Thursday July 28, 2011
BIRMINGHAM slipped to a second successive home defeat as visitors Eastbourne enhanced their play-off chances with an impressive display at Perry Barr.

The Eagles, already using rider-replacement for the injured Simon Gustafsson, then lost Lukas Dryml in a horror crash in Heat 5 but still had the strength in depth to come through with the victory.

Dryml was the unfortunate victim of an incident in front of him involving Daniel Nermark and Bjarne Pedersen. Pedersen’s rider-less machine careered back into the circuit on the back straight, and Dryml had no way of avoiding it and was sent catapulting into the air. After lengthy treatment the Czech was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg, and complaining of back pain.

Brummies were boosted by the return of the effervescent Ben Barker, who took three wins, but there was just not enough support from his colleagues although much of the racing was top-drawer with Eastbourne’s Finnish star Joonas Kylmakorpi making a series of terrific passing moves.

The big shock outcome was a 5-1 to the Eagles in Heat 8 involving their hard-working reserves, and it put them into an advantage which they never looked like losing, despite a superb ride by Brummies skipper Daniel King to pass Pedersen on the final bend of Heat 11.

The home side slipped ten points down when they conceded maximum points in Heat 13, but Barker’s tactical ride was negated by Lewis Bridger in the penultimate heat, and the 5-1 from Barker and Krzysztof Kasprzak in the last race as the Eagles surprisingly rested maximum man Kylmakorpi came as only mild consolation.

BIRMINGHAM 43: Ben Barker 14+1, Krzysztof Kasprzak 7+2, Claus Vissing 7+1, Daniel King 7, Ales Dryml 4, Ulrich Ostergaard 2+1, Daniel Nermark 2.

EASTBOURNE 49: Joonas Kylmakorpi 15, Lewis Bridger 9+1, Cameron Woodward 8+3, Bjarne Pedersen 8+1, Timo Lahti 6+1, Lukas Dryml 3, Simon Gustafsson r/r.

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