Wednesday October 17, 2018
JAMES Shanes was the star as Birmingham wrapped up their home campaign with victory in their three-team challenge at Perry Barr.

The Edwards Plumbing Brummies got the better of Select sides representing their local rivals to bring the curtain down on the first season under the promotion of David and Peter Mason.

Summer signing Shanes romped to a faultless six-ride 18-point maximum, and he completed it in thrilling style by passing former Brummies captain Tom Perry around the outside in Heat 17.

Perry was also good value for the Wolves Select, showing his expertise of his old home circuit with some clever moves as he and Max Clegg dominated for his side, whilst Drew Kemp and Ben Morley were also big scorers for the Heathens Select.

Morley and Clegg had a fine battle in Heat 11 as they almost completed the race in a dead heat, Morley just getting the verdict on the line, and it was the same outcome when they met in the final heat of the meeting.

Brummies were the most solid quartet on the night with Shanes supported by double-figure returns for Leon Flint and guest Anders Rowe, whilst youngster Dan Gilkes showed plenty of promise despite a heavy first bend crash in Heat 7.

Gilkes fell awkwardly and was then collected by Joe Lawlor, but although both riders thankfully walked away Lawlor was forced to withdraw from the meeting with machine damage.

Gilkes enjoyed a successful end to the meeting by partnering Flint to the only 5-1 of the night in Heat 17, although there was more than a touch of fortune about that result as Kemp ground to a halt on the second lap when holding a clear lead.

Maximum man James Shanes said: “It was a really nice way to round off the season for me with Birmingham.

“I’ve really enjoyed myself since I came here and winning races for them helped boost my confidence through some pretty tough times.

“But the supporters have been brilliant all season long and it was good to see a pretty good turnout for our final home fixture.”

The meeting ended with club captain Mitchell Davey, who was ruled out for the rest of the campaign after an horrific crash in May, completing his first laps of the track in five months as he ponders a comeback in 2019.

Brummies complete their season with a re-arranged National League trip to Buxton on Sunday with Clegg, Perry and Paul Burnett confirmed as guests for their injured riders.

BIRMINGHAM 44: James Shanes 18, Leon Flint 11+2, Anders Rowe 10, Dan Gilkes 5+1.

WOLVES SELECT 34: Max Clegg 14, Tom Perry 13, Tom Woolley 5+4, Sheldon Davies 2+2.

HEATHENS SELECT 30: Ben Morley 15, Drew Kemp 13, Josh Embleton 1+1, Arran Butcher 1, Joe Lawlor 0.

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