Thursday March 24, 2011
BIRMINGHAM got their first win of the new Elite League era with a 46-43 thriller over fellow top flight newcomers King's Lynn at Perry Barr.

And whilst the result wasn't enough to secure the aggregate win in the Elite Elevation Trophy, victory on the night was the most important thing after three straight defeats for the new Brummies team.

Polish star Krzysztof Kasprzak showed exactly why he was recruited to be the new Brummies No.1 with a stunning display.

The World Cup winner suffered mechanical trouble in Heat 1 but was then unbeaten as the Brummies secured a welcome win in a last-heat decider.

Maximum points for Lynn in Heat 12 could have been a major blow, and it cut the gap to a single point, but Kasprzak again performed well to lower the colours of the previously unbeaten Kenneth Bjerre in Heat 13.

Brummies looked set to clinch victory with a 5-1 in Heat 14 but Kevin Wolbert was caught out by Mads Korneliussen on the run to the line – although the German must surely have put himself into boss Graham Drury’s thoughts for Monday’s meeting against Poole in front of the Sky cameras at Perry Barr.

With Lynn surprisingly resting top scorer Bjerre from the last race, matters were a little easier for Kasprzak, and he didn’t disappoint with a rapid start to complete his team’s first win of the new season.

BIRMINGHAM 46: Krzysztof Kasprzak 11+1, Daniel King 10, Daniel Nermark 8, Ales Dryml 7+1, Kevin Wolbert 7, Theo Pijper 2+2, Rene Bach 1.

KING’S LYNN 43: Kenneth Bjerre 11, Sam Masters 8+1, Mads Korneliussen 7+2, Niels-Kristian Iversen 5+1, Olly Allen 5, Filip Sitera 4, Tomas Topinka 3+1.

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