Wednesday September 02, 2015
BIRMINGHAM pulled off a last heat 5-1 to edge a 46-43 thriller against Eastbourne.

On a dramatic and tense evening at Perry Barr in a meeting that had a bit of everything, Adam Ellis and Zach Wajtknecht were the heat 15 heroes to secure a massively important National League victory.

The Surestop Brummies took the lead for the first time in heat five when Wajtknecht and Sam Chapman capitalised on the disqualification Eastbourne's No.1 Bradley Wilson-Dean by securing the first maximum race advantage of the evening.

Ellis was coasting to victory in heat six before a rare mistake saw him slide off and gift the visitors a 5-1 to pull the scores level once again.

Two further advantages for Eastbourne saw them pull three-points clear but another Wajtknecht and Chapman 5-1 put the Perry Barr outfit back in front.

In a hard fought encounter, the Brummies found themselves trailing by a single-point going into the last race, needing a heat advantage to pick up the win.

Ellis made the gate before Wajtknecht pulled off a great move to sneak up the inside of Wilson-Dean to secure a paid maximum for himself as well as one of the most important victories in the history of Birmingham Speedway.

Team manager Graham Drury was delighted with the character shown by his side.

Said Drury: "What a performance from our riders and what a huge result that is.

"You have to give credit to Eastbourne too; they played their part in what was surely one of the best ever adverts for National League speedway.

"The meeting had it all: thrills, spills, twists, turns and more importantly some fantastic racing.

"That win means so much to everyone at Birmingham Speedway and means that we can wrap up the title if we go to Mildenhall on Sunday and come away with at least a draw.

"I also have to give a special mention to all of our track staff who did an excellent job and worked tirelessly to ensure the meeting went ahead. The rain really came down at one stage, but the track rode superbly and what a meeting it was!"

Zach Wajtknecht showed maturity beyond his years once again as he put in a classy performance to pick up a paid maximum.
Adam Ellis picked up three vital heat wins as he raced to double figures once again.

Tom Perry gave it his all in a usual determined display from the skipper including one spectacular blast around the boards in heat 11.
Sam Chapman put in a much improved performance and was involved in two crucial 5-1's for the Brummies.

Jack Smith rode with much more grit than his three points suggest, while Tyler Govier and Adam Kirby both endured tough nights, but their points proved vital in the end result.l

BIRMINGHAM 46: Zach Wajtknecht 14+1, Adam Ellis 11, Tom Perry 9+1, Sam Chapman 6+2, Jack Smith 3, Tyler Govier 2, Adam Kirby 1.

EASTBOURNE 43: Daniel Spiller 10+2, Marc Owen 8+1, Ben Hopwood 8+1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 8, Richard Andrews 5+1, Kelsey Dugard 4+1, Georgie Wood R/R.

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