BIRMINGHAM 50 NEWCASTLE 39

Wednesday June 24, 2009
BIRMINGHAM added three more points to their Premier League total with victory over Newcastle in another eventful Perry Barr encounter.

The BRC Roofing Brummies were the stronger side but also encountered several falls and mechanical problems, and the Diamonds' two young Danes Kenni Larsen and Rene Bach put on an entertaining show to keep their team in touch.

Birmingham's first setback came in the opening heat when Manuel Hauzinger fell on the second lap, but the Austrian recovered well and was much-improved from his display last week.

A 5-1 from Robert Ksiezak and Ludvig Lindgren in Heat 3 put the Brummies in front, and despite Lindgren's fall in Heat 9 the home side appeared to be coasting when Hauzinger joined Jason Lyons for maximum points in Heat 10.

However, the efforts of Larsen and Bach kept the Diamonds in touch for a point at least, especially when Lyons came to grief on the last bend of Heat 13 when in a comfortable third place.

But in Heat 14 Newcastle's Derek Sneddon was disqualified for unfair riding as he took Richard Sweetman into the home-straight fence at high speed, and although Sweetman did fall he did well to take off plenty of speed before losing contact with his machine.

Sweetman picked himself up to partner Lindgren to a 5-1 in the re-run, and the Brummies were grateful for their 11-point margin because Tomasz Piszcz ground to a halt in the last race when on course for a 5-1 with Lyons.

BIRMINGHAM 50: Jason Lyons 11, Richard Sweetman 9+2, Tomasz Piszcz 9, Ludvig Lindgren 8+1, Robert Ksiezak 7, Manuel Hauzinger 6+1, James Cockle 0.

NEWCASTLE 39: Kenni Larsen 11+1, Rene Bach 10+1, Jason King 5+1, Trent Leverington 4+1, Craig Branney 3+2, Adam McKinna 3, Derek Sneddon 3.

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