Double defeat for King’s Lynn Stars as chief reveals he tried to get second meeting abandoned against Wolves
- Credit: Ian Burt
Promoter Keith Chapman revealed he had attempted to get King's Lynn's second meeting against Wolverhampton abandoned following the withdrawal of three riders.
The Stars, who started the night with six men due to Michael Palm Toft's Danish commitments, lost 58-34 then 41-21 after 10 heats of the double header against Wolves.
Tomas H Jonasson and Nicklas Porsing clashed in heat four of the opener with the Dane immediately withdrawing with concussion. Jonasson battled on but also pulled out of his last ride in heat 13 after feeling the effects of the spill.
Robert Lambert was the next to succumb with a knee injury that prevented his participation beyond the first meeting.
Referee Barbara Horley and both teams agreed to bring to a halt proceedings once a result had been achieved in the second clash but Chapman explained he had not wanted to run it.
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'I asked the referee because I wanted to give everyone their money back for the second meeting,' said Chapman.
'Rob Godfrey (stand-in team manager) asked as well, we all did. To me, it made sense to cancel the second meeting but it was not to be.
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'It was not our choice and of course, it was not good for us to run it. That said, some of the racing was so good, even in the second meeting. Some of the passes were phenomenal.
'We live to tell another story and let's hope it never happens again.
'It was a shame the way it went. When you lose two riders like that and you're already operating rider replacement, you've had it.
'I felt so positive about the night after Somerset and Leicester. We had put on a really good show at Swindon as well so I was really optimistic.
'Bad things happen and they all seemed to on the same night, even down to the pit gate going wrong and then my tractor blew up. That summed it all up for me.'
Chapman, who confirmed all adults and concessions presenting their tickets will be entitled to £5 refunds, also clarified the circumstances surrounding Lambert's withdrawal.
'Robert's knee came up like a balloon,' he added. 'He was hobbling around at the end with a support on so it would not have been fair to ask him to ride.'
Wolves controlled the first meeting from heat three. Lambert bagged second behind Rory Schlein on a tactical ride in heat six but Freddie Lindgren's four-ride full maximum and Jacob Thorssell's 16-paid-17 from six races paved the way to a comfortable triumph.
Under trying circumstances, Stars battled on with spectator and Buxton rider Ryan Kinsley answering the SOS to fill in for Porsing at number seven.
Josh Auty, the home side's strongest performer, took King's Lynn's only chequered flag in the second meeting.
King's Lynn 34: Robert Lambert 11+1, Josh Auty 9+1, Thomas Jorgensen 5+1, Kai Huckenbeck 4, Nicklas Porsing 3, Tomas H Jonasson 2, Michael Palm Toft R/R.
Wolverhampton 58: Jacob Thorssell 16+1, Rory Schlein 12+2, Freddie Lindgren 12, Kyle Howarth 9+1, Mark Riss 5+3, Nathan Greaves 4, Sam Masters R/R.
King's Lynn 21: Josh Auty 13, Thomas Jorgensen 5, Kai Huckenbeck 3, Ryan Kinsley 0, Michael Palm Toft R/R, Robert Lambert non-starter, Tomas H Jonasson non-starter.
Wolverhampton 41: Rory Schlein 10+2, Kyle Howarth 8+1, Jacob Thorssell 8+1, Mark Riss 7+1, Freddie Lindgren 6, Nathan Greaves 2+1, Sam Masters R/R.