Monday March 21, 2011
BIRMINGHAM continued their warm-up for the Elite League season with a 57-36 defeat at Wolverhampton in the BBC WM Trophy.

Graham Drury’s men, who are preparing for their first season of top flight racing since 1983, were put through their paces at one of the toughest tracks in the country and went down 103-80 on aggregate.

They managed only four race winners throughout the night against a side who have a reputation of making their home circuit a fortress.

Skipper Peter Karlsson rolled back the years for Wolves with a stunning 15-point maximum on his return to the club after a year out on loan to Belle Vue.

Grand Prix star Freddie Lindgren was also good value for his unbeaten 10+2 score from four outings.

Ales Dryml’s 10+2 score for the Brummies on his former home track included a six-point tactical ride win for double points in Heat 8 and reserve Kevin Wolbert won two of his four outings.

Now Birmingham move on with their build-up to next Monday’s Elite League opener with Poole at Perry Barr with a trip to fellow top flight newcomers King’s Lynn in the Elite Elevation Trophy on Wednesday. The return at Perry Barr is the following night.

WOLVERHAMPTON: Peter Karlsson 15, Tai Woffinden 12+2, Freddie Lindgren 10+2, Ludvig Lingren 8+1, Ty Proctor 6+2, Ricky Wells 4, Tyson Burmeister 2+2.

BIRMINGHAM: Ales Dryml 10+2, Danny King 7, Kevin Wolbert 7, Krzysztof Kasprzak 5, Rene Bach 3+1, Daniel Nermark 2, Theo Pijper 2.

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