Robert Lambert top scores but King’s Lynn Stars go down to ex-world champion Jason Doyle-inspired Swindon Robins rally
Determined King’s Lynn Stars went down last night (Thursday) to a late Swindon rally 50-40 in a tense battle at the Abbey Stadium.
Jason Doyle, the 2017 world champion, was in stunning form to help his side home at the expense of the Poultec Stars.
Robert Lambert (pictured) worked hard for his 13-point haul but King’s Lynn just came up short in the closing stages after giving the Robins a scare along the way.
Boss Peter Schroeck was disappointed despite a great effort from his side.
“I’m very disappointed we didn’t pick up a point at least, we worked the substitutions well but we didn’t pick anything up,” he said. “A point can make all the difference.
“I’m proud of the boys and we now have a few days off and when we come back on July 25 hopefully we can get back winning.
“We’re improving each time we come to Swindon and I can’t fault their effort. It wasn’t for the lack of trying.
“People don’t see what happens in the pits, each team member is proud to ride for King’s Lynn and we’ll bounce back from this.”
Lynn didn’t win enough races in the early stages and this allowed the home side to pull clear.
Schroeck’s men found themselves 10-8 up after three races but Swindon then found their form with successive race advantages.
Troy Batchelor and new signing Claus Vissing held off Craig Cook for a 5-1 in Heat 4 and Rasmus Jensen won the next for the Robins.
But then Doyle broke the track record in the next and Swindon were suddenly in the driving seat at 21-15.
Batchelor and Ellis Perks then combined for another Swindon maximum after Erik Riss did well to avoid Perks who hit trouble – but the Poultec Stars were then 10-points down.
In the next race Lynn couldn’t use the tactical substitute option because Heat 8 is protected and they shared the race with Lewis Kerr and Michael Palm Toft finishing behind home favourite David Bellego.
But Lynn bounced back in the next after Adam Ellis hit the tapes – and Robert Lambert and Cook teamed up for a maximum after a tough battle with a gutsy Rasmus Jensen for the Robins.
And when skipper Lambert got the better of Batchelor with Palm Toft third Lynn were within four points of the Robins with only four heats remaining.
Doyle and Batchelor notched a maximum in the big Heat 13 which left Lynn with too much to do in the last two heats.
Swindon finished with a 4-2 to give the scoreline a more convincing look after a hard night of work by the King’s Lynn riders.
Swindon 50: Jason Doyle 12, Troy Batchelor 10+1, Rasmus Jensen 8+1, David Bellego 8, Adam Ellis 6, Ellis Perks 4+1, Claus Vissing 2+1.
Lynn 40: Robert Lambert 13, Lewis Kerr 8+3, Erik Riss 8, Michael Palm Toft 5+2, Craig Cook 5+1, Simon Lambert 1, Thomas Jorgensen r/r.