Thursday July 08, 2021
BIRMINGHAM resume their Championship league campaign on Friday (7.30) - and boss Laurence Rogers believes his side have got what it takes to win at Redcar.

It's exactly one month since the Brummies last raced following the owners' decision to suspend their season due to financial worries.

But it's all systems go again as they target a second win on the road after their opening night success at Berwick in May.

Friday's Redcar clash sees two sides go head-to-head who have formed a new rivalry over the past month or so.

It all came following various controversial moments which surrounded their Knockout Cup tie - with the rearranged decider now set at Perry Barr for Wednesday, July 21.

But before that there are league points on the line and Rogers reckons his side's eagerness could play a pivotal part.

"They've all missed riding for the Brummies and they all can't wait to get back out there with that big red 'B' on their chest again," Rogers said.

"The boys may not have ridden together for a month but Redcar is kind of the ideal place for us to get going again.

"It was our last away meeting when we faced them in the cup at the beginning of June and we can certainly take a lot of heart from the way we fought back in that meeting.

"We found ourselves 14-points behind after conceding three 5-1s and a 4-2 in the opening four races.
"But we can take a lot from how we finished that meeting, pulling it back so, so close to within two points with three 5-1s of our own in the final five races.

"Redcar lost at home last week as well so it shows they're beatable - and I believe we can go there and win which would certainly upset them.

"They have got a team with some capable riders in it though so we'll have to be at it from the off.

"But as I said the boys are raring to go and it's going to be great to get back to it."

German duo Erik Riss and Valentin Grobauer are both ruled out through injury - 2020 British Champion Rory Schlein and former double British Under-19 Champion Stefan Nielsen step in as guest replacements.

Speedway returns to Perry Barr next Wednesday (July 14, 7.30) with the visit of Scunthorpe and supporters are being urged to buy their tickets in advance once again via with the club still awaiting a decision on whether or not they'll be able to accept walk-up admissions for the final home fixture before 'Freedom Day'.

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

BIRMINGHAM: Chris Harris, Stefan Nielsen, James Shanes, Ashley Morris, Rory Schlein, Paco Castagna, Jack Thomas.

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