BRUMMIES OFF TO A FLYING START

April 30th, 2013
The Selco Birmingham Brummies have made a blistering start to their attempts to at least emulate last season’s charge to speedway’s Elite League play-offs.

Three victories from the first four meetings have left the Brummies handily placed in fourth in the table, despite having ridden fewer meetings than the three teams above them.

After challenge match victories over Belle Vue and Sheffield to start the campaign, the Brummies were up and running in the league with a 49-41 triumph on the road at near neighbours Coventry.

Martin Smolinski offered an indication of his early-season excellence with a 19-point haul, and the German again produced an eye-catching display as the Brummies completed a Midlands double over the Bees with a comprehensive 55-37 triumph at Perry Barr.

Despite a determined showing, the Brummies suffered their first defeat of the season when they were edged out 47-43 at home to champions Swindon, with Jason Doyle, Chris Harris and Smolinski the top scorers for the hosts in a hard-fought meeting.

Weather provided a frustrating and unscheduled interlude as the back-to-back trips to Lakeside and Eastbourne both fell by the wayside.

That left the Selco Brummies with a 14-day gap between meetings, but there were no signs of rustiness as they registered another emphatic home triumph over Lakeside Hammers.

Doyle led the way with a return of 14 points, with captain Danny King also in impressive form on a night when he scored 12.

The Brummies are back in Elite League action on Wednesday, May 8 when Eastbourne are the visitors to Perry Barr.