Wednesday June 20, 2012
BIRMINGHAM moved into the Elite League’s play-off places as they ended the winning run of leaders Poole with a dramatic draw at Wimborne Road.

Selco Brummies became the first team to prevent a Pirates victory in any competition this season – although there was also a sense of what might have been, as they had held a twelve-point lead after Heat 8.

With Josh Auty again in magnificent form at reserve, Martin Smolinski winning two crucial races and Danny King impressive as he celebrated his World Cup call-up, Brummies appeared in control against a Pirates side hampered by the departure of Adrian Miedzinski – although Davey Watt was a brilliant guest for the injured Darcy Ward.

King, Smolinski and Auty all gained excellent race wins over home skipper Chris Holder, Auty’s being especially important as it prevented a six-point tactical ride win from the Grand Prix star after the Brummies had raced to consecutive 5-1s in Heats 7 and 8 to take control of the meeting.

Watt, though, was involved in 5-1s first with Ricky Kling in Heat 10 and then with Dennis Andersson in Heat 13, to bring the Pirates level with two races to go.

Brummies took their chance in Heat 14 with Auty and Sebastian Ulamek riding superbly to pass early leader Sam Masters – but Holder provided the heroics for Poole with a last-bend overtake of Bjarne Pederen in Heat 15 to team up with Watt and ensure a share of the spoils.

Brummies co-boss Phil Morris said: “We should have won that meeting – they came on strong, and credit to them, and there were a few decisions which didn’t quite go in our favour.

“I thought Ben (Barker) was very harshly excluded in Heat 13 and of course Bjarne was away and gone then, so for that to go to a 5-1 against was a kick in the teeth.

“We got the draw and I suppose you have to look at the positives of that, but really I don’t think us or anyone will have a chance like that at Poole.”

POOLE 46: Davey Watt 14+1, Chris Holder 13+1, Dennis Andersson 9, Sam Masters 5+1, Ricky Kling 5+1, Kyle Howarth 0, Todd Kurtz 0.

BIRMINGHAM 46: Josh Auty 12+2, Danny King 9, Martin Smolinski 8, Sebastian Ulamek 6+1, Bjarne Pedersen 6+1, Ben Barker 3+1 Tomasz Piszcz 2+1.

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