Wednesday April 20, 2022
BIRMINGHAM'S home Championship opener against Berwick was abandoned on Wednesday due to a lack of medical cover in the local area.

It came after Curtis Sport Brummies' rider Josh Auty crashed out of Heat Three and suffered a nasty ankle injury, with medical attention given from the staff present.

It soon became clear a trip to hospital was needed and a replacement ambulance was required - but a six-hour wait was quoted with medics in high demand across Birmingham at the time of the call.

Team boss Laurence Rogers said: "It goes without saying this is another huge blow and it's so frustrating because it was literally taken out of our hands.

"With no medical cover, we're obviously not allowed to continue racing and if we didn't have bad luck lately, we wouldn't have any luck at all.

"I feel so sorry for all the supporters who came tonight because we had a decent crowd in and the racing we saw in the two heats we did get through was great.

"We saw a couple of passes and the Brummies had got an early lead before Josh crashed awkwardly out of bend four.

"We apologise to everyone but I'm sure they'll understand how we're just as frustrated as they are when there was simply no way around it."

Anyone who attended Wednesday's fixture against Berwick will be granted an £8 reduction in admission to a future meeting at Perry Barr in 2022, under the standard BSP Ltd policy for abandoned meetings, on production of their re-admission ticket.

Anyone who was present with an "˜advanced ten' ticket will receive communication from the club in the coming days.

The Curtis Sport Brummies have a quick turnaround and head to Scunthorpe this Friday (April 22, 7.30).

Abandoned after Heat 2 (Medical Cover) - Result does NOT stand

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