Wednesday July 07, 2010
BIRMINGHAM got their Premier League campaign back on the right track with a convincing 62-28 win over Redcar at Perry Barr on Wednesday.

It was just the tonic Graham Drury's men needed after their weekend setback at Workington and they showed no mercy to the men from Middlesborough.

Charismatic Aussie ace Steve Johnston dropped just a point from his five outings and Justin Sedgmen topped the scorechart with 13+2 from six races.

The BRC Roofing Brummies got off to the perfect start with three straight 5-1 maximums to fly into a 15-3 lead and there was no way back for the Bears.

Former World Champion Gary Havelock was nominated for double points as early as the fifth race but Sedgmen and Richard Sweetman kept him at bay for a Birmingham 5-1.

And James Grieves took their second tactical ride in Heat 9 – but once again Sweetman and Sedgmen were at their best.

Birmingham skipper Jason Lyons saw his maximum hopes dashed in Heat 13 when he was closed out in the first turn.

And Sweetman went close to a full house in his fifth outing, Heat 15, only to miss out to former Perry Barr favourite Emiliano Sanchez despite a brilliant pass on Grieves late on.

Said skipper Lyons: "It's a good result, we're pleased with the performance and we move on to the next meeting. We have to keep it going from here."

BIRMINGHAM: Justin Sedgmen 13+2, Steve Johnston 13+1, Richard Sweetman 12+1, Jason Lyons 9, Kyle Newman 8+2, Lee Smart 7+2, Aaron Summers R/R.

REDCAR: Emiliano Sanchez 9, James Grieves 6+1, Gary Havelock 5, Ben Wilson 4, Jade Mudgway 3, Tom Perry 1+1, Charles Wright 0.

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