Lynn Stars tame Wolves in double-header delight
SGB Premiership speedway (meeting two)
King’s Lynn Stars 55 Wolverhampton Wolves 35
Lynn followed their biggest win of the season so far with another comfortable triumph to give their play-off hopes a huge boost.
They even shrugged off the late withdrawal of reserve rider Michael Palm Toft with a twisted knee.
Robert Lambert, who earlier registered probably the fastest time seen at the Norfolk venue this campaign, again hammered in a big double-figure haul – the Norwich-born ace and Thomas Jorgensen rounding off a super night with a 5-1 maximum heat win.
Wolves, sorely missing former Stars skipper Rory Schlein, fell to another heavy defeat but Jacob Thorssell shone and ex-Lynn rider Sam Masters also reached double figures.
Lynn continued to make light of the absence of club talisman Niels-Kristian Iversen who was racing for his team in Denmark who pulled rank on his services.
Heat 6 saw Thorssell lower Robert Lambert’s colours for the first time in the Lynn skipper’s ninth outing overall.
Palm Toft was in the wars on the second heat. The Dane penalised under the two-minute rule and went off a 15-metre penalty, only to crash on the second lap and get excluded. But team-mate Simon Lambert rescued a 3-3 result in the three-man re-run.
Heat 3 was also eventful for Lynn with vice-captain Ty Proctor taking a fall and being excluded while Thomas Jorgensen burst through the tapes to be replaced by Palm Toft who bagged a second spot.
Jorgensen produced the move of the night when going past both Masters and Kyle Howarth on lap two while Proctor stole third on the line for Lynn to go 18-12 ahead after five outings.
Heat 7 leader Masters packed up on the final lap and limped over the finish line to let Lynn in with their second 5-1, and a following shared result meant the hosts led 29-19 at the midway point.
Masters was again used as a too little-too late Heat 12 tactical sub, winning in a shared result (43-29).
King’s Lynn: R.Lambert 16+1, E.Riss 7+3, T.Proctor 8, T.Jorgensen 12+2, N-K.Iversen rider replacement, MP.Toft (withdrawn) 3+1, S.Lambert 8+1. No.8. Josh Bailey did not ride. Fastest time: R. Lambert, Heat 1, 59.28secs.
Wolverhampton: R.Schlein R/R, K.Howarth 8+1, M.Kus (Guest) 2, S.Masters 11, J.Thorssell 11+1, A.Morris 1+1, J.Sarjeant (G) 2.
SGB Premiership (meeting one)
King’s Lynn Stars 60 Wolverhampton Wolves 30
Captain fantastic Robert Lambert again led the way with a six-ride maximum as Lynn beat five-times league champions Wolves in the first of their home double-header clashes on Wednesday.
Starting well for a change at the Adrian Flux Arena, Lynn recorded 5-1 maximum victories from their first two heats, thanks to skipper Robert Lambert and Erik Riss; then reserves Michael Palm Toft and Simon Lambert who both overtook guest Matej Kus.
In the next heat Palm Toft replaced Danish compatriot Thomas Jorgensen, who burst through the tapes. The switch worked as Palm Toft won the race in a Lynn 4-2 heat advantage.
Robert Lambert won Heat 4 as rider replacement for fellow heat leader Niels Kristian Iversen, who was recalled by his Danish club Ejsberg for the Stars to forge ahead 18-6.
Immediately afterwards, Jorgensen and Ty Proctor managed maximum number three as Lynn took complete control of the meeting.
More individual wins for Robert Lambert (twice, including a 5-1 with Erik Riss) and Proctor (also twice) meant the hosts were 42-18 up after the quick Heat 10 grading interval.
With the contest over, Wolves brought in a belated Sam Masters as a Heat 12 tactical substitute for the scoreless guest Matej Kus. This resulted in Wolves’ first heat advantage when Proctor conked out at the start and Masters triumphed.
Lambert added two more triumphs including a 5-1 back-up from Jorgensen in the final nominated outing – Lynn’s fifth and last maximum.
It looked as though the visitors needed a near-miracle to pick themselves up and get a result – even an away league point for losing by six points or fewer – for the second meeting.
King’s Lynn: Robert Lambert 18, Erik Riss 8+2, Ty Proctor 9+1, Thomas Jorgensen 10+1, Niels Kristian Iversen rider replacement, Michael Palm Toft 9+2, Simon Lambert 6+1. No.8. Josh Bailey did not ride. Fastest time: R. Lambert, Heat 6, 57.91.
Wolverhampton: Rory Schlein R/R, Kyle Howarth 4, Matej Kus (Guest) 0, Sam Masters 12, Jacob Thorssell 11, Ashley Morris 3+1, James Sarjeant (G) 0.