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King's Lynn Stars plan to build team around Craig Cook, Robert Lambert and Erik Riss

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Ambitious King’s Lynn Stars plan to build a speedway team around heat leader trio Craig Cook, skipper Robert Lambert and Erik Riss.

New signing, Great Britain and 2018 Grand Prix rider Cook, will make his Stars debut on Monday at home to Wolverhampton Wolves after replacing the injured Riss.

Co-promoter Robin Brundle revealed that once Riss returns in a few weeks – after his broken collarbone has been plated – Lynn aim to keep Cook in the side to complete a triple-pronged top order Premiership attack.

Craig Cook. (11232226)
Craig Cook. (11232226)

Brundle said: “When Erik had his accident it was a question of doing a complete market assessment to look at the averages and see who was available.

“Obviously Craig was one of the serious contenders we were looking at, but because of the averages we had to do a reshuffle because we would have been over the 42.5 points maximum.

“At that point we had to make changes at the bottom end which is what’s resulted in Kasper Andersen being moved out of the team and Simon Lambert being brought in.”

Brundle stressed that this week’s team change was done with the longer-term season plan in mind: “It’s important to try to think further ahead as well as we’re expecting to have Erik back, and now that we’ve managed to get Craig.

“In an ideal world we’d like to try to make sure Robert, Craig and Erik are in the same team.

“With the way the averages are calculated on the first of June, there’s thought gone into structuring our team now to try to make sure that when Erik comes back – and clearly also he’s very much part of our future – we’d like Craig to be able to stay as well.

“So we’ve got to work around achieving 42.5 now but also have a structure that enables us to take Erik back once his collarbone is up and running.

“It won’t be too long because he’s had it plated rather than waiting for it to heal and he’ll race with it plated. It’ll be a couple of weeks rather than a couple of months or three.”

The Cumbrian Cook, who turned 32 last week, rode alongside Poultec Stars captain Robert Lambert in the Speedway of Nations this month.

The GB duo and World Cup silver medallists have been confirmed in the line-up for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship Qualifying Round at Glasgow on Saturday, June 8.

Basement side Lynn expect Lewis Kerr to race versus fifth-spot Wolves at the Adrian Flux Arena following a weekend crash which caused him to miss Monday’s bank holiday derby defeat at Peterborough: see page 71.

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