Thursday July 26, 2012
BEN Barker scored a sensational paid maximum to lead Selco Birmingham Brummies to a 54-41 victory over struggling Belle Vue at a sun-soaked Perry Barr.

Birmingham lost reserve Tomasz Piszcz to concussion and neck pains following an horrific Heat 2 spill, before Barker and Danny King combined for 5-1s in Heats 3 and 5 to help their side to an 11-point lead after eight races.

Belle Vue did hit back with Craig Cook and Rory Schlein winning tactical rides for double points in Heats 8 and 10 respectively - but a third maximum from the dynamic Barker-King duo in Heat 9 ensured that the Brummies remained in control.

Skipper King was only defeated in Heat 15 when he suffered bike problems, whilst No.1 Bjarne Pedersen recovered from his poor showing at Eastbourne to score a strong 13 points.

But it was Barker who stole the show, as he romped to a six-ride paid maximum to help Brummies overcome the absence of injured No.5 Sebastian Ulamek and bag their third consecutive home win.

Brummies boss Phil Morris said: "It was a very good win. Belle Vue have been struggling but there was still a job to be done, and we did well.

"It was good that the boys pulled through with only five riders. I think Ben Barker, Danny King and Bjarne Pedersen all stepped up and did a good job to pull us home."

BIRMINGHAM 54: Ben Barker 17+1, Danny King 14+2, Bjarne Pedersen 13, Joe Screen 7+1, Martin Smolinski 3+2, Tomasz Piszcz 0, Sebastian Ulamek R/R.

BELLE VUE 41: Rory Schlein 14+1, Craig Cook 12+1, Renat Gafurov 9, Ales Dryml 4+1, Ty Proctor 2+1, Mark Lemon 0, Artur Mroczka R/R.

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