King's Lynn Stars shock league leaders Belle Vue as Craig Cook torments his former club
King’s Lynn 54 Belle Vue 36
Superb King’s Lynn shocked the league leaders at the Adrian Flux Arena tonight (Monday, June 24), writes Peter Woodhouse.
Recent Lynn signing Craig Cook top-scored with 12+1 against his former club while basement side Lynn showed strength in depth and in a welcome move outpointed their opposition at reserve, led by Lewis Kerr's paid 10 points.
Cook notched two victories but had to play second fiddle at the end to young British rider Dan Bewley who surprisingly won the nominated Heat 15.
Belle Vue are packed with plenty of talent – Max Fricke has been called up for the next Grand Prix round, while Lynn fans know all about new Danish champion and former Star Kenneth Bjerre.
Home skipper Robert Lambert recorded a swift 58.57 seconds to win the opening outing which was a Lynn 4-2.
Kerr was warned in the reserves’ race to stay still at the start but did not deter the Dersingham rider who won the restart in another home heat advantage.
Ty Proctor made it a hat-trick of home victors by beating Dan Bewley while Thomas Jorgensen recovered to grab third from ex-Star Steve Worrall.
Cook beat Bjerre while Simon Lambert took advantage of Jaimon Lidsey’s third-lap fall to complete a quartet of Lynn 4-2 successes.
Fricke ended this sequence by passing Jorgensen at the end of the final straight to become first Aces heat winner in a 3-3 shared result. Bjerre used his Adrian Flux Arena know-how to win Heat 6 which ended 3-3.
But Kerr led home Cook for the first maximum to put the Stars 27-15 up, quickly followed by Kerr and Palm Toft showing Dimitri Berge and Lidsey a clean pair of kevlars.
Belle Vue responded by putting Fricke in as a Heat 9 tactical sub and the Aussie followed Bjerre in a 5-1.
However Lynn replied with a 5-1 from R.Lambert/Palm Toft and Proctor added a win to make the scores 45-27 at the interval.
Jorgensen turned in his customary Heat 14 victory as Lynn went into the final race 52-32 up.
Stars: Robert Lambert (captain) 7, Michael Palm Toft 8+1, Ty Proctor 7+1, Thomas Jorgensen 7, Craig Cook 12+1, Lewis Kerr 9+1, Simon Lambert 4+1. Fastest heat-winning time: Robert Lambert, Heat 1, 58.57 seconds.
Aces: Max Fricke (capt) 12+1, Dimitri Berge 1, Dan Bewley 8, Steve Worrall 3, Kenneth Bjerre 10+1, Ricky Wells 2, Jaimon Lidsey 0. Fastest time: Bjerre, H6, 58.23secs.
The Poultec Stars’ end of season party will be held at the Dukes Head in Lynn on Saturday, November 2.