Last weekend saw the annual Indoor Championships as the event took place at Coventry. Hot on the heels of hosting the British Final, the Midland side with help from fellow midlands teams put their hat in the ring to hold the winter meeting.
The track was in great condition and with the addition of an air fence around the perimeter it added much needed safety to what can be a rough and tumble fixture! Birmingham were down on numbers this year as captain Chris Timms is on the sidelines serving his ban whilst his father Paul Timms was sidelined to injury. Timms senior is always one to watch and certainly a favourite for the Over 40 title but a collarbone injury while training for the event has put him out till the regular season begins.
In the Men’s Championship Scott Millward waved the Monarchs flag and finished in 7th place with 13pts to his name. The ex Sandwell Lion finished a point ahead of former Monarch Ben Mould as Lee Kemp struggled collecting just 4pts.
In the Over 40’s event Birmingham’s red and white was on the shoulders of Steve Hodgkinson. The Smethwick rider who will begin his second season with the second city after a long break from the sport has shown during that time he has lost none of his speed. Steve impressed in the Eurovets last year as rivals at the start looked wondering who this guy was but by the last round in Wednesfield they all knew he was about!
Hodgkinson finished a fine 6th place and was just four points away from a podium place. But looking at the lineup and the quality of riders in the event it again showed how good a racer Steve is.
Scott Millward also took his place in the Under 19 event and again finished in 7th place but this time with 14pts as Lee Kemp improved with 9pts as the East Park rider also claimed 13pts in the Under 16 Final.