Thursday June 03, 2021
BIRMINGHAM will be without German racer Valentin Grobauer for their Knockout Cup trip to Redcar on Friday (7.30).

The 26-year-old crashed on his Edwards Plumbing Brummies debut at Perry Barr on Wednesday - the incident which caused the first leg to be abandoned.

Birmingham trailed 31-23 at the time of the stoppage, but the sport's rules mean their home leg will need to be replayed due to only nine races being completed.

But club captain Chris Harris has challenged his teammates to forget about what happened when they arrive on Teesside and start with a clean slate.

"Of course it was a shame with everything that went on on Wednesday," Harris said.

"But it's gone now, it was a tough one for the team and we have to start again at their place.

"It's my job as captain to get the boys motivated again and pass on as much as I can from my experience.

"They all know what they're doing though and as I said at the start of the season I think we've got a very good team.

"As they showed on Wednesday, Redcar aren't an easy team to come up against but we just need to regroup and go there and give it our best shot."

REDCAR: Charles Wright, Leon Flint, Michael Palm Toft, Jordan Stewart R/R, Jake Allen, James Sarjeant, Jordan Jenkins.

BIRMINGHAM: Chris Harris, Valentin Grobauer R/R, James Shanes, Ashley Morris, Erik Riss, Paco Castagna, Jack Thomas.

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