PUBLISHED: 12:05 14 June 2012
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Hammers head to the Midlands
Birmingham v Lakeside Hammers
Hammers head to the Midlands trailing league leaders Poole by eight points, following their 48-45 thrilling victory over Kings Lynn last night.
Chris Holder’s stunning heat 15 effort saw Pirates maintain their winning run, having been 14 points down at one point.
Holder’s tactical ride gave Pirates hope and he came from behind to help Darcy Ward to a decisive 5-1 in the last race of the night.
Hammers have two matches in hand on the Pirates, but go into action on the back of a disappointing KO Cup exit at the hands of Coventry.
Birmingham have not raced for two weeks, when they beat bottom club Belle Vue by seven points on home shale, but currently occupy fifth place and will have hopes of climbing above Eastbourne in the table.
Hammers star Davey Watt, meanwhile, has stressed his ambition remains to become a full-time Grand Prix competitor.
Australian Watt is one of the big-name riders to appear in the World Championship qualifying meeting at Berwick on Saturday and the 34-year-old is desperate to add to a handful of GP appearances made as a stand-by rider and make his own impact on the series.
He said: “Grand Prix speedway is extremely tough, but if you don’t want to be a part of it then you’re barking up the wrong tree in this sport.
“How far I can go on a World stage is yet to be determined. I won’t really know how good I can be until I get there, and I’ve been touching the edges of it for a long time now.”
Birmingham captain Danny King is determined to take his World Championship chance, having also been called up for Saturday’s Grand Prix qualifier at Berwick.
King joins Chris Harris as Great Britain’s representatives at Shielfield Park, having replaced the injured Tai Woffinden, and home duo Lee Complin and Ricky Ashworth are the meeting reserves.
King said: “You never like to see other riders hurt and I wish Tai well in his recovery but I intend to take full advantage of the call-up.
“I was down as first reserve and now I want to put on a good show up at Berwick. I don’t see why I can’t get through to the next stage which would put me five rides away from the Grand Prix Challenge and a shot at the series for next year.”