Thursday September 22, 2011
BIRMINGHAM rounded off their home season with a narrow victory over local rivals Coventry in the first leg of the Midland Cup.

It was a night of top-class action which underlined all that has been good about the Brummies’ move into the Elite League this season – and there were never more than two points between the sides.

Both took turns to lead, with Daniel Nermark winning his opening two rides for Birmingham whilst Chris Harris, guesting for his former club Coventry, was in spectacular form after a first-ride engine failure.

There was controversy too, with Bees reserve Nick Morris twice disqualified after clashing with Claus Vissing, whilst Ulrich Ostergaard was clearly unhappy to be thrown out of Heat 6 after a fierce battle with Josh Auty.

Brummies trailed by two points with two heats to go, but James Wright came up with a fast start in Heat 14 and was shepherded home by Ben Barker to turn the meeting back in the home side’s favour.

Harris overhauled Barker to win a thrilling Heat 15, but with Nermark holding onto third place ahead of Auty it meant the Brummies had done enough to win on the night.

BIRMINGHAM 46: Daniel Nermark 10+2, Tai Woffinden 10, Ben Barker 9+1, Daniel King 6+1, Claus Vissing 5, James Wright 4+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 2+1.

COVENTRY 44: Chris Harris 14, Josh Auty 8+2, Olly Allen 7, Cameron Woodward 7, Ryan Fisher 5+2, Nick Morris 3, Emil Sayfutdinov R/R.

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