King’s Lynn Stars 50 Wolverhampton 40
Lynn went up to second spot partly thanks to their Great Britain duo Robert Lambert and Lewis Kerr in this third versus fourth clash on Wednesday at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Kenneth Bjerre (pictured) was back with a bang, winning his first three outings and striking double figures like Lambert, top scorer Kerr and skipper Rory Schlein.
The Roger Warnes Transport Stars could even afford an off-night from Niels-Kristian Iversen, Nicklas Porsing and Ashley Morris.
Neverthless a superb spell just after the midway point, when the home side recorded two 5-1 maximum heat victories either side of a 4-2, put them on the road to victory.
Wolverhampton were 35-25 behind at the Heat 10 interval so ex-Lynn rider Peter Karlsson went out on a double-scoring tactical ride. But the Swede could only finish third as Iversen and Lambert fired in their third and final 5-1 of the evening.
Wolves had drafted in guest Kyle Howarth from Swindon for Tobias Musielak, who has suffered a broken collarbone. He crashed during Leszno’s Polish League win at Stal Gorzow on Sunday and travelled to his local hospital for diagnosis.
Howarth, like Lynn’s Lambert and Kerr, is in the ten-man Great Britain squad for the World Cup next month. However the Manchester man could not get off the mark and only Freddie Lindgren could make double figures for the visitors.
A sun-delayed Heat 1 saw Lynn number one Iversen surprisingly start in last place but he recovered to pass Jacob Thorssell and grab third behind team mate Lambert and winner Lindgren.
The first half was a close battle between these two sides currently in the play-off positions as they then traded 5-1’s, Lynn’s coming from Bjerre and Schlein.
There were three consecutive 3-3 results from Heats 4 to 6 to keep the scores all square, but Lynn replied with two 4-2’s to forge a lead they never relinquished. The second of those heat advantages in the eighth race featured Kerr beating rival for the number one Fast Track rider spot, Lewis Blackbird.
Kerr’s paid 13 tally outscored those of Wolverhampton reserves Blackbird and Josh Bates put together.
Heat 9 saw Kerr replace Morris in a canny reserve switch by team boss Rob Lyon. Lambert, who superbly passed Bates, led Kerr home in a 5-1 as Lynn pulled away 31-23.
Lynn: Niels-Kristian Iversen 6+2, Robert Lambert 10+1, Rory Schlein 10+1, Nicklas Porsing 1, Kenneth Bjerre 11, Ashley Morris 0, Lewis Kerr 12+1.
Wolverhampton: Fredrik Lindgren 11+2, Jacob Thorssell 4, Kyle Howarth (guest) 0, Ricky Wells 10, Peter Karlsson 4, Lewis Blackbird 7+2, Josh Bates 4+3.
n Lynn travel to Wolverhampton’s Monmore Green for the return fixture on Monday.
Team manager Rob Lyon confirmed that Lynn will track the same one-to-seven.
The first race in next Wednesday’s British Championship Semi-Final at Lynn starts at 7.30pm. Normal admission prices will apply.
Team P F A Pt
Coventry 11 508 459 28
Lynn 9 424 390 19
Poole 8 375 342 18
Wolverhampton 9 407 411 15