Wednesday September 23, 2009
BIRMINGHAM wrapped up their Premier League campaign with a 55-38 defeat at King’s Lynn on Wednesday evening.

Despite the size of the final winning margin this was still one of the best visiting performances at the Norfolk Arena this season.

In fact the Stars only held a slender 22-20 lead after seven races. This was helped by an excellent 5-1 by Jason Lyons and Jay Herne over Stars wonder boy Darcy Ward in heat 6, and then in the next race Richard Sweetman and Ludvig Lindgren further reduced the gap with a 4-2 over home skipper Tomas Topinka.

King’s Lynn did finally get back in the scoring groove with successive 4-2s and then a further 5-1 in heat 11 put them ten-points ahead.

Back came Birmingham in heat 12 with Lindgren (tactical ride) taking the chequered flag ahead of Jan Graversen and Emiliano Sanchez for a double-point win, but another Stars maximum in heat 13 finally sealed their victory.

In the last two races King’s Lynn finished strongly to make the result look emphatic, but the Brummies will have a chance to gain revenge when they back to Norfolk in a few weeks time for the promotion play-offs.

KING’S LYNN 55: Tomas Topinka 13+1, Jan Graversen 12, Darcy Ward 11+2, Chris Schramm 9+1, Emiliano Sanchez 8+2, Linus Eklof 2+1, Scott Campos 0, Kozza Smith (Rider Replacement)

BIRMINGHAM 38: Ludvig Lindgren 12, Jason Lyons 8, Rusty Harrison 5, Jay Herne 4+1, Richard Sweetman 4+1, Tomas Piszcz 4, Lee Smart 1

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