Eight points for King’s Lynn Young Star Stokes in National League Riders event

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King’s Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars number one speedway rider Tom Stokes scored eight points in the National League Riders Championship at Rye House on Saturday night.

Stokes made a solid start to the meeting with seven points from his first three rides, including a race victory in Heat 7.

A further point added from his final two heats ended the meeting with a respectable eighth place finish.

The meeting was won by Kent’s Ben Morley with King’s team mate Danny Ayres second and home rider Robert Branford completing the podium.

Ryan Kinsley, who was called up late, had a tough meeting and ended his first appearance in the Riders Championship without scoring, but the experience will no doubt be valuable to him in years to come.

Young Stars team manager Dale Allitt was at the meeting, and said afterwards: “As a club we are very proud to have had two riders in the meeting.

“Tom did very well and I am sure he will build on that in years to come.

“Both Tom and Ryan will have got valuable experience from the meeting tonight and that’s what they can take away from it.”

Kinsley, who made his debut in the National League’s showpiece event, replaced Max Clegg in the lineup.

Allitt received a call from the league’s coordinator Peter Morish on Friday afternoon enquiring whether the Young Stars rider would like to take a place in the 16-man field.

Manager Allitt said: “I spoke with Ryan and he jumped at the chance to ride in the meeting. The Riders Championship is the league’s showpiece event and one that he will gain a lot of experience in.

“It is great to see two of our Young Stars riders in the championship and I am pleased that as a club we can help complete the field of 16.”

National League Riders Championship result: Ben Morley 15, Danny Ayres 12 (after run-off), Robert Branford 12, Adam Ellis 11, Kyle Hughes 11, Liam Carr 10, Ryan Blacklock 10, Tom Stokes 8, Danny Halsey 7, Zach Wajtknecht 7, Marc Owen 6, Rob Shuttleworth 5, Jon Armstrong 3, Connor Mountain 2, Lee Payne 1, Ryan Kinsley 0, Alfie Bowtell (res) 0.