Wednesday June 17, 2009
BIRMINGHAM made a remarkable comeback from eight points down to maintain their unbeaten home Premier League record with victory over Redcar.

Skipper Jason Lyons and Tomasz Piszcz were the BRC Roofing Brummies' last-heat heroes with a 5-1 over Ty Proctor and Gary Havelock after the teams had gone into the last race level.

But the Brummies also owed much for their victory to flying reserve Richard Sweetman, who registered his best score in British speedway with a stunning 15-point haul.

That sort of return seemed wholly unlikely for Sweetman when mechanical trouble put him out of his first two rides, but he hit back to win his next five, which was vital as he was required to take extra outings to cover for the Brummies' middle-order problems.

The home side faced a long haul back when they trailed 23-31 after nine races, but a burst of scoring including two Sweetman wins saw them move into a 37-35 lead.

However, Lyons and Piszcz were shocked by Havelock and Proctor in Heat 13, which put the Bears two points ahead with two races to go.

Sweetman replaced Robert Kseizak in Heat 14 and duly won the race, with James Cockle holding on for a crucial third place ahead of Arlo Bugeja.

With the scores at 42-42, it was left to Lyons and Piszcz to gain revenge for their Heat 13 defeat - and the Brummies' top two did exactly that to send their fans home happy.

BIRMINGHAM 47: Richard Sweetman 15, Jason Lyons 13, Tomasz Piszcz 8+2, Ludvig Lindgren 5+2, James Cockle 3, Robert Ksiezak 2, Manuel Hauzinger 1.

REDCAR 43: Ty Proctor 12, Carl Stonehewer 8, Gary Havelock 6+1, Ben Wilson 6+1, Robbie Kessler 4+2, Arlo Bugeja 4, Benji Compton 3+1.

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