King’s Lynn Stars go in search of a crucial three points as they host in-form Poole at the Adrian Flux Arena tonight (Thursday 11, 7.30) - and they’ll have to do it the hard way.
The Roger Warnes Transport Stars suffered a resounding 65-25 defeat at the hands of the Elite League Champions at Wimborne Road on Wednesday.
They will now aim to offer an instant response and get back to winning ways to keep their play-off hopes alive.
They will be without No.1 Niels-Kristian Iversen (pictured), who has made himself unavailable due to his hectic schedule which includes Saturday’s Swedish Grand Prix in Malilla.
After initially intending to skip British racing in 2016, Iversen has assisted the club throughout the bulk of the campaign but the Stars have always been aware they would have to work within his racing programme in order to utilise his services in the majority of their meetings.
Co-promoter Dale Allitt admits being without Iversen is a blow – but he insists they remain strong enough to cover his absence.
Said Allitt: “It was a tough night for us at Wimborne Road, but our riders are good on home shale, and I’m sure it will be a much different story at our place.
“It’s going to be tough without Niels, but there is nothing we can do about it and we have to make the best of the situation.
“We’ll need everyone to be on the top of their game, especially against a team as strong as Poole, but I think we can still get three points.”
With no facility permitted for Iversen, the Stars are intending to draft in No.8 Kai Huckenbeck to cover his absence.
It is hoped the withdrawal of his start permission from the German federation, which caused him to miss Wednesday’s clash at Wimborne Road, will be resolved.
If Huckenbeck remains unable to ride, King’s Lynn will have no choice but to utilise a Premier League rider with an average below six points.
They also draft in Ben Morley for the second straight meeting to guest for the injured Simon Lambert, whilst Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen returns to the side at reserve.
Poole will be at full strength, with 2012 World Champion Chris Holder leading their powerhouse side.
LYNN: Troy Batchelor, Kai Huckenbeck, Rory Schlein, Ben Morley, Robert Lambert, Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen, Lewis Rose.
POOLE: Chris Holder, Adam Ellis, Krzysztof Buczkowski, Brady Kurtz, Hans Andersen, Bjarne Pedersen, Kyle Newman.