The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars opened their 2016 Elite League campaign with a 56-36 away defeat to Lakeside in the first of a Good Friday double-header this afternoon.
Fans favourite Niels-Kristian Iversen kicked-off the meeting with a hard fought win over GP rival Andreas Jonsson in Heat 1, but from that moment, the Norfolk side were behind. Consecutive 5-1’s for the home team quickly opened up an eight point gap between the sides after just 3 races.
Once Lakeside registered another 5-1 in Heat 5, Lyon wasted little time in pulling out the black and white helmet colour for Iversen in the sixth. The Dane won the race with Robert Lambert picking up the final point, which give the Stars a 7-2 advantage and closed the difference between the sides to 7 points.
Lynn were able to maintain that gap for a couple of races, but Heat winners were not to be seen. Heats 9 and 10 went the way of the home side with back-to-back 4-2 advantages with Swiderski and Nilsson leading the way.
Heat 11 provided the most action with it needing four attempts to get it completed. A resulting 5-0 score, following the exclusion of Rory Schlein (fell) and Robert Lambert (excluded) gave the Hammers a 16 point lead with four races left, any hopes of getting something from the opening fixture were soon ended with a precession of level races to take the meeting into the final race.
Lakeside Hammers: Kim Nilsson 13+1, Richard Lawson 12+1, Piotr Swiderski 9+2, Robert Mear 9+1, Andreas Jonsson 6, Lewis Bridger 5+1, Lewis Kerr 2+1.
King’s Lynn Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 14, Mads Korneliussen 10, Lewis Rose 4+1, Kai Huckenbeck 3, Carl Wilkinson 2+2, Robert Lambert 2, Rory Schlein 1.