PREVIEW: BRUMMIES v BERWICK

Tuesday August 27, 2019
FORMER double title winning skipper Tom Perry returns to Birmingham’s line-up for Wednesday’s home clash with Berwick (7.30).

The 26-year-old re-joined the Brummies earlier this week and is all set for his latest stint with the club.

He’s looking forward to his first appearance back at Perry Barr in the famous yellow and red colours and hopes he can contribute as the side look to get back to winning ways.

“I’ve got some good memories with Birmingham and I’m looking forward to joining them in the Championship,” Perry said.

“It’s been a couple of years now since I rode in that league but I’m looking forward to stretching my legs and seeing whether or not I can still compete at that level.

“Obviously I believe I can but it’s one of those leagues where when you’ve been away for a while, it can be quite difficult to work your way back into it.

“But the Birmingham fans will know I’ll give it 110 per cent and I’ll give it everything I’ve got; hopefully I can come straight in and score some points for the team though.”

Edwards Plumbing Brummies have also been boosted by the news that crowd pleaser Jason Garrity has declared himself fit to ride despite hurting his back in Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle.

And with Paco Castagna absent due to the FIM European Pairs, club bosses have moved to bring in Ellis Perks at No.4.

Perks romped to an 18-point maximum in Sunday’s National League Pairs and was one of Leicester’s standout riders in their win at Perry Barr last week with an 11-point haul.

The meeting also sees the home return of Tobias Thomsen who is another rider back with the Brummies after being released earlier in the campaign.

It promises to be another entertaining clash in the second city with Berwick bringing a handy looking side.

Perry Barr favourite Ben Barker guests at No.1 with former Grand Prix racer Tomas H Jonasson making his debut for the Bandits.

The visitors also include Kevin Doolan, who is the joint track record holder at Perry Barr, as well as teen talent Leon Flint who impressed all during his maiden campaign with the Brummies in last year’s National League.

A reminder that Kids 11 and Under are admitted absolutely FREE on what is a great night out for all the family.

The team pits will be open for supporters to get up close to the riders and their machines between 6.30 and 6.50 with a special page in the official raceday programme dedicated to Perry who will be available for autographs and pictures.

Supporters will again be able to take advantage of the Perry Barr Centre Green Experience. Up to 25 supporters will have the chance to watch three races from the infield.

Tickets to watch Heats 12-14 will be on sale upon entry to the stadium for just £3 per person and will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

There will also be games and activities on the centre green for junior supporters during the interval.

The main event will be followed by six heats of Midland and Southern Development League action as the Birmingham Ductair Electrics Bulls take on the Milton Keynes Knights.

BIRMINGHAM: Adam Ellis, Tobias Thomsen, Tero Aarnio, Ellis Perks, Jason Garrity, Nick Agertoft, Tom Perry.

BERWICK: Ben Barker, Dany Gappmaier, Tomas H Jonasson, Kevin Doolan, Jye Etheridge, Coty Garcia, Leon Flint.

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