Davey Watt but despite all his efforts couldn’t catch Andersen.
Twelve points down going into heat 11 Chris was given the black and white helmet colour on a tactical ride but spun up coming out of gate 3 and his efforts were not rewarded with any points.
He made no mistake though in heat 13 taking the chequered flag ahead of Chris Holder after a tough battle .
Heat 15 was re-run after the highly impressive debutant Kacper Woryna was dumped into the air fence by Hans Andersen who took his front wheel away on the pits turn. At the time of the stoppage Chris and Holder were having their third ding-dong battle and it looked like being a hat-trick of wins for the Coventry captain. In the re-run Holder shot from the tapes and despite chasing him hard Chris locked up on bend 4 trying to come underneath his rival and lost momentum and had to settle for second spot.
Chris commented, “ It was a good night except for one ride and 13 points was a pleasing start to the season plus the fastest time of the night. I was lucky not to come off when Hans took me out . The big plus point for the Bees though was Kacper who got better each time out and fully deserved to get heat 15. It is early doors as we all get back into racing again and with KK back we will be a match for anyone.”
Poole 56 Coventry 34
BUILDBASE BEES 34: Chris Harris 13, Kacper Woryna 7+1, Danny King 6, Jason Garrity 3, Josh Bates 3, James Sarjeant 2+1, Krzysztof Kasprzak r/r.