Wednesday June 20, 2018
BIRMINGHAM gave one of their best all-round displays of the season to brush aside reigning league champions Belle Vue 53-36 in front of a buoyant Perry Barr crowd.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies’ top order dominated the race wins as they took the flag in 12 out of 15 races, but there were also useful contributions from the lower order against the current league leaders.

The hosts controlled the meeting from the start with Tom Bacon racing clear of former club captain Tom Perry in the opening race, and Brummies gained a 5-1 in Heat 2 with Colts man Paul Bowen putting both wheels off the track on the exit of turn four and being disqualified.

James Shanes raced to wins in Heats 3 and 5, and Callum Walker’s third place in the latter ahead of Ben Woodhull extended the early lead to eight points despite a fall for Danyon Hume in his first ride.

Layne Cupitt crashed out of Heat 6 but the Brummies still gained an advantage as Bowen came to grief in the re-run, and Cupitt responded to partner the effervescent Leon Flint to maximum points in Heat 8.

Shanes produced one of the rides of the night having been out-gated by Jack Smith in Heat 9, before switching inside his rival at the start of the second lap, and that put his side into a 15-point lead.

The visitors had some hope with a shock 5-1 in Heat 10 as Kyle Bickley and Smith held Bacon at bay, but there was never any serious sign that it would be the start of a serious comeback.

Bacon responded by partnering Hume to a 5-1 over ex-Brummies favourites Smith and Perry in Heat 13, but the Colts did prevent further damage in the last two races and Smith spoiled Shanes’s maximum with a fine defensive ride in Heat 15.

Brummies captain Tom Bacon said: “For me that was probably our best team performance of the season.

“It was good to see the likes of Callum, Layne and Arran chipping in and that is always a big help as it takes that bit of extra pressure off us at the top end of the team.

“Belle Vue have got a strong side and have been going well so this was another good win for the team.”

Brummies head to Manchester on Friday for the reverse fixture as they take on the Colts at the National Speedway Stadium (7.30).

BIRMINGHAM 53: James Shanes 14, Danyon Hume 10+1, Leon Flint 10, Tom Bacon 9+1, Callum Walker 4, Arran Butcher 3+2, Layne Cupitt 3+1.

BELLE VUE 36: Kyle Bickley 12, Jack Smith 11+1, Tom Perry 7, Ben Woodhull 3+2, Kean Dicken 2+1, Paul Bowen 1+1, Joe Lawlor R/R.

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