Chris Timms went through the card but it did not stop Birmingham losing out to Ipswich.
The Monarchs were depleted for the trip to Suffolk with riders either injured or with other commitments meaning that riders from the Combination side had to step in. Monarchs also called on local riders Ollie Riley and Josh Herring as the midlands side just had enough riders.
Timms was on top form winning all of his five rides but sadly lacked the back up needed to help Birmingham make a fight for the meeting. Winwood and Paul Timms both got into double figures and Ollie Riley deserved more than the six he got with his determination on the track. By the interval Ipswich had claimed a 20 point lead and Birmingham claimed inside grids as the home side raced away with four 7-3 advantages.
After the interval Ipswich did not let up on the pedal and carried on pushing hard and broke the 100 point barrier. Josh Brooke finished top scorer for the Eagles and was only beaten in his last two ride by Chris Timms though he did push Timms very hard. Ipswich had strength in depth compared to the away side and all except Ashley Hill and Charlie Rumbold came over the line first.
Josh Brooke 18, Lewis Osborne 15, Jamie Chittock 14, Adam Peck 13, Chris Osborne 13, Richard Williamson 13, Leon Mower 10, Charlie Rumbold 10, Ashley Hill 6
Chris Timms 20, Mark Winwood 11, Paul Timms 10, Jamie Herring 6, Oliver Riley 6, Phil Widdas 6, Steve Hodgkinson 5, Richard Stevenson 3
Referee: Dave Hill (Suffolk)
In the Combination fixture Birmingham conceded penalty points due to having just the eight riders. Chris Timms was once more top scorer for Birmingham only losing one point to Richard Fellgett who missed out on a maximum in the nominating heat.
Once more Ollie Riley deserved more than the seven points he finished with and the Monarchs were like to thank Ollie and Josh for coming into the side this weekend and giving there all.
Richard Fellgett 18, Daniel Knights 12, Ashley Hill 10, Matt Hill 9, Jordan Stant 9, Lauren Jacobs 7, Fraser Harris 5 – plus 59 penalty points
Chris Timms 15, Mark Winwood 14, Josh Herring 8, Olly Riley 7, Richard Stevenson 5, Steve Hodgkinson 5, Phil Widass 4
Saturday saw the second round of the Womens League as it rolled into Slater Street and the home of Leicester. Birmingham’s Natalie Timms carried on her fine comeback to racing with a third place in the Division Two meeting finishing just three points behind the winners Ipswich.
Saturday also saw the third round of the Norwich GP Series. Ollie Riley made the A Final at Harford Park and won the Under 16 event ahead of a trio of Norwich riders. Riley, who is only 15, is a rider to look out for in the future.
This week sees a midweek fixture for Birmingham as the Division Two side travel to Hearsall Common to tackle Coventry on Tuesday night. Racing begins at 7pm and we will have a full report on the meeting.