Czech racer Vaclav Milik will make a welcome return to the King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars team tonight (Monday 20) as they travel to Belle Vue’s Kirkmanshulme Lane.
In-form Robert Lambert will miss the away trip though as he requires more time to recover from injury.
The Norwich-based racer missed the Stars’ win over Wolverhampton last week though injury, but team boss Rob Lyon is hopeful that he will be back for the return leg against the Aces at the Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday night.
Lyon has booked Kyle Howarth to take the place of Lambert at Kirkmanshulme Lane as the Stars target an away win. Reserve Lewis Kerr has declared himself fit to ride after withdrawing from last Wednesday’s meeting at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The formation of the Stars remains unchanged with Niels-Kristian Iversen riding at number one, with Nicklas Porsing at two and Kenneth Bjerre at three. Guest Howarth slots into the number four position with returnee Milik at five. Kerr and Ashley Morris lineup at reserve.
Hosts Belle Vue are at full strength for the meeting and have only been beaten once at home this year.
Belle Vue Aces: 1 Matej Zagar, 2 Max Fricke, 3 Craig Cook, 4 Josh Grajczonek, 5 Scott Nicholls (C), 6 Steve Worrall, 7 Stefan Nielsen.
Stars: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen (C), 2 Nicklas Porsing, 3 Kenneth Bjerre, 4 Kyle Howarth (G), 5 Vaclav Milik, 6 Lewis Kerr, 7 Ashley Morris.
* The King’s Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars will need to pull back a 12 point deficit on Friday in the second leg of the Knockout Cup, after being beaten 51-39 in the first leg at Buxton.
New number one Jake Knight made a successful return to the track with a 13 point haul from five rides. The Young Stars got off to a poor start after conceding a 5-1 in the opening heat, but managed to keep within touching distance of the hosts after four races.
Dale Allitt’s slipped 16 points behind in a mid-meeting bad spell for the Young Stars. Three 5-1’s and a 4-2 for the hosts in the space of five heats all but ended their hopes of taking a lead back to the Adrian Flux Arena.
They did however manage to reduced the gap between the sides to 12 points with heat advantages in heat 11 and 14 with wins coming from Knight and Shane Hazelden respectively.
The second leg takes place at the Adrian Flux Arena on Friday, July 24 and will be part of a double-header that night. The first meeting of the night will see the Young Stars face Cradley in the National League, with the deciding Knockout meeting taking place straight after.
Buxton Hitmen: Tom Woolley 13+2, Tony Atkin 11+2, Ryan Blacklock 10+1, David Holt 9+3, Liam Carr 7+1, Kyle Roberts 1+1, Dale Lamb 0.
Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars: Jake Knight 13, Josh Bailey 7+1, Tom Stokes 6, Shane Hazelden 5, Scott Campos 5, Layne Cuppit 2, Ryan Kinsley 1.