BRUMMIES 56 LAKESIDE 38

Wednesday April 24, 2013
BIRMINGHAM kept last places virtually to a minimum with a strong all-round effort to comfortably claim all three points against their depleted visitors.

Already using rider-replacement for injured skipper Davey Watt, Lakeside were reduced to five riders due to the effects of a heavy crash in Heat 2 with Richard Lawson going down under Martin Smolinski’s challenge, and Nico Covatti taking spectacular avoiding action.

Smolinski was disqualified but a shaken Lawson was fit only to score his point in the re-run before withdrawing, which led to a busy night for fellow reserve Robert Mear.

The Hammers started well and were somewhat unfortunate when Peter Karlsson was squeezed out on the back straight of Heat 1, but the challenge of several riders faded during the meeting, Kim Nilsson being an impressive winner of that first race but blowing an engine on the start-line in Heat 8.

Karlsson, though, took the fight to the Brummies for the remainder of the evening, and that meant there was still some fine racing with Jason Doyle outstanding for the home side.

An opening run of 3-3s was only broken by Josh Auty’s late pass on Lewis Bridger for third place in Heat 3, but Doyle teamed up with Chris Harris for the first 5-1 of the night as Piotr Swiderski ground to a halt in Heat 6.

Doyle was involved again two races later, this time with Covatti, to extend the lead to ten points, and Swiderski’s tactical ride was limited to second place by Danny King even though Auty fell on the first bend.

Doyle kept up his winning ways in Heat 10 as Chris Harris salvaged third on the line from Swiderski, but that was nothing compared to the ground Smolinski made up in the next race to stun Karlsson with an inside pass off the final bend.

King was again too good for the tactical ride as he saw off Bridger in Heat 12, and although Karlsson kept the Hammers in the fight for a point with a terrific fourth-bend move on Harris in the next race the Brummies wrapped things up with a 5-1 in Heat 14.
There was confusion before the final heat with the Hammers not nominating their representative alongside Karlsson prior to the time limit expiring. Swiderski eventually emerged to go from the handicap – which gave him a grandstand view of Doyle surging around Karlsson on the second lap to complete a 14-point haul at the end of a convincing Brummies display.

BIRMINGHAM 56
C.Harris 1* 2* 1 2 - - - 6+2
J.Doyle 2 3 3 3 3 - - 14
D.King 3 2 3 3 1 - - 12
J.Auty 1 1* F 3 - - - 5+1
B.Barker 3 1* 1 1* - - - 6+2
M.Smolinski X 2 3 2* - - - 7+1
N.Covatti 3 0 2* 1 - - - 6+1
Team manager: Phil Morris

LAKESIDE 38
P.Karlsson 0 3 3 2 3 2 - 13
K.Nilsson 3 2 R 1 0 - - 6
L.Bridger 0 0 2 4^ 1 - - 7
Rider replacement – Davey Watt
P.Swiderski 2 R 4^ 0 0 R - 6
R.Lawson 1* - - - - - - 1+1
R.Mear 2 1* 1 R 1* 0 0 5+2
Team manager: Neil Vatcher
Referee: Darren Hartley

1 Nilsson, Doyle, Harris, Karlsson, 57.98 (3-3)
2 (re-run) Covatti, Mear, Lawson, Smolinski (exc), 58.81 (6-6)
3 King, Nilsson, Auty, Bridger, 58.89 (10-8)
4 Barker, Swiderski, Mear, Covatti, 59.44 (13-11)
5 Karlsson, King, Auty, Nilsson (ret), 58.57 (16-14)
6 Doyle, Harris, Mear, Swiderski (ret), 59.65 (21-15)
7 (re-run) Karlsson, Smolinski, Barker, Bridger, 59.46 (24-18)
8 Doyle, Covatti, Nilsson, Mear (ret), 59.16 (29-19)
9 King, Swiderski^, Mear, Auty (f), 58.99 (32-24)
10 Doyle, Bridger, Harris, Swiderski, 59.47 (36-26)
11 Smolinski, Karlsson, Barker, Nilsson, 58.27 (40-28)
12 King, Bridger^, Covatti, Mear, 59.07 (44-32)
13 Karlsson, Harris, Barker, Swiderski, 59.77 (47-35)
14 Auty, Smolinski, Bridger, Mear, 59.99 (52-36)
15 Doyle, Karlsson, King, Swiderski, 59.67 (56-38)

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