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Barker takes Brummies to the max!

SPEEDWAY BIRMINGHAM 52 EASTBOURNE 44 Nigel Pearson Ben Barker. brought the house down at Perry Barr with a stunning Heat-15 eort to secure maximum points for Birmingham in last night's clash with Eastbourne.

It was the rst time this season that the Selco Brummies had taken maximum points from a meeting, and it took a terric eort from Barker in the last race to get the better of former team-mate Bjarne Pedersen.

Ben Barker. | Track conditions were clearly to the home side's liking and the racing was the best so far in 2014 with several memorable heats.

Although visiting No.1 Pedersen won the opening race and guest Steve Worrall also took a surprise early success, the Brummies were managing advantages to go alongside their own heat wins.

Two 5-1s in Heats 5 and 6 saw them take full control of the meeting and although Cameron Woodward took Heat 7 for double points, Nico Covatti and Simon Lambert packed in for the minor places.

A superb maximum followed with Barker and Daniel Nermark getting the better of Timo Lahti in a frantic three-rider scrap in Heat 8, and skipper Danny King scythed his way to the front two races later.

"e Eagles lost Finnish star Joonas Kylmakorpi with a knee injury after a rst-ride crash, but that didn't stop them mounting a recovery from 15 points down, as Pedersen won Heat 11 when going for double.

Covatti and Paul Starke looked to have made made things safe in Heat 12 but a shock 5-1 from Woodward and Lewis Blackbird in the penultimate race ensured a nervous nale as the Eagles could still snatch a league point.

When Pedersen and Woodward hit the front the visitors looked set to do just that - but Barker got past both in a spectacular eort, diving inside the Dane going into the last bend for the 3-3 the Brummies needed.

BIRMINGHAM: Ben Barker 12+1, Daniel Nermark 9+1, Paul Starke 8+1, Danny King 8, Nico Covatti 7+1, Nick Morris 5+2, Simon Lambert 3+2. EASTBOURNE: Bjarne Pedersen 14, Cameron Woodward 12+2, Lewis Blackbird 8, Timo Lahti 5, Steve Worrall 4, Joonas Kylmakorpi 1, Daniel Halsey 0.

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Date:May 22, 2014
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