Wednesday August 15, 2007
BRUMMIES advanced to second position in the Premier League table with a comfortable 59-33 win over struggling Berwick.

It was a tremendous night for battling reserve Ben Powell, who was unbeaten from his first four rides and earned himself a thoroughly deserved nomination for Heat 15.

The track staff put in sterling work to provide a raceable surface after the heavy rain of the last two days, and the circuit provided no problems to those who attacked it, improving as the night went on.

Emiliano Sanchez provided plenty of action, going from last to second to partner Powell to a 5-1 in Heat 4 and then getting the better of tactical ride Lee Complin to prevent the Bandits' guest from notching six points in Heat 7.

Brummies then got themsleves onto a run of heat advantages with back-to-back 5-1s in Heats 9 and 10, largely down to fast gating and decisive first turns.

And the Bandits would have been facing a 60-point scoreline against them had not captain Michal Makovsky come to life in the closing stages. The Czech rider first won Heat 13, and then after a Brummies 5-1 from Henrik Moller and Lee Smart in the penultimate race, Makovsky was the winner again in Heat 15.

That race saw Henning Bager pick up a puncture as he exited turn four, and both Powell and Andreas Bergstrom did well to take avoiding action and avert a nasty incident.

BIRMINGHAM: Ben Powell 14+1, Jason Lyons 10, Emiliano Sanchez 9+2, Henrik Moller 8+2, Henning Bager 8+1, Lee Smart 7, Manuel Hauzinger 3+2.

BERWICK: Michal Makovsky 10, Lee Complin 9, Andreas Bergstrom 6, Theo Pijper 5, Stanislaw Burza 2+1, Sam Martin 1, David Meldrum 0.

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