Tuesday August 15, 2023
BIRMINGHAM boss Stewart Dickson reckons Wednesday's (August 16, 7.30) West Midlands Challenge against a Coventry Bees Select side will give his riders some vital extra track time.

The Curtis Sport Brummies boosted their Cab Direct Championship play-off hopes by claiming maximum points away to Berwick on Saturday and they have key home fixtures coming up against Scunthorpe (August 23) and Plymouth (September 6).

Last Wednesday's surface, in the narrow 46-44 defeat to Redcar, generated some of the racing of the season so far in the Second City and Dickson is hoping his riders will be able to make the most of some bonus laps at this stage of the year.

"It didn't actually suit everyone in the Birmingham team last Wednesday but you're always going to get that," he said.

"If you put a bit more dirt on it like they did, certain riders will embrace that, others won't.

"You'll never please everybody with track set-up but it was certainly great to watch so hopefully we can have something similar for the riders again on Wednesday and keep carrying that forward."

The fight to keep the famous Coventry Bees name in the sport goes on and with their Planning Appeal inquiry taking place next month, a big travelling support is anticipated once again.

Said Dickson: "I know there's a good group of people who continue to battle for the future of Coventry Speedway, to save the stadium at Brandon and bring the sport back to that area.

"Meetings like these can be so, so important for them and the relevant people who will be keeping a close eye on things and it's also a chance for the people of Coventry to show what their team means to them and the city.

"They've assembled another solid Select side for the fixture so it should be a good night of Speedway all round."

Coventry include the likes of Chris Harris and Kyle Howarth alongside Ben Barker who finished third in Monday's 2023 Sports Insure British Final.

Brummies have again booked all-action Aussie Josh Pickering to guest at No.1.

A reminder it’s FREE admission for all children aged 11 and under at Perry Barr in 2023 while Juniors aged 12-16 will be admitted for just £3.

The pits will also be open until 6.45 where riders will be available for photographs and autographs.

Even once the night of enthralling Speedway racing commences, there will be a further opportunity for junior supporters to take part in the interval entertainment on the infield.

Supporters should note that Season Tickets are NOT valid for this fixture, but season ticket holders admission has been set at £15 for both adults and concessions across the board.

Meanwhile, Advanced Five tickets CAN be used.

General admission can be pre-booked in advance via:

Supporters unable to attend can also stream the fixture via ‘Brummies TV’. It costs £11.99 per meeting and supporters can register now via:

CURTIS SPORT BRUMMIES: Josh Pickering, Stefan Nielsen, Troy Batchelor, Alfie Bowtell, Justin Sedgmen, Sam Hagon, Paul Starke.
COVENTRY BEES SELECT: Chris Harris, Jack Smith, Kyle Howarth, Connor Mountain, Ben Barker, Max Perry, Freddy Hodder.

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