Kyle to race against former club for Lynn Stars
Kyle Newman races against his former SGB Premiership club when the King's Lynn Stars travel to Poole on Wednesday in their Pirates rematch.
Fifth-position Lynn could be in the top half of the table by the time they visit the south coast speedway Pirates club.
The Adrian Flux Arena outfit narrowly beat Poole at home last week, 46-44, in a last-heat decider.
Victory at home to Somerset tonight may put the Tru Plant Stars in the top-four play-off places as fourth-spot Belle Vue are not in action.
If third-spot Wolves lost their match last night and Lynn won by 12 or more then the Stars could be third on points difference.
Poole-born Newman has been drafted in at reserve for this week’s two meetings as a short term cover for Jason Garrity who withdrew from last Wednesday’s success over Swindon with a possible fractured thumb after managing just two rides.
Stars vice-captain Ty Proctor reflected on the changing fortunes of a speedway rider – and how they do not go as expected.
The consistent Australian bagged four second places against Swindon Robins in Lynn’s last outing. Proctor said: “On Monday night I was saying how I felt well but didn’t score; tonight I didn’t feel well and I scored.
“It just goes like that. I used a new engine tonight. It seemed okay but I will give it more testing.”
Thomas Jorgensen well knows the snakes and ladders of form, the Dane having regained some recently.
But Jorgensen said: “I’ve had a bit of a shocking night to be honest. I didn’t perform well. I really couldn’t make a start.
“I don’t know what I did different to Monday. I made a little change to the last heat. It still didn’t work quite how I wanted it.”
All the team has paid tribute to the way Lynn have got the right result during their hat-trick run of wins despite an injury here and lack of form there.
Michael Palm Toft summed it up when he said: “Everybody chips in, so happy days for that. I’ve had a bit of stinker though against Swindon.”
Meanwhile, Niels-Kristian Iversen roared back into the Grand Prix series at the weekend - but it was agony for Robert Lambert.
The Danish star comfortably booked his place in the 2019 SGP after just four rides and could even afford a last race retirement in Landshut, Germany.
It was a sweet moment for NKI after being cruelly robbed of his place through injury and then missing out on a wild card spot for this season.
NKI said: “I came here to qualify and I managed to do it with one race to spare. It’s a pity I finished last in that last race but my job was done.
“I’ve worked so hard to get my place back in the series and I want to thank all of my sponsors, mechanics and family who have continued to believe in me and support me.
“The hard work will now start as I look to be ready come the start of the 2019 series.”
In contrast it was heartbreak for Lambert. After a last first time out, he came back strongly winning his final two rides.
But it was a case of so near, but so far, missing out on a run-off for the final place in next year by just one point.
Scorers: Janusz Kolodziej 12, Niels-Kristian Iversen 11, Antonio Lindback 10, Craig Cook 10, Robert Lambert 9, Piotr Pawlicki 9, Max Fricke 8, Martin Smolinski 8, Jack Holder 8, David Bellego 7, Kenneth Bjerre 7, Vaclav Milik 7, Hans Andersen 6, Kevin Wolbert 5, Matej Zagar 2, Krzysztof Kasprzak 0. Reserves: Max Dilger 1, Valentin Grobauer 0.