Wednesday August 08, 2007
BIRMINGHAM advanced into the Premier League's top three with a 53-42 win over Redcar at Perry Barr - exactly the same scoreline by which they had defeated the Bears in Teesside last month.

It was another night full of excellent racing as the Brummies frequently did their work from the back against a Bears side who improved later in the meeting.

New signing Henning Bager was involved in plenty of action on his debut, endearing himself to the fans as early as Heat 1 when he missed the gate but shot inside Gary Havelock and Byron Bekker on his way out of the second bend.

Emiliano Sanchez produced one of the very best rides seen at Perry Barr this season to pass Chris Kerr and then James Grieves right on the line in Heat 7, and back-to-back 5-1s in Heats 8 and 9 put the Brummies 16 points up.

There was then a Redcar fightback with Havelock making a last-bend pass to win Heat 11 for double points, and the former World Champion then teamed up with an all-action Mathieu Tresarrieu for a 5-1 in Heat 13 to reduce the gap to nine points.

Tresarrieu then took a tactical substitute ride in Heat 14 and when team-mate Kerr gated the Brummies could have been in trouble - but Henrik Moller quickly overtook the Redcar man before Tresarrieu could make up serious ground from his handicap.

Bager and skipper Jason Lyons then rounded things off with a superb 5-1 in the last race as both picked their way past James Grieves during a highly competitive heat.

BIRMINGHAM: Jason Lyons 14, Manuel Hauzinger 10+1, Henning Bager 8+2, Henrik Moller 7+1, Emiliano Sanchez 7, Ben Powell 5+2, Lee Smart 2+2.

REDCAR: Mathieu Tresarrieu 12+1, Gary Havelock 12, James Grieves 11, Jack Hargreaves 5, Chris Kerr 2+2, Byron Bekker 0, Daniel Giffard 0.

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