King’s Lynn Stars 58
Lakeside Hammers 34
Teenager Robert Lambert starred as Lynn made a sensational start to their campaign on Tuesday – but at a cost of injury to two riders.
Lynn, desperate to win their first top level speedway title in their 50th anniversary year, made a statement of intent in their league opener in front of the Sky cameras essentially with a five-man team.
They lost both Nicklas Porsing and Lewis Kerr to injury (see back page) after each had one winning outing.
However Lambert – who celebrates his 17th birthday next week – more than made up for this by recording his second-ever Elite League paid maximum.
The Norwich-born prospect bagged four wins and was backed up by double-figure scores from skipper Rory Schlein and number one Niels-Kristian Iversen, while Ashley Morris dealt well with the loss of his reserve partner Kerr and a busy six rides.
As soon as the ferocious wind that had battered West Norfolk during the previous 24 hours threatened to die down, the stadium was assaulted by hail and rain just before the tapes went up. Nevertheless the track held up superbly.
Lambert kicked off a memorable night by beating experienced Andreas Jonsson – the first time the Hammers heat leader has regularly raced in the UK for seven years.
Dane Porsing withdrew after his second ride aggravating the knee injury picked up against Poole in the Elite Shield while Heacham rider Kerr went to hospital with concussion.
After Lambert and third-placed Iversen registered an opening heat advantage, Schlein – beaten just once – left Richard Lawson for dust on bend two of Heat 3 to grab the first of a hat-trick of wins.
Edward Kennett snapped a chain at the tapes of Heat 4 and immediately retired for sorry Lakeside, to concede the first of six maximums to Porsing and Morris.
Kerr in Heat 5 lifted on bend two of lap two and went into the fence, to be excluded and he exited the meeting. However Lambert made the start again in the second-fastest time of the night, 59.33, to earn a share of the spoils,
The Hammers threw in Jonsson on a tactical Heat 6 ride but the Swede could only manage second position in their first heat advantage behind Schlein who went from third to first on lap one.
The Stars finished with a maximum from Foulsham-based Lambert and Schlein over Jonsson and Kim Nilsson to complete victory for deputising team manager Dale Allitt, who is taking charge instead of Rob Lyon for the next week’s worth of fixtures.
Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 10, Robert Lambert 16+2, Rory Schlein 13+1, Nicklas Porsing 3 (withdrawn), Kenneth Bjerre 5+2, Lewis Kerr 3 (withdrawn), Ashley Morris 8+1.
Hammers: Andreas Jonsson 11, Kim Nilsson 4+1, Mikkel Bech 4, Edward Kennett 1, Richard Lawson 3+1, Adam Ellis 8+1, Ashley Birks 7.