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PREVIEW: BIRMINGHAM v NEWCASTLE (Champ)

BIRMINGHAM co-owners Peter and David Mason have announced they will leave the club at the end of the season.

The Brummies face Newcastle tonight (Wednesday) in their final home league fixture of the campaign, and have a KO Cup fixture against Edinburgh next week with their future uncertain beyond that.

They need a win over the Diamonds to remain in play-off contention, which would then leave them needing to avoid defeat at Glasgow on Friday to reach the top six.

David Mason said: “There’s never a good time to announce something like this but we wanted to be open with our supporters now we’ve officially made our decision.

“We just want to thank all of the loyal Birmingham supporters who have stuck with us and backed us through everything since we were unveiled as the new owners almost four years ago now.

“They’ve been excellent and without them we wouldn’t have made it this far.

“We’d also like to thank the British Speedway Promoters Ltd – without the help, guidance and understanding of Rob Godfrey (Chairman) and the board members, there’s no way we would’ve got through this 2021 season either.

“Our decision might not totally surprise some people and we have had one or two asking us if we would be selling up at the end of the year.

“As it stands we’ve had no firm interest from anybody, but maybe now we’re making things official, who knows, maybe we’ll see things start moving, only time will tell.”

The Brummies return to full strength whilst the Diamonds use rider-replacement for Connor Mountain, who crashed in Heat 15 of Sunday’s final fixture at Brough Park, and Leon Flint guests for the injured Matthew Wethers.

BIRMINGHAM: Chris Harris, Valentin Grobauer, James Shanes, Ashley Morris, Erik Riss, Paco Castagna, Jack Thomas.
NEWCASTLE: Ben Barker, Connor Mountain R/R, James Wright, Max Clegg, Leon Flint, Archie Freeman, Adam Roynon.