IT was a victory as convincing as the final scoreline suggests as the Buildbase Bees put their recent home frustrations right out of their systems.
True, Belle Vue were not the strongest of opponents - although there was plenty of spirit from most of the visiting riders - but Coventry put in the most solid of displays with Rory Schlein incredibly the lowest scorer with nine, Bees using the rider replacement facility for Morten Risager who was involved as reserve in the Danish Championship.
There were two similarities with the previous home match against the Aces - firstly, Chris Harris collected a paid maximum with 13 paid 15, and secondly Scott Nicholls was beaten in the first race by Simon Stead and then did not drop another point. But with the other four riders all scoirng nine plus varying numbers of bonuses, Bees went through the 60-point barrier for the fourth time this season - although only two of them will now count for anything after the demise of Oxford.
The first race was shared with Stead racing clear of Nicholls early on, but a better indicator of what was to follow came in Heat 2 when Olly Allen took Adam Skornicki wide on the second bend and Martin Smolinski came through on the inside of a congested turn for the first 5-1 of the night.
Schlein was outgated by Kaj Laukkanen in Heat 3 but quickly surged around the Finnish rider on turn two, and Allen did well to hold third place ahead of Joe Screen when he picked up unwanted drive at the end of the third lap and almost hit the fence.
Harris may have scored a maximum but he was still forced into plenty of work from the back, as was demonstrated in Heat 4 when he missed the start from the outside and cut straight back, making it almost three-wide with Smolinski and Kevin Doolan into turn three. In the resulting confusion, Smolinski got out of shape and dropped to the back, but Harris fended off Doolan's attempts to come back around the outside to notch his first win of the night.
Smolinski took the rider replacement ride in Heat 5 and rode a perfect race having out-trapped Stead, who found decent speed on the back straight to get past Schlein in the early stages. The three riders battled closely for the rest of the race, but there were no positional changes as Bees went eight points up.
The lead was extended, though, by Nicholls and Billy Janniro who comfortably took maximum points in Heat 6 over Doolan and Fisher - and that was followed by one of the best races as Harris fought it out with Screen. The Bees man made one overtaking move only to be somewhat surprised when Screen came back around the outside to lead, but Harris continued to work the inside line well and eventually got himself back through for the win.
The Aces were now twelve points down, but even so it seemed a little surprising when Skornicki was given a tactical ride in Heat 8 - and the move conclusively failed when he was squeezed out early on by fast starting from Janniro and Smolinski and in fact was behind team-mate James Wright for the first couple of laps.
Doolan and Fisher tangled awkwardly going into the first bend of Heat 9, fortunately without injury, but although neither rider was excluded they were unable to do anything about Schlein and Smolinski in the re-run, Doolan passing his team-mate on the last lap for third place, and Nicholls was decisive in the early stages of Heat 10 to see off Screen, although Janniro was forced out on this occasion and nearly fell when trying to pass Laukkanen.
Heat 11 was another fine race with Stead missing the start but Skornicki initially hitting the front, only for Allen to make a terrific burst around the outside on turns 3 and 4 to hit the front going into the second lap. Harris wasn't to be denied either and also made it round the Pole for a 5-1 which extended Bees' lead to 24 points.
Some respite for Belle Vue came with Screen and Fisher making good starts in Heat 12 and Smolinski falling as he hastily tried to pass the American. Schlein took a little more time and came around the outside on the second lap, although by this time Screen was too far in front and the Aces had their first heat advantage of the night.
But that was as good as it got for the visitors as Bees ended with three consecutive 5-1s, albeit with a little fortune along the way. Heat 13 saw Nicholls in determined mood as he blocked Stead's outside run which threatened to take him into second place, and with Harris already away and gone on the first lap, Bees moved on to 52 points with two heats to go.
There was a spectacular incident on the second bend of Heat 14 as Skornicki locked up and almost fell right in front of Janniro, who laid his machine down in avoidance just as Skornicki appeared to gather it and then completely lose control, lifting and falling with his bike flying onto the stadium centre. After brief treatment, Skornicki walked off the track and the re-run saw Janniro and Allen collect an unchallenged 5-1 over Laukkanen, who was pinned to the inside early on and never recovered.
The first lap of Heat 15 threatened to spoil Harris's maximum as Stead made the start, only to be chased up the back straight by Nicholls who made a firm passing move into turn three. Nicholls was clear in front but Stead was trying to come back around the outside, and ended up crashing into the fence on turn four, and there was general relief when he too was able to walk away from the incident. The re-run was a far more straightforward affair, Nicholls and Harris going away from Screen on lap one and then winning as they pleased.
An important night's work for the Buildbase Bees to get themselves back on an even keel at home after recent setbacks, and they did a highly efficient job of banking the two Elite League points and virtually ensuring at least the aggregate bonus, as Belle Vue wait and hope for better days to come in the future.