Thursday September 06, 2012
BIRMINGHAM took another huge step towards the play-offs with a 51-41 victory over King’s Lynn at Perry Barr.

The scores were tied after five races - but the Selco Brummies stepped up a gear midway through the meeting with four 5-1s between heats 6 and 10, which put them well and truly in the driving seat with a fourteen-point lead.

And although King’s Lynn did challenge for a point late on, Birmingham held on to win by ten.

Josh Auty bagged the rider of the night award with a score of 9+2 including two sensational moves from the back in Heats 6 and 10 to join Bjarne Pedersen at the front for maximums.

Ben Barker displayed equally exciting overtaking on his way to 9+3, whilst his middle-order partner Danny King again impressed to add double-figures.

For the second consecutive evening the top two of Pedersen and Ulamek performed well - combining for 16+1 points to create a formidable Brummies main body which saw them over the line and into fourth spot in the Elite League table.

Star man Auty said: “It was a tough meeting tonight - just as tough as at Lynn last night. But the main thing is that the team took the points.

“I was very happy with my night. I rode really good and I was like a different rider compared to last night. I had the bit between my teeth and got a lot of points, so I was over the moon.

“We know the job isn't done yet and we need to pick up some points in the remaining meetings to make sure we get into the play-offs.”

BIRMINGHAM 51: Danny King 11, Ben Barker 9+3, Josh Auty 9+2, Bjarne Pedersen 8+1, Sebastian Ulamek 8, Martin Smolinski 5+1, Nicolas Covatti 1.

KING’S LYNN 41: Niels Kristian Iversen 15+1, Kevin Wolbert 9, Daniel Nermark 8, Mateusz Szczepaniak 5, Jesper B Monberg 2+1, Maciej Janowski 2, Mads Korneliussen R/R.

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