WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST: Spot­light on the Brum­mies

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds -

Birm­ing­ham Brum­mies 1 Bjarne Ped­er­sen 2 Martin Smolin­ski 3 Danny King 4 Ben Barker 5 Seb Ulamek 6To­masz Piszcz 7 Josh Auty main man Pan­thers have had a star re­serve rack­ing up the points in the early part of the sea­son – and the same ap­plies to Birm­ing­ham. Josh Auty is the Brum­mies’ an­swer to Michael Jepsen Jensen and wor­ry­ingly for the city men, he’s still rid­ing at re­serve tonight. Auty, who dou­bles up with Scun­thorpe in the Premier League, shone with 13+1 as Birm­ing­ham col­lected their first Elite League win when see­ing off Wolver­hamp­ton last time out. That was his third top­scor­ing per­for­mance of the sea­son so far. Oth­ers TO WATCH Skip­per Danny King re­cently be­came a record Birm­ing­ham sign­ing. The for­mer Pan­thers ace has been bought by the Brum­mies from for­mer own­ers Ip­swich af­ter spend­ing just over a year on loan at Perry Barr. King has formed a classy mid­dle­order part­ner­ship with fel­low Bri­tish ace Ben Barker at Birm­ing­ham. Barker showed his class by beat­ing a world-class field to win the sea­son-open­ing Ben Fund Bo­nanza at Perry Barr. To­masz Piszcz had an in­glo­ri­ous spell in Peter­bor­ough colours back in the mis­er­able 2004 cam­paign. His worst hour was fail­ing to turn up for an Easter dou­ble-header against Coven­try. It turned into a PR dis­as­ter for a club who had axed long-serv­ing num­ber one Ryan Sul­li­van over prob­lems with fix­ture clashes. Cur­rent Grand Prix rider Bjarne Ped­er­sen was Birm­ing­ham’s head­line win­ter cap­ture when ar­riv­ing on a two-year deal from Poole. For­mer GP man and Elite League win­ner Seb Ulamek of Poland and Ger­man Martin Smolin­ski are yet to shine af­ter be­ing drafted back into Bri­tish speed­way by the Brum­mies. TRACK The 292-me­tre Perry Barr cir­cuit is a place where out-and-out racer’s can thrive. It has won rave re­views from riders since be­ing con­structed ahead of the club’s re­turn to speed­way in 2007. re­cent Form Birm­ing­ham have suf­fered home and away Elite League de­feats at the hands of highly-rated Swin­don, but did snatch a con­so­la­tion point in Wilt­shire. Their sole top-flight suc­cess so far this term was a Mid­lands derby vic­tory over Wolver­hamp­ton. v Wolver­hamp­ton (h) .... W50-42 (EL) v Swin­don (h)................. L53-37 (EL) v Swin­don (a) ................. L49-43 (EL) v Coven­try (h)................ L54-38 (ML) v Wolver­hamp­ton (a) .... L51-39 (ML) Key: EL = Elite League, ML = Mid­land League Last Time There PAN­THERS were de­nied a rare away point dur­ing final-heat drama when they vis­ited Perry Barr last Au­gust. Cap­tain Nicki Ped­er­sen and part­ner Troy Batch­e­lor were on course for a 3-3 in the last race to earn a con­so­la­tion point un­til be­ing split by Birm­ing­ham man Daniel Ner­mark on the penul­ti­mate lap. Pan­thers: Nicki Ped­er­sen 15+1, Troy Batch­e­lor 8, Li­nus Sund­strom 6+1, Kacper Go­mol­ski 6, Krzysztof Bucz- kowski 4+1, Nor­bert Kosci­uch 3+1, Richard Law­son 1. Last Win There Apart from last year you have to go right back to 1985 for the last time Pan­thers rode against Birm­ing­ham which was in the Na­tional League (Divi­siontwo). Pan­thers ac­tu­ally won both matches that year and the re­sult at Birm­ing­ham on Septem­ber 22 1985 was Birm­ing­ham 34, Pan­thers 43. Scor­ers were: Birm­ing­ham 34 (P. White 9, P. Evitts 7, R. Wil­son 7, D. Wyer 6, L. Warner 4, I. Stead 1, M. Steven­son 0). Peter­bor­ough 43 (Kevin Hawkins 12, Dave Allen 9, Ian Bar­ney 9, Adrian Hume 9, Keith Blox­some 2, Ian Clark 2, Mick Poole R/R). The home fix­ture against Birm­ing­ham a cou­ple of weeks later on Oc­to­ber 4 pro­duced an his­toric 65-0 win for the Pan­thers. Birm­ing­ham re­fused to ride even af­ter ref­eree John Eglese had ruled the track race­able, and af­ter 13 5-0 races ev­ery Pan­thers rider scored a max­i­mum. And Ian Bar­ney won a draw amongst the Pan­thers to take the sil­ver hel­met which Holder Doug Wyer also for­feited. It was not the great­est night for speed­way and the reper­cus­sions rum­bled on for many years af­ter­wards.

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