BIRMINGHAM Brummies boss Laurence Rogers says there was plenty to be encouraged by from their opening home clash with Leicester earlier this week.
The Curtis Sport Brummies drew 30-30 with the Lions in a fixture abandoned after 10 races.
A couple of heavy, unexpected downpours hit Perry Barr shortly before start time, but thanks to the hard work of staff and volunteers over the winter, the track was good to go.
The Brummies opened with a 5-1 courtesy of Claus Vissing and James Shanes before six successive shared races followed.
Back-to-back heat advantages for Leicester in heats eight and nine saw the visitors edge ahead on the night for the first time, before Vissing and Shanes again combined for another advantage to tie the scores.
That 10th race was contested during another downpour and unfortunately, after discussions with both team captains, SCB referee Phil Griffin made the decision to abandon the meeting with the result standing.
A heavy 64-26 first leg defeat at the end of last month meant the Brummies exit the Knockout Cup at the first hurdle.
Rogers said: “The track rode well, the team rode well and considering the rain, I think it was a superb night.
“It was a good start to the new era of Speedway at Perry Barr and we can grow on this in more ways than one.
“We looked solid as a team and there were encouraging signs and moments from each and every one of our boys.
“Full credit to John Priest our trackman and everyone who has mucked in in recent months as well because that track was chalk and cheese to last season – and that after rain which wasn’t forecast.
“So I think we’re going to see some cracking racing this year and it augers well perhaps for getting near that track record which has stood for quite some time here at Birmingham!”
The Curtis Sport Brummies are back at Perry Barr next Wednesday in league action as they host defending Champions Poole (Wednesday, April 13, 7.30pm).
Plenty of added attractions are planned for junior supporters with the fixture taking place during the school Easter holidays and a bumper crowd is expected.
CHAMPIONSHIP KO CUP 1st Round, 2nd leg.
BIRMINGHAM 30: Claus Vissing 8, James Shanes 6+2, Ashley Morris 4+1, Adam Ellis 4+1, Stefan Nielsen 4, Josh Auty 3, James Pearson 1+1.
LEICESTER 30: Richie Worrall 8, Anders Rowe 7+1, Kyle Howarth 6+1, Nick Morris 3, Joe Thompson 2+1, Connor Mountain 2, Dan Thompson 2.
Abandoned after Heat 10 (rain) – Result stands Leicester win 94-56 on aggregate.