Thursday July 04, 2024
BIRMINGHAM suffered another bad night on the road with a 57-33 defeat at King’s Lynn on Thursday.

Without No.1 Freddie Lindgren, the Curtis Sport Brummies were second best at the Adrian Flux Arena with the home side doing far better in covering for their own absent No.1 Tobiasz Musielak, and they very much dominated the race wins.

Brummies provided just two victories on the night, one from Justin Sedgmen in the early stages, and the second with a superb ride by Piotr Pawlicki in Heat 15 showing just what the Polish star is capable of.

King’s Lynn opened the meeting with three 4-2s in the first four races, with Sedgmen grabbing a sole success for the Brummies in Heat 3.

Benjamin Basso, Patryk Wojdylo and Jan Kvech were the early winners for the Stars, whilst Anders Rowe passed Leon Flint for third place in Heat 4.

Brummies conceded a 5-1 in Heat 5 to go ten points down, and there were more problems in Heat 6 when Pawlicki fell on the third bend enabling Ben Cook to come through for third place.

Wiktor Lampart made a sharp start to lead Heat 7, but he was rounded by Kvech at the end of the first lap as the home side raced into a 28-14 advantage.

With the Brummies tracking two scoreless riders, Heat 8 looked a tough one but Steve Worrall and Flint did manage to share the race behind Basso, Flint moving inside Rowe as their personal battle continued.

Tom Brennan hit the front from the gate in Heat 9, but this time Cook used the inside to good effect as he came through on lap two, with Niels-Kristian Iversen in third place for another Stars 4-2.

And the match was effectively beyond the visitors when Iversen and Basso gated to a 5-1 over Sedgmen and Lampart in
Heat 10 to make it 40-20.

Brennan’s rider replacement outing in Heat 11 turned into a disaster as he shed a chain leaving the start, with Worrall at least splitting Kvech and Wojdylo to prevent a maximum reverse.

But after a shared Heat 12 won by Cook ahead of Sedgmen and Pawlicki, there were yet more problems for Brennan away from the start in the next with another chain breakage, as Kvech and Basso raced clear for another 5-1.

At that stage Brummies were facing the possible concession of 60 points, but Pawlicki chased Wojdylo all the way in Heat 14 with Sedgmen third as a tactical substitute for a 3-3.

And then in Heat 15, where the Stars tracked the unbeaten Basso and the virtually unbeaten Kvech - whose only dropped points had come when he failed to beat the time allowance in Heat 1 – Pawlicki produced a tremendous effort, establishing himself in second place after a competitive opening lap and then making the pass for the lead on his Zielona Gora team-mate Kvech off the final bend.

Brennan added third place over Basso as Brummies finished with a 4-2, but they will look for much better back at Perry Barr on Monday when Oxford are the visitors.

KING’S LYNN 57: Jan Kvech 14, Benjamin Basso 13+2, Ben Cook 12, Patryk Wojdylo 9, Niels-Kristian Iversen 7+2, Anders Rowe 2, Tobiasz Musielak r/r.
BIRMINGHAM 33: Piotr Pawlicki 10, Justin Sedgmen 8+2, Tom Brennan 7, Steve Worrall 5, Wiktor Lampart 2, Leon Flint 1+1, Fredrik Lindgren r/r.

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