BRUMMIES 55 COVENTRY 37

Wednesday April 03, 2013
MARTIN Smolinski’s remarkable Easter points bonanza continued as Birmingham gave a powerful all-round display to complete the double over their local rivals.

Smolinski, fresh from scoring paid-20 at Brandon on Good Friday, reeled off a five-ride paid maximum with his confidence there for all to see as he re-passed current GP rider Krzysztof Kasprzak in Heat 15 to make sure of his full house.

Brummies were dominant in terms of race winners, limiting the Bees to just three all night, and it was the middle of the meeting which provided the decisive moments. The home side were two points up after Heat 5, and the last four races were shared – but in the six in between, there was only one team in the contest.

After Kasprzak had got the better of Chris Harris in Heat 1, Coventry looked set to make a positive start, but they were left to rue a fall for Mateusz Szczepaniak in Heat 3. The Pole had been holding a 5-1 position with fellow countryman Grzegorz Zengota, but the re-run saw Danny King and Josh Auty take charge to put the Brummies ahead for the first time.

The next 5-1, in Heat 8, saw a spectacular turn two effort from Jason Doyle and Nico Covatti to go either side of a mid-track Michal Szczepaniak – but that was nothing compared to the first lap efforts of Doyle and Harris in Heat 10 to get the better of Szczepaniak’s brother into turn three.

Coventry’s tactical rides also proved unsuccessful with King outpacing Scott Nicholls to win Heat 9, whilst Heat 11 saw Kasprzak outdone by Smolinski and Ben Barker who, like Doyle, recovered from a slow start to post two race wins.

The second of those came in Heat 13 ahead of the Bees’ big guns after Harris had hit trouble on turn two, and the visitors’ only real consolation in the closing stages was a smart ride by Zengota to hold King at bay in Heat 12, the Brummies skipper having moved past Joe Screen midway through the race.

With the points in the bag, the last two heats were a matter of Smolinski applying the finishing touch – and with form like this, it seems inconceivable that the German will still be at reserve come the beginning of May.

ELITE LEAGUE
Total points: Birmingham 3 Coventry 0

BIRMINGHAM 55
C.Harris 2 3 2* 0 - - - 7+1
J.Doyle R 1 3 3 - - - 7
D.King 3 3 3 2 1 - - 12
J.Auty 2* 0 1 0 - - - 3+1
B.Barker 0 1 3 3 - - - 7
M.Smolinski 3 3 2* 3 3 - - 14+1
N.Covatti 1 2 2* 0 - - - 5+1
Team manager: Phil Morris

COVENTRY 37
K.Kasprzak 3 2 1^ 2 2 - - 10
A.Summers 1 1* 0 0 - - - 2+1
G.Zengota 1 2 0 3 0 - - 6
Ma.Szczepaniak X 0 1 1* - - - 2+1
S.Nicholls 1 2 4^ 1* - - - 8+1
J.Screen 2 0 0 1 - - - 3
Mi.Szczepaniak 0 3 1 2 - - - 6
Team manager: Gary Havelock
Referee: Tony Steele

1 Kasprzak, Harris, Summers, Doyle (ret), 59.38 (2-4)
2 (re-run) Smolinski, Screen, Covatti, Mi.Szczepaniak, 59.16 (6-6)
3 (re-run) King, Auty, Zengota, Ma.Szczepaniak, 59.90 (11-7)
4 Mi.Szczepaniak, Covatti, Nicholls, Barker, 59.83 (13-11)
5 King, Kasprzak, Summers, Auty, 59.22 (16-14)
6 Harris, Nicholls, Doyle, Screen, 59.50 (20-16)
7 Smolinski, Zengota, Barker, Ma.Szczepaniak, 59.13 (24-18)
8 Doyle, Covatti, Mi.Szczepaniak, Summers, 59.66 (29-19)
9 King, Nicholls^, Auty, Screen, 58.73 (33-23)
10 Doyle, Harris, Ma.Szczepaniak, Zengota, 60.23 (38-24)
11 Barker, Smolinski, Kasprzak^, Summers, 60.30 (43-25)
12 Zengota, King, Screen, Covatti, 60.37 (45-29)
13 Barker, Kasprzak, Nicholls, Harris, 60.54 (48-32)
14 Smolinski, Mi.Szczepaniak, Ma.Szczepaniak, Auty, 59.79 (51-35)
15 Smolinski, Kasprzak, King, Zengota, 59.83 (55-37)

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