Monday October 22, 2007
WOLVERHAMPTON will defend a 17-point lead at Birmingham on Wednesday after an entertaining first leg of the BBC WM Shield at Monmore Green.

Two 5-1s in the first four races put Wolves in control and they never looked like being threatened for victory on the night - but the Brummies battled hard throughout the meeting to keep the scoreline respectable.

And Graham Drury's side had cause to be thankful for a brilliant display from guest Kenneth Bjerre, who won four of his five outings and displayed real mastery of the circuit.

Bjerre's tussles with Grand Prix newcomer Fredrik Lindgren were the racing highlights of the evening, and just how evenly-matched they were was summed up when they crossed the line together in an epic Heat 15, Bjerre just taking the verdict.

Alongside Lindgren, Kenneth Hansen impressed for Wolves with paid ten at reserve - whilst Brummies skipper Jason Lyons saw his score dented by a fall in Heat 9 when he was challenging Lindgren for the lead.

WOLVES 55: Fredrik Lindgren 13, Peter Karlsson 11, Kenneth Hansen 9+1, Billy Hamill 9, William Lawson 7+2, Chris Kerr 5+3, Nicolai Klindt 1.

BIRMINGHAM 38: Kenneth Bjerre 17, Niels-Kristian Iversen 9, Phil Morris 4+2, Jason Lyons 3, Claus Vissing 2, Shaun Tacey 2, Lee Smart 1+1.

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