Birmingham Monarchs Cycle Speedway club will travel to Horspath in Oxfordshire on Sunday 11th September after qualifying for the British team KO Cup finals after defeating Hull on Sunday at Perry Hall Park.
The Monarchs were missing 2 key riders in Nathan Groves and Ewan Hancox so used veteran Phil Widdas and youngster Jake Steel in the starting line up.
Our visitors from Hull arrived with a weakened side however only had 6 riders present so had to run 6 heats with only one representative which weakened their hopes considerably.
A perfect start for the Monarchs who opened up with a maximum from C Timms and Hodgkinson. A tapes exclusion for P Timms in the 2nd meant the visitors took a race victory.
Heat 4 turned into a 2 rider race with the exclusion of Timms junior, Widdas taking 2nd (21-15). Jake Steel nearly took his first ever senior win over a visiting rider in the 5th but couldn’t hold off his rival.
Heats 8 and 9 saw the Birmingham club take advantages in both races to go into the interval 51-33.
The monarchs started the 2nd half superbly to give Hull little chance to respond. Johnson team rode Hodgkinson to a maximum in the 10th , Timms senior and Millward duly delivered in the 11th, however a nasty crash for both Chris Timms and Steel in the 12th saw young Steel coming off the worst. He having to withdraw from the meeting with mild concussion and a suspected broken collarbone.
Reserve Hodgkinson replaced Steel in the rerun and with Timms as back up another maximum was delivered with the home side dominating (72-37).
The misery continued for Hull as they were unable to stop the now rampant Monarchs side. Hull number one Andy Angell took one win and suffered a heavy fall also in the 11th.
Despite the scoreline there was some excellent racing on view and Hull gave 100% effort despite their weaknesses.
For the dominant Monarchs Mark Winwood, who had been flying all day and Steve Hodgkinson both recorded 20 point maximums and but for costly exclusions early on both of the Timms boys were unbeaten otherwise. However Hodgkinson was named man of the match.
Birmingham take on Ipswich in the 1st semi final in Horspath, with the winners of that going into the final later in the day.
BRITISH TEAM KO CUP QUARTER FINAL
BIRMINGHAM MONARCHS 109 – Mark Winwood 20 (5), Steve Hodgkinson 20 (5), Scott Millward 18+1 (5), Paul Timms 14+2(5), Chris Timms 13+3 (5), Ricki Johnson 13+3 (5), Phil Widdas 8+1(4), Jake Steel 3 (2) V HULL 60.