Monday June 13, 2011
BIRMINGHAM were again left frustratingly short of a point on their travels as they missed out at the East of England Showground on Monday.

Brummies went down by twelve on the night in what was a highly entertaining encounter – but boss Graham Drury will be most concerned with the slump in form of No.1 rider Krzysztof Kasprzak.

The Pole, who is the track record holder at Peterborough, could manage only two points from four rides, and with the Brummies only six short of taking an Elite League point from the meeting, the scorechart told the story.

The home side dominated the race wins thanks to Nicki Pedersen, Troy Batchelor and reserve Norbert Kosciuch, but it was a battling Brummies effort under the circumstances, with Daniel Nermark particularly impressive.

Brummies led in the early stages, just as in their previous visit last month, and only really lost ground when they conceded back-to-back 5-1s in Heats 10 and 11.

Key reserve Kosciuch was involved in the second of those, and he also beat Ben Barker when the Brummies star took a tactical ride in the next; whilst skipper Daniel King’s attempt for double points was thwarted by Batchelor in Heat 14.

That left Brummies needing an unlikely 5-1 in the last race to salvage a point, but it was never really on although Nermark had the satisfaction of spoiling Pedersen’s maximum with a good ride to hold back the Danish superstar for second place.

PETERBOROUGH 53: Nicki Pedersen 13, Troy Batchelor 13, Norbert Kosciuch 10+1, Linus Sundstrom 7+1, Krzysztof Buczkowski 7+1, Kacper Gomolski 3+2, Richard Lawson 0

BIRMINGHAM 41: Daniel Nermark 12, Danny King 9, Ben Barker 7, Claus Vissing 6+3, Ulrich Ostergaard 3+1, Krzysztof Kasprzak 2, James Wright 2

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