ELITE LEAGUE PLAY-OFF SPECIAL: Pressure is on Swindon, says Brummies boss
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury insists play-off rivals Swindon are the team under pressure ahead of tonight’s play-off semi-final first-leg.
The Robins go into the meeting having finished second in the league, while the Brummies enter the play-offs for the first time having only stepped up to Elite League level at the start of last season.
Drury is looking to use the underdog tag to the Brummies advantage, and will send his riders into tonight’s meeting with no pressure on their shoulders.
“They are desperate for success. All the pressure is on them. We are the underdogs and whatever happens we know we have achieved something special by getting in the play-offs in the second season of Elite League racing here at Birmingham.
“It’s Swindon who will be feeling the heat. Their management will be so nervous because they are so desperate for success, but we can just focus on getting our heads down and riding the best we can.”
Drury has also revealed he has instructed track staff to prepare the track to take the rain which is forecast ahead of the meeting.
“I was speaking to the track guys early on Sunday morning and I’ve told them to pack it as hard as possible to enable any rain we get to run off the surface,” he said.
“It’s the biggest night of the season and we’re determined to ensure the meeting goes ahead.
“For Birmingham Speedway to be in the play-offs is tremendous, especially when you consider there was no speedway in the city from the mid 80s until 2007.”
The meeting will also feature a big screen showing replays and action from the other semi-final between Lakeside and Poole.