King’s Lynn Stars 53
Swindon Robins 40
Heacham-based reserve ace Lewis Kerr starred as Lynn sealed the win with three races to spare on Wednesday at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Fittingly it was Kerr (paid 15 points) who provided the race win that confirmed the Roger Warnes Transport Stars’ third home victory in the league in Heat 12.
Kerr was only denied a paid maximum by double-scoring tactical rider Dakota North who won Heat 6 to set up a 7-2 for the visitors. Kerr was taking his third ride in a row after replacing Nicklas Porsing, who had touched the tapes.
Robins boss Alun Rossiter named Chris Harris and North as guest replacements for injured heat-leaders Adrian Miedzinski and former Lynn rider Troy Batchelor. The absence of these key riders was a big factor in Swindon lacking all-round strength and they had no answer to a solid display by the home top six.
The Heat 2 reserves’ race, which saw former Lynn rider Lewis Rose return to face Kerr for the first time since moving to the west country in the winter, passed without incident with Kerr way out in front and Rose languishing towards the back to finish in third position.
The former teammates clashed again twice: in Heat 5 with Kerr winning that and Rose last; and Heat 12 with Kerr victorious again and Rose picking up one-and-a-bonus.
Lynn sped ahead with four maximum 5-1 heat advantages in the first nine outings to go 37-26 up at the Heat 10 interval.
The fastest time was recorded in Heat 11 by Stars winner Niels-Kristian Iversen in a 4-2 with third-spot Robert Lambert in a time of 59.31 seconds.
Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre posted their final 5-1 in Heat 13 over Harris and North.
Swindon’s 26-year-old number four Grzegorz Zengota, who had a disappointing meeting, hails from Zielona Gora in Poland. Zielona are the team who visited Lynn for a packed-out pre-season meeting last year.
The return at the Robins’ nest of Blunsdon was last night, while Lynn travel to Belle Vue on Monday. In addition, the Stars will face hosts Gorzow tomorrow in a mouth-watering World Speedway League clash in Poland (see back page).
Team boss Rob Lyon is back at the helm of the Stars after a recent holiday.
He said after the 13-point win over the Robins: “That’s the engine Lewis blew up in the first meeting here.
“He’s got it back and it’s terrific speed. He was excellent. Ashley (Morris) is struggling with his set-up but everybody else chipped in.
“Swindon are now probably under pressure to get a win. Their track rides completely differently but we’ve got a good enough team to go anywhere and get a result. We’ll be going there wanting all four points.”
He added: “We start a busy spell with home and away clashes against Swindon and then we are against Belle Vue and Coventry.
“Over that period we have a total of 14 league points up for grabs and we will be targeting the lion’s share of those points available to keep us at the top end of the table.”
Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 13, Robert Lambert 6+2, Rory Schlein 6+2, Nicklas Porsing 6, Kenneth Bjerre 8+2, Lewis Kerr 14+1, Ashley Morris 0.
Swindon: Chris Harris (guest) 6, Kyle Howarth 3, Nick Morris 11, Grzegorz Zengota 3+1, Dakota North (G) 8, Lewis Rose 3+3, Charles Wright 6.
Team P F A Pts
Coventry 5 243 212 15
Poole 4 189 163 11
Lakeside 7 326 308 10
Lynn 4 200 168 9