King’s Lynn Stars 47 Poole Pirates 46
Lynn Stars team boss Rob Lyon saluted Robert Lambert after the teenage sensation’s breathless ride in a dramatic last-heat victory on Wednesday night.
A 4-2 from Lambert and Niels-Kristian Iversen sealed victory for the hosts to maintain their unbeaten home record this season.
Lambert produced an incredible ride on the outside to pass both Dakota North and Maciej Janowski before Iversen dug deep to get his nose in front of the former to claim third.
Delighted team boss Rob Lyon said: “It was an absolutely fantastic ride from Robert and equally from Niels as well to get third place.
“I had the confidence he could do a job. He’s got the ability to come from the back and he said that he felt really good.
“Niels was always going to go in heat 15 as you always put faith in your number one, even though he’d had a couple of iffy rides.
“It was always going to be between Robert and Vaclav Milik to partner him. I plumped for Robert and made the right choice.”
Before the meeting, Lynn had been given a lift by the late withdrawl of Poole’s Chris Holder through sickness.
But it made the six-man reigning Elite League champions – who ended Lynn’s unbeaten home record last term – even more determined to take something home with them.
“Poole have always got quality in their team and I knew even without Chris they would still battle hard, and so it proved.
“Sometimes when you run rider-replacement for a top rider it can put pressure on the home team as the away side feel they have nothing to lose.
“We were seven points up at the interval and looking comfortable, but Poole got their act together and the track came to them, as it always does towards the end of a meeting here.”
Lynn were firmly in control with a ten-point advantage a third of the way through the meeting.
Janowski kept the Pirates in it with a double points tactical ride victory in Heat 6 but the Stars still held a seven-point buffer at the interval.
But Poole were a different kettle of fish after the break, with three heat advantages in four races giving them a slender one-point lead.
It was left to the youngest member of the Lynn team to defy his age to lower the colours of the brilliant Janowski, who returned an excellent paid 19 for the visitors.
Lynn’s last-heat heroics had the pumped-up home crowd on their feet and quite rightly so after a dogged Poole outfit had threatened to go home with the points.
Lambert and Iversen were the shining lights for the Stars on a breathtaking night of action, with Nicklas Porsing, Lewis Kerr and Milik all chipping in with vital points.
Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said for an out-of-sorts Kenneth Bjerre, whose disappointing season continued with a paid three from four outings.
Lynn: N-K Iversen 9+1, N. Porsing 8, K. Bjerre 2+1, R. Lambert 12, V. Milik 5, L. Kerr 7+1, A. Morris 4+2
Poole: C. Holder r/r, K. Gomolski 6, D. North 7+1, D. Watt 7, M. Janowski 18+1, P. Starke 3, K. Newman 5.