King’s Lynn team boss Rob Lyon says “roll on Lakeside” as the Stars begin their Elite League season at home to the Hammers on Thursday.
Lakeside Hammers as a rule struggle at the Adrian Flux Arena, something that co-promoter Lyon acknowledges.
But Lyon is in good spirits after the Roger Warnes Transport Stars beat Polish team Sparta Wroclaw 50-46 in the Second International Pre-Season Speedway Cup on a rain-affected track on Friday.
He said: “Well, traditionally Lakeside haven’t been good travelling here. But, you know, you take nothing for granted.
“It’s a fresh season. They will want to come with the attitude of trying to get something out of the meeting.
“It was a difficult night in terms of how the boys had to react to the track because obviously the weather played its part today.
“Hopefully if the weather is kind to us we’ll see more of a typical King’s Lynn track next Thursday.
“I’d be disappointed if we didn’t come out of it with a win. We’ll see what happens. We had a good start tonight and we can’t do any more than that. We hope to build on that, so roll on Lakeside!”
Lynn reserve Carl Wilkinson has suffered a small break in his collarbone after crashing at Scunthorpe on Sunday.
Wilkinson was taken to hospital after the crash and underwent X-rays to determine the damage. The results have found the break, but the reserve is defiant about racing on Thursday.
Wilkinson said: “I have a small break and will go to the fracture clinic on Tuesday morning. It’s going to be a painful week getting myself ready for Thursday. I will be there getting stuck in.”
Team boss Lyon said after the Polish pre-season meeting: “It’s always good to have a race meeting of some description before the real stuff starts and it was a tough one against a Polish team.
“I thought it was an entertaining meeting and the boys came out on top. If Robert (Lambert in Heat 13) hadn’t have had an engine failure then we would have won by even more.
“Scotty (Nicholls) and Mads (Korneliussen) pulled out a cracking race in Heat 16 so it was a great result.
“It was a good workout for all of them so I am very happy with that and we can build on it for next week against Lakeside.”
Rory Schlein was confirmed as Stars skipper for the 2016 season, a role the Aussie performed with distinction last term before his injury.
Lyon added on preparations for the forthcoming league campaign: “It’s been a difficult winter, obviously, but with the likes of Rory and Mads coming back, it’s always important to get some experience in the team.
“Having Neils (Niels-Kristian) back for a little while is a good boost.”
Lynn beat Wroclaw by winning a final heat decider thanks to a Scott Nicholls/Mads Korneliussen maximum.
The two main attractions of the four-times Polish champions were world champion Tai Woffinden and fellow Grand Prix star, the former Stars rider Maciej Janowski.
Lynn’s number one Iversen was programmed to clash twice with his GP rival and British Lions superstar Woffinden. Heat 1 spoils went to the Danish home fans’ favourite, who flew from tapes to flag on the inside, while Woffinden got Heat 14 revenge with a superb lap three move on the first straight.
Wroclaw, who finished second in the Extraleague last year, went ahead by eight points after seven outings, but falls in successive heats for Damien Drozdz, Tomasz Jedrzejak and Maksym Drabik put Lynn right back in the meeting.
In the re-run Heat 12 they went ahead for the first time since the second outing via a 5-1 from Carl Wilkinson and Kai Huckenbeck.
Lynn were on consecutive maximums but Lambert’s bike packed up in Heat 13 to set up a super finish.
Wroclaw’s Adrian Gala was doubtful due to a practice spill the day before the meeting. He was passed fit to ride but didn’t start a race.
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Gates at the Adrian Flux Arena open at 6pm tonight. The parade is set to take place at 7:30pm with tapes up for the first race at 7:45pm.
King’s Lynn Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 10 (withdrawn), Rory Schlein 5+1, Scott Nicholls 10, Mads Korneliussen 8+1, Robert Lambert 5, Kai Huckenbeck 3+1, Lewis Rose 2+1, Carl Wilkinson 7.
Sparta Wroclaw: Tai Woffinden 10, Nick Morris 5+2, Szymon Wozniak 6+1, Tomasz Jedrzejak 4, Maciej Janowski 7+1, Maksym Drabik 9, Damien Drozdz 5, Adrian Gala 0 (withdrawn).
Roger Warnes Transport Stars: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Kai Huckenbeck, 3 Rory Schlein, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Robert Lambert, 6 Carl Wilkinson, 7 Lewis Rose.
Lakeside Hammers: 1 Andreas Jonsson, 2 Piotr Swiderski, 3 Kim Nilsson, 4 Richard Lawson, 5 Lewis Bridger, 6 Robert Mear, 7 Lewis Kerr.
Friday’s teams, Hammers: 1 Jonsson, 2 Swiderski, 3 Bridger, 4 Lawson, 5 Nilsson, 6 Mear, 7 Kerr
Stars: 1 Iversen, 2 Huckenbeck, 3 Schlein, 4 Korneliussen, 5 Lambert, 6 Wilkinson, 7 Rose.
The Roger Warnes Transport Stars