BIRMINGHAM 50 WOLVES 42

Wednesday April 11, 2012
WOLVERHAMPTON missed out on opening their Elite League account at Birmingham on Wednesday – despite another outstanding show from in-form Tai Woffinden.

The British youngster dropped just one point from five rides, and combined with skipper Freddie Lindgren for two late 5-1s at Perry Barr.

But the big two lacked support from the middle and lower-order and a more solid-scoring Birmingham side, for whom Josh Auty again piled up the points at reserve, collected a maximum haul from the meeting.

The home side took charge with a 5-1 in Heat 8 to put them eight points up, and when Danny King held Woffinden at bay in the next race Wolves were into tactical ride territory.

But Lindgren was held at bay by a fine ride by Sebastian Ulamek in Heat 11, leaving the visitors with just a 5-3 from the race when they really needed at least a 7-2 – and the Brummies took full advantage with a 5-1 from King and Auty over Ricky Wells and Nicolai Klindt in the next race.

With the gap at twelve points but Heat 12 having been reached, Wolves had no remaining tactical options and the trading of 5-1s which followed left them eight short in the end.

Manager Peter Adams said: “We feared a bit of a backlash after Birmingham’s last two home results, and they were very solid. They had a star reserve in Josh, which we didn’t, and it just wasn’t good enough.

“We’ve got to get rid of these inconsistencies. We can’t live off Woffinden and Lindgren all season long, we’ve got to have people contributing from one-to-seven and if these riders can’t do that then we might have to find some who can.”

BIRMINGHAM 50: Josh Auty 13+1, Ben Barker 8+2, Danny King 8+1, Sebastian Ulamek 8, Bjarne Pedersen 7+1, Martin Smolinski 6+2, Chris Mills 0.

WOLVERHAMPTON 42: Tai Woffinden 14, Freddie Lindgren 12+2, Nicolai Klindt 4+1, Ty Proctor 4, Pontus Aspgren 3+2, Thomas Jorgensen 3, Ricky Wells 2.

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