Wednesday July 01, 2009
RICHARD Sweetman celebrated his first-ever maximum in British Speedway as the BRC Roofing Brummies romped to an emphatic local derby success at Perry Barr.

Buoyant Brummies are now second in the Premier League table after sweeping Stoke aside with a totally convincing all-round team performance against a side who had previously been in-form.

Every home rider won at least one race, but it was Sweetman's night as he completed five unbeaten rides with victory over Lee Complin and Jason Bunyan in Heat 15.

Potters captain Complin, their most impressive rider by a distance, did have the consolation of denying opposite number Jason Lyons a paid maximum of his own, but there was no doubt that Stoke had been well beaten.

Brummies stormed into an early 17-7 lead, and their only real setback came when ex-Brummies Phil Morris and Lee Smart carded a shock 5-1 in Heat 6 - but they were the only points scored by Morris all evening.

The Potters' tactical rides were neutralised by race wins for Tomasz Piszcz and Lyons in Heats 10 and 11, and consecutive 5-1s in Heats 11, 12 and 13 included some fine team-riding between Robert Ksiezak and James Cockle to keep Klaus Jakobsen at bay.

Stoke reserve Smart, still a Birmingham asset, had a busy night taking seven rides on his old home track, and he impressed in flashes, including a good win in Heat 14 as Complin salvaged third place from Cockle on the line.

But with the remainder of his team bar Complin struggling, it was only ever a matter of the margin of the Brummies' success - with a bumper Perry Barr crowd delighted by their side's current form.

BIRMINGHAM 58: Richard Sweetman 13+2, Jason Lyons 12+1, Ludvig Lindgren 8, Tomasz Piszcz 7+1, Manuel Hauzinger 7, Robert Ksiezak 6+2, James Cockle 5+1.

STOKE 34: Lee Complin 12, Lee Smart 8+1, Jason Bunyan 6, Tom P Madsen 3+1, Phil Morris 3, Klaus Jakobsen 2+1, Jesper Kristiansen R/R.

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