Thursday June 30, 2011
BIRMINGHAM were out-gunned by Belle Vue’s star duo of Chris Harris and Rory Schlein as the Aces snatched an away win in the closing stages at Perry Barr.

Harris and Schlein both scored maximums so the match-clinching 5-1 from the pair in the final race did not come as a massive surprise – but the Brummies were left to rue not closing proceedings out earlier.

With the visiting duo in such good form, Birmingham were reduced to four race wins on the night, but each of those came as part of 5-1 race advantages, which enabled them to go 30-24 up after Heat 9.

Ulrich Ostergaard and Claus Vissing were particularly impressive for the Brummies, but the Aces’ fightback began in Heat 11 when reserve Ricky Kling re-passed Kevin Wolbert for third place to reduce the gap to four points.

The next two races were shared with Charlie Gjedde taking an important win over Ben Barker in Heat 12, but the real turning point came in Heat 14.

Schlein always looked a likely winner but the Australian not only rode his own race but also pegged the run of Brummies skipper Daniel King to allow Kling around the outside to join him for a shock 5-1 to level the scores.

With the Brummies struggling for top-end strength on the night, Harris and Schlein got to the front in Heat 15 despite a strong early challenge from Barker, and Birmingham were condemned to their first home Elite League defeat since the end of March.

BIRMINGHAM 43: Claus Vissing 9+1, Ben Barker 9, Ulrich Ostergaard 8+2, Krzysztof Kasprzak 6+1, Daniel Nermark 5+1, Daniel King 4+2, Kevin Wolbert 2+1.

BELLE VUE 47: Chris Harris 15, Rory Schlein 13+2, Charlie Gjedde 7+1, Ricky Kling 7, Patrick Hougaard 4, Craig Cook 1, Dawid Stachyra r/r.

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