King's Lynn Stars suffer more home torment against Belle Vue Aces
Reshuffled King’s Lynn Stars continued to struggle in tonight’s (Thursday, June 24) clash with SGB Premiership title front-runners Belle Vue Aces, who won 51-38.
The hosts were tormented early on by the swift and brilliant Dan Bewley, who has qualified for the Grand Prix Challenge, and notched 11 points.
But top scorer Thomas Jorgensen (12) and partner Richard Lawson shone in the final heat to leave on a positive note with a 5-1.
Only skipper Lewis Kerr, Jorgensen and Erik Riss remain from much-changed Minors and Brady Stars’ previous home speedway meeting against Wolves last month.
Following three defeats out of four 2021 outings, Ricky Wells, Lawson and young Connor Mountain made their home debuts for boss Peter Schroeck; while Cameron Heeps will join the club on Thursday, July 1 after fellow Aussie racer Ty Proctor asked to be left out of the side.
American Broc Nicol deputised for Proctor in the clash with Belle Vue.
There was no parade owing to a suspect weather outlook for later in the evening at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Pace-setters Belle Vue, who boast twin brother former Stars Steve and Richie Worrall, led the table for most of the 2021 campaign but Peterborough overtook them on Monday. They seemed keen to regain top spot: Australian Brady Kurtz and Richie Worrall, plus reserves Tom Brennan and Jye Etheridge, earned the visitors a 10-2 start.
Jorgensen immediately became Lynn’s first heat winner with a move around the outside in a 3-3 shared result.
British barnstormer Bewley led the Manchester side’s third 5-1 maximum race win.
Jorgensen and regular partner Kerr split Belle Vue’s pairing of winner Richie Worrall and Kurtz for another 3-3 to make the score 9-21 after five heats.
Brennan was excluded in Heat 6 for making Riss fall at the end of lap one. Riss changed bikes but suffered an engine failure for the three-rider re-run which Bewley won ahead of Wells in an unusual 2-3 result in the fastest time of 59.81 seconds.
Jorgensen replaced Mountain for Heat 7 as a tactical sub and he was pipped on the line by Steve Worrall behind Charles Wright, with Lawson triumphing in a 3-3.
The away team added another 1-5 via Etheridge and Richie Worrall to register a 15-32 scoreline at the halfway point.
Brilliant Bewley superbly overtook pace-setter Jorgensen at the start of lap three to notch a hat-trick in another 3-3.
Following some track grading, Riss found some form to speed out of the gate and earn Lynn’s first heat advantage. The German beat Aces skipper Steve Worrall, with Wells in third.
Kurtz regained Belle Vue’s supremacy by passing Lawson in a Heat 11 2-4 result to make it 24-41.
Former Star Steve Worrall got the better of Jorgensen and Nicol in a shared Heat 12.
Kurtz defeated Lawson while Bewley bested Riss in a heat-leader race Lynn could have got better reward from; while Mountain combatively notched his first point by edging out the previously-unbeaten Etheridge in another Lynn heat success thanks to Kerr’s first win.
Jorgensen and Lawson then worked their Heat 15 magic over Bewley and Kurtz.
Lynn Stars: Erik Riss 3, Ricky Wells 4, Thomas Jorgensen 12, Lewis Kerr (captain) 5+2, Richard Lawson 10+1, Connor Mountain 1, Broc Nicol 3+1.
Belle Vue: Brady Kurtz 9, Richie Worrall 8+2, Steve Worrall (capt.) 8+1, Charles Wright 5+1, Dan Bewley 11, Tom Brennan 2+1, Jye Etheridge 8+1.
Next is a home derby versus Peterborough on Thursday.