Tuesday August 16, 2022
BIRMINGHAM renew their rivalry with the Coventry Bees at Perry Barr on Wednesday with a West Midlands Challenge fixture (7.30).

The two have enjoyed many battles down the years with several memorable, keenly contested meetings along the way.

Wednesday sees the Bees make a rare track appearance after a devastating few years for the triple Elite League winners.

They were tragically forced to stop operating at their famous Brandon home when it was closed by property developers after 2016 and only spent one season track sharing with Leicester in the National League in 2018.

While the fight continues to Save The Bees and get Speedway racing back to Brandon, in the meantime their fans will head to the Second City for what promises to be an exciting night of action.

The Curtis Sport Brummies have called upon young British starlet Tom Brennan to lead the line alongside regular Birmingham riders Justin Sedgmen and James Pearson.

Coventry are led by fans’ favourite Chris Harris while former Danish international Hans Andersen is also involved.

Birmingham team boss Laurence Rogers, who also spent a period of his career at Coventry, reckons it will be an interesting contest.

He said: “First and foremost, despite our main fixtures being done and dusted, it’s great that we have been able to extend our season by keeping some racing going during the school holidays.

“It’s a big opportunity for us to spread the word about the Brummies and get people involved with more than one eye now on 2023.

“This Challenge fixture against Coventry should be a belting night of Speedway and I think the two teams have been assembled very evenly.

“As people will know I was involved with the Bees and the Coventry Storm for a number of years and it’s absolutely ridiculous what’s been allowed to happen at Brandon.

“It’s tragic in fact but Jeff Davies and his team refuse to give up the fight and fair play to them.

“While they continue to do everything they can to try and bring Speedway back to Brandon, they’re keeping the name alive by competing in meetings whenever possible and we’re delighted to be welcoming them to Perry Barr.

“It’s a great opportunity for Bees fans to see that famous race jacket on track again, it’s a great opportunity for Brummies fans to get their live Speedway fix and it’s a great opportunity for any newcomers to really try and get hooked and get them ready for next season!”

Birmingham Speedway season ticket holders for 2022 should note that their season tickets will be valid for just ONE of the upcoming challenge fixtures EITHER against Coventry OR Cradley (Wednesday, September 7, 7.30).

If they wish to attend both, then upon production of their season ticket, a reduced admission price will come into play with £10 adults and £8 concessions.

For all other supporters, the usual admission prices of Adults £18, Concessions £15, Students (17-22) £5, Juniors (12-16) £3, and Children 11 and Under Free will apply.

BIRMINGHAM: Tom Brennan, Simon Lambert, James Wright, Broc Nicol, Justin Sedgmen, Lee Complin, James Pearson.

COVENTRY: Chris Harris, Adam Roynon, Connor Mountain, Joe Thompson, Hans Andersen, Luke Crang, Freddy Hodder.

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