Wednesday September 12, 2018
BIRMINGHAM were convincing 52-38 winners in their Inter-League Challenge against Peterborough at Perry Barr.

Certainly, the crowd enjoyed seeing former favourites such as Adam Ellis and Ben Barker back on their old home track, with Ellis underlining his development into a class act since leading their National League title success three years ago.

Ellis rocketed to four successive wins, whilst one of the Brummies’ current crop also impressed as captain for the night James Shanes partnered him to two 5-1s.

The Panthers, who were tracking several guests compared to their regular Championship line-up, were well served by Barker and Paul Starke, but they lacked any great support from their team-mates until Mason Campton found form with two late race wins.

Barker produced the ride of the night, rolling back the years from his time with the Brummies with a spectacular effort to get the better of Jason Garrity in Heat 9.

By that stage the match was well beyond the visitors as three successive 5-1s put Birmingham in control.

Austrian racer Dany Gappmaier impressed on his first visit to Perry Barr, just missing out to Starke in Heat 3 but then heading up a maximum advantage with Garrity in Heat 6.

Brummies extended their lead to 22 points in Heat 11 thanks to a second win for Ricky Wells, replacing Sam Masters who had been ruled out due to visa issues, before a consolation Panthers 5-1 in the next from Barker and Campton as Shanes was just squeezed out.

Garrity was forced to miss his last two rides due to mechanical issues and the Panthers did out-score the hosts over the closing races, with Barker and Starke spoiling Ellis’s maximum hopes with a 5-1 in Heat 15 as both flew around the outside.

Co-promoter David Mason said: “I enjoyed tonight overall.

“I thought there was some decent racing once the track settled down and it was great to see that calibre of rider going around Birmingham again.

“You knew you were going to get entertainment from certain riders in the line-up but even some of the lower averaged riders impressed.

“We’ll be able to take a few thoughts from this into our winter planning for 2019 but for now our attentions turn back to the final weeks of this current season.”

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies now return to their normal level with a must-win trip to Buxton on Sunday as they seek to extend their season in the play-offs.

BIRMINGHAM 52: Adam Ellis 13, Ashley Morris 9+2, Dany Gappmaier 9+1, Ricky Wells 9, James Shanes 7+2, Jason Garrity 5+2.

PETERBOROUGH 38: Ben Barker 13+1, Paul Starke 10+1, Mason Campton 6, Ulrich Ostergaard 6, Jordan Stewart 2+1, Simon Lambert 1.

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