The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars closed out their 2015 campaign with a 12-point home win over playoff team Swindon on Wednesday night at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Guest Jason Doyle produced a masterclass to race to a five-ride paid-maximum with Robert Lambert and Nicklas Porsing providing good back-up.
Lynn made a decent start to the meeting and found themselves 8 points clear after two races. The visiting Robins showed they were good side and managed to level the meeting after five races with a succession of three heat advantages.
Swindon took the lead in the sixth, but the Stars hit straight back in heat seven as Doyle and Kenneth Bjerre scored a much needed 5-1. At the turn of the meeting, the Robins once again took a narrow two point lead, which they held onto going into the interval.
The Stars produced an almost faultless finish to the meeting with five consecutive heat advantages. Doyle secured his max with two races wins and a second place behind Bjerre in heat 13. While guests Simon Lambert and Ulrich Ostergaard also got themselves a race win in the final five races.
The result was a pleasing on for Stars team manager Rob Lyon, who must now look to next season.
“To finish in a high like that against a playoff team is very satisfying,” said Lyon.
He continued: “A 12-point win against Swindon is a great result, they were missing Peter Kildemand, but Scott Nicholls did a top job for them. It was nice to finish that way, but it’s disappointing we have finished the season now in early September.”
Away form has been the biggest let down for the Stars this year as Lyon admitted: “If you look at the top four teams, it is the away form that has taken them to the playoffs,
“For ourselves our away form has not been good enough.
“Yes, injuries have played their part, ironically I think with no major issues to Rory (Schlein) and Lewi (Kerr), we would have been there. The bottom line is, we simply weren’t good enough and we run out of steam towards the end.”
Team building will start earlier for the Stars now their scheduled fixtures are complete, although, Lyon admits that the league structure must be decided beforehand, he said: “The sport has to decide which way it wants to go with the Elite League and Premier League so nothing can really be decided with teams until that has been agreed.”
Lyon was pleased to see Stars reserve Lewis Kerr trackside for the first time since his accident, he added: “It was great to see Lewi at the meeting five weeks after the accident, I must say he is looking well.”