King's Lynn Stars hammer Premiership leaders in televised clash
King’s Lynn Stars 57
Poole Pirates 33
Lynn mopped up patched-up reigning champions Poole No.1 Carpet Cleaning Pirates tonight in front of the BT Sport cameras.
The Poultec Stars sealed victory with three races to spare and were set to leapfrog to fifth in the table. They also banished the spectre of two home defeats by the league leaders earlier in the season.
The Pirates never threatened to repeat their previous twin Adrian Flux Arena successes, with captain Josh Grajczonek having a relative off-night and Ricky Wells limping off midway through proceedings following a recurrence of a shoulder injury.
The same trouble afflicted Lynn’s Thomas Jorgensen who faces a mandatory seven days on the sidelines and thus misses Thursday’s trip to Swindon.
Poole top-scorer Jack Holder gained some consolation by winning the final nominated Heat 15 ahead of Lynn’s Robert Lambert and fellow Stars top-scorer Erik Riss; but Holder’s team-mate Nicolai Klindt retired on the first lap.
Away guest Aaron Summers was warned in the restarted opening outing to remain still at the tapes. Robert Lambert and Michael Palm Toft maxed out over rider replacement Holder and Summers to get the Stars off to a dream start.
This continued in Heat 2 with another 5-1 from reserves Simon Lambert and Lewis Kerr, representing Lincolnshire and West Norfolk respectively.
Riss won the next from ex-Star Klindt, with the seemingly fit-again Jorgensen third ahead of away skipper Grajczonek, to leave the scores 14-4.
Things got worse for Poole when another guest Kyle Newman crashed through the starting tapes and referee Mick Bates had no option but to exclude the reserve. Ricky Wells replaced Newman and was last, but Holder rescued a first shared 3-3 result by becoming Poole’s first heat winner.
Rider replacement Klindt secured another victory in a shared fifth outing but Palm Toft won the next with skipper Lambert in third to stretch the home lead to 12 points.
Klindt was warned for going prematurely through the tapes and hurriedly got his bike ready for the restart, won by Cook and Kerr in maximum number three, with Grajczonek retiring on lap two after bike problems.
The Pirates looked set to walk the plank at halfway with the superb Palm Toft unbeaten after three rides making it 33-15.
Klindt came in as a Heat 9 tactical sub and was third behind Holder and Riss in a 3-3 deadlock.
Klindt ended Palm Toft’s unbeaten run in Heat 10 which was won by Robert Lambert; a home rider tasting victory in eight races so far.
Poole gained their first heat advantage in the next via Grajczonek, which was awarded, when Cook fell and could not quite exit in time on the fourth bend.
The busy Klindt locked up and fell coming into turn two for an immediate Heat 12 exclusion. The Stars sealed victory in the three-man re-run via race winner Riss.
Cook and Robert Lambert posted a fourth Stars 5-1 in Heat 13.
Poole didn’t do too badly out of rider replacement, returning seven points.
Co-promoter Dale Allitt revealed that, with recent American signing Broc Nicol sidelined for up to six weeks, Lynn are looking to strengthen at the bottom of the one-to-seven order. The Stars are looking to make the change by the next home meeting on July 25 against A47 rivals Peterborough.
Lynn: Robert Lambert (captain) 11+1, Michael Palm Toft 9+1, Erik Riss 11+2, Thomas Jorgensen (withdrawn) 3, Craig Cook 8, Lewis Kerr 7+3, Simon Lambert 8+1. Fastest time: R.Lambert, Heat 1, 58.60 seconds.
Poole: Brady Kurtz R/R, Aaron Summers (guest) 3, Nicolai Klindt 9+1, Josh Grajczonek (capt) 6, Jack Holder 12, Ricky Wells (guest – withdrawn) 0, Kyle Newman (guest) 3. Fastest time: Holder, Heat 15, 58.84secs.