King's Lynn Stars sweating on the fitness of key rider for Peterborough Panthers clash
King’s Lynn Stars start a run of five successive Premiership speedway home meetings on Thursday when they entertain Peterborough Panthers in a derby.
They will be sweating on the fitness of dashing Dane Thomas Jorgensen, who withdrew from the Poultec Stars’ previous home outing, a 57-33 victory over Poole on July 8, as a precaution with a shoulder problem.
It meant the Aalborg-born racer missed the away loss at Swindon three days later.
Co-promoter Robin Brundle told the Lynn News of Jorgensen, who has just turned 27: “We’ve got to get to the bottom of that because he’s come back and done two events since the injury happened.
“But clearly something has gone wrong again now. I think it’s very important to make sure he gets the correct medical attention to get him properly fit before he goes out again.
Brundle again stressed how vital winning their remaining home meetings are to the Lynn one-to-seven and praised the riders’ work ethic during a difficult campaign.
As they did last year during a run to topping the table, Lynn have programmed a host of Adrian Flux Arena encounters during the late July and August summer school holiday period.
“It was very important to win (the Poole meeting),” added Brundle. “We do need to win all the home meetings to get into the play-offs.
“It’s important these guys do it. There hasn’t been one of the guys that hasn’t tried their absolute hardest.
“For me, if you can go to work and just try your hardest, then you can’t ask for any more than that from anybody, and I thank the riders for that. It was great to see them working for each other in the pits.”
The Poultec Stars will have Denmark rider Nicklas Porsing back in their side for the visit of the Panthers. The 26 year-old had two previous spells at the Saddlebow Road stadium club and last rode at the Stars in 2017.
Brundle also praised the professionalism of Simon Lambert, who has been filling in at reserve before the arrival of Porsing – and before him, American Broc Nicol, who could not take his position at reserve due to injury.
“Thank you to Simon: he’s been in, out, shake it all about. It was important he helped us when we needed him.”
Peterborough are one point above basement side Lynn and a point behind third-from-bottom Wolverhampton, who they were due to visit last night, among a group of clubs clustered around the bottom half of the table.
Lynn need to catch fourth-place Swindon, who are five points ahead of the Stars, since the top four qualify for the play-offs.