King's Lynn Stars prepare to take on Belle Vue Aces
The King’s Lynn Stars are due to face the new British under-21 speedway champion when they host Belle Vue on Thursday.
The Aces’ Tom Brennan took the age-graded national title with a flawless performance at Redcar on Friday.
The youngster, who also rides for Eastbourne, raced to a 15-point maximum in the qualifying heats, defeating the other unbeaten rider Drew Kemp (Ipswich/Eastbourne) when they met in Heat 19.
Brennan is one of many Aces threats, and host rider Thomas Jorgensen analysed one aspect that Lynn need to improve upon in order to land their first home win of the SGB Premiership campaign: “We’ve got too many last places,” said the Dane.
“We can’t afford to have them. We need to sit down and work on that, for sure. I don’t know what it is, really, I can’t put a word on it.
“It’s sort of too much hit and miss at the moment: it’s a win and a last; and a win and a last again. We have to be winning and then maybe dropping one or two points – but not all those lasts – that’s why we’re losing at the moment.
“It’s the last places, and as well the other boys are struggling with the gating is the other reason. We need to sort that out.
“Obviously we need to overall step up and start avoiding those last places.”
Minors and Brady Stars skipper Lewis Kerr echoed those concerns, stating about the respective reserve berths where the Ipswich Witches had one last place out of 11 rides compared to Lynn’s four (out of seven) in their previous home outing: “Thomas is definitely right.
“I looked at the updated results for the Ipswich home meeting. Our top five had done the job and outscored Ipswich (38 to 30) but they had Paul Starke at reserve and he scored paid 16, and ours scored four. Paul won them the meeting.
“We’re all trying and giving 100 per cent, whatever any fans say.”
Belle Vue now occupy third position after Wolverhampton moved up to second place in the Premiership table last Thursday by inflicting the Manchester side’s first home defeat of the season.
Of that 40-50 reverse, Aces star Dan Bewley said: “It was a tough night for everyone.
“We got off to a decent start and we kept things very close to begin with, but we just got beaten by the better team.”