Thursday July 07, 2011
BIRMINGHAM held on for a narrow victory over local rivals Wolves in a terrific Elite League encounter in front of a good-sized crowd at Perry Barr.

Just as on Monday at Monmore Green, the two sides proved to be well-matched despite being vastly different in terms of configuration, and the Brummies had no answer to an outstanding Freddie Lindgren who scored a deserved 18-point maximum for the visitors.

But the home side certainly deserved their victory, even though their twelve-point lead after Heat 10 was whittled back to one in the end, which meant they had to be content with two Elite League points from the meeting with Wolves taking one.

Claus Vissing was voted Brummies’ Rider of the Night, the Dane recovering well from a crash in Heat 2 which cost his side a 5-1 as he held the advantage comfortably with James Wright.

But Vissing picked himself up to play his part in 5-1s in each of his next three outings as the Brummies picked up a welcome number of heat wins despite the brilliance of Lindgren.

Race of the night was Heat 10 with guest Edward Kennett battling on the outside of Tai Woffinden only to switch for the inside on the last bend and snatch the win – and as he did so, Ulrich Ostergaard also passed Ludvig Lindgren for third place.

At that stage, the Brummies looked good for all three points, but an 8-1 in Heat 11 with Freddie Lindgren scoring double-points brought the visitors right back in touch, and they added two more maximum advantages in Heats 13 and 15 from the Lindgren/Peter Karlsson combination.

That meant Birmingham’s 5-1 from Vissing and Ben Barker in Heat 12 was crucial to the overall outcome, and when skipper Daniel King – who had earlier ridden superbly to beat the double-points Karlsson in Heat 9 – shared the points with Vissing in the penultimate race, the home side had done enough to win on the night.

BIRMINGHAM 48: Daniel King 9+2, Claus Vissing 9+2, Edward Kennett 7, Ulrich Ostergaard 7, Daniel Nermark 7, Ben Barker 6+1, James Wright 3.

WOLVERHAMPTON 47: Fredrik Lindgren 18, Peter Karlsson 11+2, Tai Woffinden 9, Ty Proctor 4+1, Tyson Burmeister 2+1, Ricky Wells 2, Ludvig Lindgren 1+1.

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