Linus stars, but Brummies win

BIRMINGHAM moved a step closer to the Premier League play-offs with an exciting home win over Rye House at Perry Barr Wednesday night.

Birmingham 53 Rye House 41

BIRMINGHAM moved a step closer to the Premier League play-offs with an exciting home win over Rye House at Perry Barr Wednesday night.

The Rockets’ Swedish youngster Linus Sundstrom showed his supreme talent with a series of race wins, but he ran out of consistent support as the strength-in-depth Brummies controlled the meeting.

The home side recovered from an early setback when they conceded maximum points in Heat 1 when skipper Jason Lyons was forced onto borrowed machinery, but the Rockets offered little apart from the combination of Sundstrom and Stefan Ekberg.


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The Swedes kept the visitors in touch with another 5-1 in Heat 5 after the Brummies had moved clear, but Lyons superbly rounded visiting captain Chris Neath on the last bend of Heat 6 for a 5-1 with the back-to-form Justin Sedgmen as Birmingham extended their lead.

Brummies then took full advantage in mid-meeting when Sundstrom was not on track, and 5-1s in both Heats 9 and 10 put them into a commanding 16-point lead before the visitors’ top man was deployed for double points.

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But Richard Sweetman pulled off one of the rides of the season as, when facing an 8-1 reverse, he went between Sundstrom and Ekberg off the last bend and took a sensational win in a blanket finish between all three riders.

Chris Neath then banked six points in Heat 12 as the Rockets fought back, and they remained in contention for a league point when Kyle Newman crashed heavily in Heat 14, although thankfully he appears to have escaped with bruising.

The visitors needed a 5-1 from the last race for a point, but Sweetman was too fast for Sundstrom with Steve Johnston supplying third place.

BIRMINGHAM: Richard Sweetman 13, Steve Johnston 9+2, Justin Sedgmen 8+1, Aaron Summers 8, Jason Lyons 7+2, Klaus Jakobsen 5, Kyle Newman 3+2.

RYE HOUSE: Linus Sundstrom 15+2, Chris Neath 10, Stefan Ekberg 7+1, Kyle Hughes 7, Robbie Kessler 2+1, Paul Starke 0. Jordan Frampton r/r.

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