Wednesday March 23, 2011
TOP Polish star Krzysztof Kasprzak reeled off a hat-trick of wins for Birmingham but they suffered a 56-38 defeat at King’s Lynn on Wednesday.

It means Graham Drury’s men have a lot of work to do in Thursday’s second leg of the Elite Elevation Trophy at Perry Barr if they are to overturn the aggregate deficit.

Kasprzak was head and shoulder above his colleagues and also produced the most exciting race of the night when he pipped Danish World Cup winner Niels Kristian Iversen to the post in Heat 15.

But Lynn were the stronger all-round team and Birmingham will be looking for an improvement in their second home meeting of the season as they continue preparations for the Elite League opener with Poole on Monday.

After Daniel Nermark’s win in Heat 6 just eight-points split the sides but King’s Lynn clearly had the greater firepower in their first outing of the season.

Kasprzak and Danny King finished second in their respective tactical rides for Birmingham as Drury tried to perform a damage limitation exercise.

Birmingham will use Rene Bach and Kevin Wolbert as their doubling-up riders in the return instead of Ben Barker and James Wright. Drury will decide on Monday’s line-up after tonight’s meeting.

KING’S LYNN: Niels Kristian Iversen 11+1, Mads Korneliussen 9+1, Tomas Topinka 8+2, Olly Allen 8+1, Filip Sitera 8+1, Kenneth Bjerre 8, Lasse Bjerre 4+3.

BIRMINGHAM: Krzysztof Kasprzak 14, Danny King 9, Daniel Nermark 5, Ben Barker 4, Theo Pijper 3, James Wright 2+1, Ales Dryml 1.

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