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If ever there was a good example of why Elite League racing shouldn’t take place on a Saturday then this would be it. Neither club could field a full strength first team or anything like a separate combination outfit, work commitments for riders and parents alike being the main reason.

Neither match was a good advert for the sport, Birminghams heat leader strength kept the scores fairly close for much of the match in the main event, with Paul Heard notching a superb maximum. However in the latter stages the visitors ran out of options, the home side gaining three maximums in the last four heats to stretch their lead.

The combination was all one way traffic, however there was some sporting racing later on in the match particularly from Chris Timms who produced the race of the day against the Kemp boys.

Leicester 100 (J Ashford 18, P Howells 17, L Nowacki 16+2, C Marchant 14+3, A Stephenson 12+3, K Burns 11+3, A Doughty 8+1, J Kemp 5+1)

Birmingham 76 ( P Heard 19+1, D Rycharski 19, C Timms 9+1, P Timms 9, R Stevenson 7, Reece Winwood 4, J Ryan 4, D Hexley 3)

Combination

Leicester 82, Birmingham 48

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