Photo gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 54, Coventry Bees 35
10:13 30 May 2014
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The high-flying Stars made it 10 wins on the bounce by crushing Coventry during an incident-packed meeting last night.
The Elite League leaders annihilated the Bees by 19 points at the Norfolk Arena to extend their advantage at the top of the early-season table to 10 points. But great displays from Nicklas Porsing – who smashed in his top score of 2014 with 10 paid 11 – Robert Lambert and the increasingly-impressive Lewis Kerr – will probably not be remembered as much as other events on what was a bizarre evening of speedway.
A string of accidents, exclusions, mechanical failures and sublime racing left the Stars fans leaving the stadium having witnessed another classic. This time though they walked out scratching their heads at what had unfolded in front of them.
However, despite the fine result, all thoughts remained with Young Stars rider Darren Mallett (pelvis/shoulder) and the away team’s James Sarjeant (arm and suspected concussion) who were both taken away in ambulances to the town’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The pair collided horribly in heat nine as Lynn’s guest locked up and left his Coventry counterpart with nowhere to go.
Both hit the deck with a sickening thud, after colliding, none more so than Rob Lyon’s guest for the night who smashed into the concrete infield. To add insult to injury, Mallett’s bike returned to plough into its owner who was left on his back for a lengthy period.
After an hour delay the re-run saw Kerr and Jason Garrity collide as the drama continued. Thankfully it didn’t get any worse as the catch fence, in place for stock car racing, prevented the latter’s bike from careering into the spectators as it cleared the air fence. And as the strangeness continued, Kerr nearly didn’t win the third attempt as he stopped after misreading the flag that was waved to exclude his opponent. But he did triumph eventually on another great night for Norfolk’s rising talent.
The Bees had arrived in Nelson’s County with a fantastic record on the road – but they were blown away by a side who have been excelling on whatever type of shale they compete on. The visitors couldn’t get a race win, let alone a heat advantage as the hosts powered into a nine-point lead after five on their own dirt.
That gap would have been even superior had Lynn, on a 5-1 in the opener, not suffered the blow of Niels-Kristian Iversen’s machine packing up at the end of lap three. Yet it certainly didn’t look like it was going to matter too much with Porsing crossing the line first. And his victory was replicated by Kerr, Kenneth Bjerre, Lambert and Iversen as the Stars showed why they are being tipped to stay at the summit.
Hans Andersen and Chris Harris inspired the Bees to their first heat advantage and race win but that was quickly overturned a couple later – and they only had themselves to blame. Kyle Howarth and Ryan Fisher were in front coming out of the first bend but the former – who was doing his best to look like he was riding a bucking bronco all evening – lifted and almost threw himself into the ground. That wild lift pushed his team-mate wide and Rory Schlein and Lambert passed.
And from then, not for the first time this term, Lyon’s in-form Stars never looked back.
Lynn: N-K Iversen 8, N Porsing 10+1, R Schlein 9+2, R Lambert 7+2, K Bjerre 7, L Kerr 13+2, D Mallett 0
Coventry: H Andersen 9, S Robson 2, R Fisher 2+1, K Hansen 4, C Harris 12+2, J Garrity 4+2, J Sarjeant 2