BRUMMIES 46 WOLVERHAMPTON 44

Wednesday May 22, 2013
CURRENT form suggested that even the in-form Brummies would struggle to get any change out of Wolverhampton’s awesome Grand Prix spearhead – and as things turned out, the one occasion they did proved crucial.

Freddie Lindgren was unstoppable with a paid-18 maximum, taking an extra ride due to the injury absence of Adam Skornicki, whilst Tai Woffinden delivered a huge statement of intent in Heat 1 by going close to the long-standing Perry Barr track record, set before the change of silencers.

But Woffinden’s colours were lowered by a superb ride from Jason Doyle on the first lap of Heat 11, and that gave the Brummies a vital 4-2 which enabled them to win the match in Heats 12 and 14.

They also required some proactive team management from boss Phil Morris, who handed flying reserve Martin Smolinski a bumper late-match schedule of four rides in succession, and also made the big decision of pulling No.1 Chris Harris out of Heat 13.

Harris had fallen on the last bend of the first race when in third place, and had then been on the receiving end of a 5-1 in Heat 10 when he was unable to land a challenging blow on Lindgren and Ricky Wells, which brought Wolves level in a tense local derby raced in front of a big crowd.

Smolinski duly combined with Danny King in Heat 12 to put the Brummies six points up, but in the next race Doyle’s attempts to repeat his earlier heroics saw him go wide on turn four, putting him under pressure from Lindgren, and when the Swede surged through at the start of the second lap, the Australian fell on the first turn.

With Lindgren and Woffinden easing to a 5-1 in the re-run, and a repeat performance more than likely booked for Heat 15, the Brummies needed more than one hero from the penultimate race.

Nico Covatti was the man to deliver, taking his first ride since way back in Heat 4 and conjuring a flying start to lead, whilst Smolinski took to the outside to surge past Wells on turn four and secure victory for his side.

Wolves duly made their point in Heat 15, limiting the Brummies to two from the night with their own maximum advantage, and they also took some satisfaction from the outcome given Skornicki’s injury, the withdrawal of Ty Proctor after picking up violent lift in Heat 8, and a rare off-night for both of their reserves.

BIRMINGHAM 46
C.Harris F 2 1 - - - - 3
B.Barker 2 1* 3 0 - - - 6+1
D.King 2 2 2 3 0 - - 9
J.Auty 1* 0 1* - - - - 2+2
J.Doyle 2 3 3 X 1 - - 9
M.Smolinski 3 2* 2* 1 2* 1 3 14+3
N.Covatti 0 1* 2* - - - - 3+2
Team manager: Phil Morris

WOLVERHAMPTON 44
T.Woffinden 3 3 2 2* 3 - - 13+1
T.Proctor 1 3 1 1 - - - 6
R.Wells R 1 3 1 1 - - 6
Rider Replacement – Adam Skornicki
F.Lindgren 3 3 3 2* 3 2* - 16+2
L.Lindgren 2 0 0 0 0 - - 2
J.Thorssell 1* 0 0 0 0 - - 1+1
Team manager: Peter Adams
Referee: Chris Durno

1 Woffinden, Barker, Proctor, Harris (f), 56.94 (2-4)
2 Smolinski, L.Lindgren, Thorssell, Covatti, 58.99 (5-7)
3 Proctor, King, Auty, Wells (ret), 58.61 (8-10)
4 F.Lindgren, Doyle, Covatti, Thorssell, 59.07 (11-13)
5 Woffinden, King, Proctor, Auty, 58.24 (13-17)
6 F.Lindgren, Harris, Barker, L.Lindgren, 58.67 (16-20)
7 Doyle, Smolinski, Wells, Thorssell, 59.44 (21-21)
8 (re-run) Barker, Smolinski, Proctor, L.Lindgren, 59.11 (26-22)
9 F.Lindgren, King, Auty, L.Lindgren, 59.14 (29-25)
10 Wells, F.Lindgren, Harris, Barker, 60.17 (30-30)
11 Doyle, Woffinden, Smolinski, Thorssell, 58.58 (34-32)
12 King, Smolinski, Wells,L.Lindgren, 59.04 (39-33)
13 (re-run) F.Lindgren, Woffinden, Smolinski, Doyle (f,exc) (40-38)
14 (re-run) Smolinski, Covatti, Wells, Thorssell (45-49)
15 Woffinden, F.Lindgren, Doyle, King, 59.17 (46-44)

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