Lynn Stars' team spirit impresses co-promoter
The King's Lynn Stars' team spirit has impressed new co-promoter Robin Brundle, who has dubbed it "sensational".
Lynn were tipped in a poll conducted by magazine Speedway Star among journalists and fans to finish bottom of the SGB Premiership when all the pundits' points were tallied-up.
But the impact of Brundle, who has brought new ideas to the table on fitness and preparation, plus the willingness of a tinkered team to work in pre-season, have both paid off in terms of results.
The Adrian Flux Arena outfit have won all their home meetings so far, while the Tru Plant Stars have performed heroically on the road despite not quite carrying off an away win.
Lynn have also reached the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup, despite travelling to the away leg at Leicester Lions without talismanic skipper Robert Lambert, who was stranded overseas.
Brundle said after last week's 59-31 second leg triumph over Leicester: "Sensational, wasn't it? To see the guys riding as such a team is fantastic.
"We put a lot of work - and they have put even more work in - to make that happen, to make sure we had a fast start to the season.
"Even when we have just the core of the team that were working together, they're just smashing other people out of the park, which is great to see.
"They're helping each other in the pits and for me, as a relative newbie to it, to see the guys team-riding on track is really special.
"The 5-1 (race wins) makes it sound like it's boring racing, but just to see the guys really deliver their craft is great to see.
"I take my hat off to them."
Lynn's riders have simply got on with the job, none more so than Thomas Jorgensen.
He has been overshadowed by the likes of Lambert and reserve Lewis Kerr, but the Dane said after a paid-nine points display against the Lions: "I was struggling with speed all night but I made some really good starts which is obviously how I got the points.
"I was struggling and changing set-ups, which is not really ideal. The main thing is the win which was what we needed, so it can't be better."
For tonight's meeting at the Belle Vue Aces, the hosts have called on Poole duo Brady Kurtz and Josh Grajczonek for Craig Cook and Max Fricke who are competing in Grand Prix Qualifiers, while Nicolai Klindt comes in for the injured Steve Worrall.
There is no home meeting this week.
It was a mixed weekend for the riders who were in action, in the Grand Prix Qualifier in Slangerup, Denmark.
Stars’ No.1 Iversen qualified for the Grand Prix Challenge after finishing third on 11 points, while club captain Robert Lambert finished in fourth place, agonisingly close to qualification after scoring ten points.