Schlein: call-off was correct choice

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King’s Lynn Stars captain Rory Schlein said there was no option but to postpone Monday night’s speedway Elite League Play-off semi-final second leg at Poole’s Wimborne Road.

The two sides tried again last night in a bid to reach the title-deciding final, with Poole holding a one-point advantage.

The initial staging was called off in front of the Sky Sports cameras due to concerns over the track, a hole on bend one in particular, with all riders deciding it was not safe enough to complete the meeting.

Schlein said: “All 14 riders were in agreement that we didn’t want to ride. There was a big issue on turns one and two. The rest of the track was OK.”

The Roger Warnes Transport Stars skipper said there would have been carnage had the meeting gone ahead.

“There would have been a few guys carried off in the meat wagon. The base of the track was deteriorating. My honest opinion is this is still going to be an issue on Thursday without the correct work being done.

“It’s not just the top surface. I hope they can get it sorted.

“It’s not just packing a hole, you’ve got to cut off the top layer and start again. Even if they get half a dry day to do it, it’ll work.”

On the conditions, he added: “To be honest it was very similar to Monday (last week in the home leg of the semi-final when Lynn got the meeting on despite earlier rain).

“King’s Lynn are our worst enemies: at any other track in the country it would have been off but Buster (Chapman, Lynn boss) could relay the track in a couple of hours.”

Yesterday Poole Speedway (@poolespeedway) Tweeted: “Track curators happy with work carried out to repair hole.

“Several showers due today but strong winds and reasonable forecast from 5pm.”

Stars boss Rob Lyon made two changes from Monday night and called on two riders who are already in the Elite League final with Coventry.

Team GB member Chris Harris stepped in as replacement for Niels-Kristian Iversen at number 3, while at reserve, the in-form Jason Garrity replaced the injured Lewis Kerr.

Pirates: 1 Craig Cook (G), 2 Edward Kennett (G), 3 Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 4 Vaclav Milik, 5 Maciej Janowski, 6 Benji Compton, 7 Kyle Newman.

Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Robert Lambert, 3 Chris Harris (G), 4 Nicklas Porsing, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Jason Garrity (G), Simon Lambert.