Thursday May 31, 2012
BIRMINGHAM made it a maximum seven points for the week with a hard-fought Perry Barr success over Belle Vue.

Selco Brummies were on a high after their win at Coventry on Monday, but bottom club Belle Vue – tracking a host of guest riders – did not arrive to lie down, and there were some nervous moments before the home side reached their target.

With several visiting riders putting up a fight there were some excellent races for a big crowd to enjoy, with their side seeming to take control of the meeting with a 5-1 from the new Danny King/Sebastian Ulamek combination over Aces guest Chris Harris in Heat 5.

That appeared to set the Brummies up well, even though Martin Smolinski crashed in Heat 8, and the lead was extended to twelve points before Belle Vue hit back with tactical ride Harris winning Heat 11 for six points backed up by partner Patrick Hougaard for an 8-1.

Then it was a nervous finale with the ever-trying Tomasz Piszcz falling on the last bend of Heat 12 when battling Adam Roynon for second pace – and Ben Barker superbly won Heat 13 as Bjarne Pedersen was pegged at the back.

Ulamek and Josh Auty secured the win on the night with a Heat 14 5-1, but Brummies required two points from the last race to ensure three league points, and the pressure was on when King suffered engine failure on the first lap. Harris rounded Ulamek midway through the race to take the lead, but the Pole held Hougaard at bay to see the home side through.

Brummies boss Phil Morris said: “I know we got all the points but we shouldn’t really have made such hard work of it, although it’s hard to see why because we had a fair few race winners.

“There are a few things we’ve got to try and work on, it was getting tight with three races to go and there was a bit of a panic that we weren’t going to get all three points. The last race was a bit heart-in-mouth when Danny’s bike went, so there was a bit of bad luck but we should have been further in front.

“In reality we’re happy to get four points at Coventry and three tonight, we’ve got the points on the board, and we need to keep winning our home matches and make them three-pointers.”

SELCO BRUMMIES 50: Danny King 10+1, Sebastian Ulamek 10+1, Josh Auty 10+1, Bjarne Pedersen 7, Ben Barker 7, Martin Smolinski 4, Tomasz Pizcz 2+1.

BELLE VUE 43: Chris Harris 15+1, Patrick Hougaard 10+1, Adam Roynon 7, Ricky Ashworth 6, Ales Dryml 5+2, Linus Eklof 0, Artur Mroczka r/r.

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