King's Lynn Stars make it seven successive home wins in Premiership
King’s Lynn Stars 53 Peterborough Panthers 37
King’s Lynn held off a Peterborough fightback to notch their seventh straight home win in tonight’s (Monday, Aug 19) home derby clash against the basement side.
Home top scorer Craig Cook – who won the final heat to complete successive Lynn 5-1 race wins – and company kept the Poultec Stars in play-off contention at the Adrian Flux Arena.
A couple of pre-meeting showers couldn’t even halt the hosts’ momentum, while Panthers’ Hans Andersen withdrew after two fruitless rides with a wrist injury.
After a slight setting sun delay, Michael Palm Toft overtook Rohan Tungate to win the meeting opener with Chris Harris in third in a home 4-2 result.
Cornishman Harris – who starred here for Ipswich in their 45-45 mid-June draw – came in as a guest for the Stars’ injured No.1 Robert Lambert and changed his plans to ride.
As he worked with Harris when he was Rye House team boss, Lynn manager Peter Schroeck hoped to get the best out of the former British champion.
Simon Lambert stood in at reserve for the Saddlebow Road side after Nicklas Porsing twisted his knee racing in Poland on Sunday.
Heat wins followed for captain Lewis Kerr and Erik Riss for Lynn to lead 11-7. But Scott Nicholls and Jason Garrity – making his first appearance for the Panthers – replied with the first maximum 5-1 victory to level.
Riss and Thomas Jorgensen replied in kind to open up a four-point lead and Palm Toft/Harris followed this with home maximum number two.
After track grading Lynn made a reserve switch, with Lambert replacing Kerr, and Charles Wright was excluded for bursting the starting tapes. This prompted Peterborough’s own reserve switch: enter former Stars rider Garrity, who was second behind Cook. Lambert was third and Andersen endured his second retirement.
Lynn led 31-17 at the midway point with their third 5-1: Kerr on a reserve switch had a brief wobble but followed home the pacy Palm Toft.
Jorgensen slid off on the final-lap bend two while in third spot, but Riss was well ahead in a shared 3-3 outing.
The visitors used Nicholls as an injury rider replacement in Heat 10 and he induced Harris to touch the tapes, to be replaced by Lambert. Wright and Nicholls bagged a 5-1 to make the scores 35-25 at the Heat 10 interval.
Cook won the next race from Rohan Tungate and Garrity, which resulted in Nicholls being used as a Heat 12 tactical sub. Riss lost control of his bike and slammed into the lap two, bend two fence. The excluded German was quickly up and Lambert did his best against 5-1 hitters Nicholls and Wright to reduce the deficit at 39-33.
But Harris won Heat 13 and then the reliable Jorgensen led Kerr in for Lynn’s fourth 5-1 to deny Peterborough a league point.
King’s Lynn: Chris Harris (guest) 8+2, Michael Palm Toft 10, Erik Riss 9, Thomas Jorgensen 6+1, Craig Cook 11, Lewis Kerr 7+2, Simon Lambert 2. Fastest time: Cook, Heat 11, 58.30 seconds.
Peterborough: Rohan Tungate 5, Ty Proctor 0, Charles Wright 8+1, Hans Andersen 0 (withdrawn), Scott Nicholls 13+2, Aaron Summers 4, Jason Garrity 7+3. Fastest time: Nicholls, Heat 4, 59.18secs.
Lynn host Belle Vue on Thursday.