Wednesday May 22, 2019
ADAM Ellis made a triumphant return to Birmingham as they secured their first win back in full-time professional racing over Edinburgh.

The French born British international, who enjoyed glory with the club in the National League era, quickly felt back at home on a well prepared Perry Barr track and went through the card with a 12-point haul.

He won his opening ride to send the big crowd wild and reeled off four straight wins to keep the home side in front at key stages.

And he said: “It felt really good to be back and it was important for us to win.

“I could tell all the guys were keen to do it because of the tough start they’ve had here, so it was nice to do it.

“The track was good and I felt good, so I’m so pleased to help the boys get the win which means a lot to everyone here.

“All the boys did well, they are a good set of guys and we’re really pleased – roll on Saturday when we go to Leicester!”

But Ellis also had support from reserve with Italian ace Paco Castagna, a fans’ favourite, enjoying a bumper night in the points.

Castagna put his recent performances behind him to provide plenty of scoring power which helped keep the visitors at bay.

Heat 12 was big for the Brummies as Zach Wajktnecht, off the back of two last places, romped to a vital win to leave them with a six-point cushion with only three races remaining.

And when the brilliant Ellis claimed a win in Heat 13 with Ulrich Ostergaard third Birmingham were almost home and dry.

They secured the victory when Castagna won Heat 14 and Ashley Morris joined him for a 5-1 to put the meeting beyond doubt.

Ellis was left out of the last race to enjoy his maximum but just as Birmingham’s celebrations were about to begin Josh Pickering suffered a nasty fall at high speed down the back straight.

He was taken to hospital with severe concussion and the meeting was cut short because of the 10pm curfew.

It took the shine off the end of the night – but Birmingham’s season is finally up and running.

BIRMINGHAM 48: Adam Ellis 12, Paco Castagna 11, Ashley Morris 8+2, Zach Wajtknecht 6, James Shanes 5, Nathan Stoneman 4+1, , Ulrich Ostergaard 2+1.

EDINBURGH 36: Cameron Heeps 9+1, Josh Pickering 8, Justin Sedgmen 5, Ricky Wells 4+1, Joel Anderson 4+1, William Lawson 3+3, Luke Ruddick 3.

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