Birmingham Monarchs Paul Timms has been crowned Eurovets Over 50’s champion for 2013. Timms has been in fantastic form during the series which started with a win in April at Leicester’s Slater Street stadium.
Since then the series has been up and down the country and Wednesfield was the final round this weekend. Paul held a 13pt lead over Joe McLaughlin as fellow Birmingham rider Steve Hodgkinson was equal third with Mike Burgess. Timms made the A Final and finished 4th place which was enough to take the trophy and honours. Hodgkinson just missed out on a third place medal in the overall standings but the Smethwick racer should not be disheartened as in his debut season he has been stunning and got better as the rounds went on and will be one to watch in 2014.
Sunday saw the final round of Elite League fixtures and it ended in explosive fashion as Birmingham travelled to Wednesfield.
The Monarchs had Myke Grimes back in the side as well as impressive youngster Ollie Riley. Wednesfield had a full strength side as they looked to finish third in the league. The Aces started off the best of the sides as Heard and Marchant claimed a 6-4 as Mark Winwood split the home riders. Heat two saw the first 7-3 maximum as Mark Griffiths and Lee Aris took the honours ahead of Grimes and David Ball.
Birmingham’s first heat winner was next up as Chris Timms took the win ahead of Ben Mould as a shared heat made it 18-15. Heat four saw Wednesfield take a 7-3 as Heard took another step to a maximum this time with Ricki Johnson beside him.
Troy Allen was judged to have moved at the start and was excluded by Mick Knowles though in the rerun Craig Marchant took the win ahead of Winwood and Paul Timms to limit the damage. Heat seven was deja-vu as Allen who took Marchant’s ride again was excluded for moving. Once more Wednesfield made sure the damage was limited as Paul Heard took his third win ahead of the Riley/Chris Timms pair. Heat eight and nine just before the interval were advantages to the Ashmore Park men and so the scores were 53-35 going into the break.
Heat ten saw Myke Grimes take the flag for the second Birmingham winner as it ended a shared heat. The Aces turned the screw then with a further three more 7-3’s in the next four heats which ended the meeting as a contest. Heat thirteen saw Nathan Groves judged to be lapped as he slowed down with a couple of laps to go which the Birmingham rider was not happy with though his slow riding was questionable. Heat seventeen saw controversy as Chris Timms was given a red card by the referee for foul language. Timms who was passed by Lee Aris and finished at the back went to Knowles and was face to face with the official. Mick Knowles brandished the red card to the Monarchs captain and the side were deducted 8pts.
Wednesfield Aces 106: Heard 20, Marchant 10, Griffiths 11+1, Aris 16+4, Jewkes 9+3, Mould 17+1, Johnson 14+2, Allen 3, Haddock 6+1
Birmingham Monarchs 61: Groves 4, Winwood 11, Ball 8+1, Grimes 16, Riley 9, C.Timms 11+1, Hodgkinson 4, P.Timms 6+1
Wednesfield Aces 75: Meanley 9+1, H.Rowley 10, A.Aris 8+1, Everiss 8+1, Brookes 7+1, Dyke 10+1, Haddock 11+1, Allen 12
Birmingham Monarchs 54: Hodgkinson 16+1, N. Timms 6, Hancox 9+1, Riley 12+1, Widdas 5, Stevenson 6+2