Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 47, Poole Pirates 46
- Credit: Ian Burt
An incredible last-heat advantage from Robert Lambert and Niels-Kristian Iversen preserved the Stars' unbeaten home record in 2015.
Words will never do the drama, and brilliance of the Lynn pair, justice for how they destroyed brave six-man Poole's hopes of breaching the Adrian Flux Arena fortress. But it's all people will be talking about for years to come, including those who watched the thriller at home on Sky Sports.
Rob Lyon's troops had pounced on the advantage of the Pirates' number one Chris Holder withdrawing from the meeting through illness by racing into a 10-point lead. Maciej Janowski's tactical ride points-scoring double kept his men in it but the Norfolk side still had a seven-point cushion at the interval.
That was overturned following the restart with Neil Middleditch's champions looking like they would be the first team to beat Lynn this season on their own shale – just like they did in 2014. And going into the final race they had a one-point advantage to hang on to.
The irrepressable Janowski and Dakota North flew out of the traps to leave Lambert and Iversen trailing in their wake. Given the form of the leader all evening, it looked almost impossible for him to be passed. Yet Lynn needed a heat advantage and in Lambert they had a man who thrived on the big stage again.
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The 17-year-old was forced to come right around the outside of North to charge after the former Stars rider in front of him. Although he was getting close, you could sense it was going to take something special to get past the man known as Magic.
As the crowd held its breath, the teenage talent threw his bike out into the dirt and hung on for dear life as it gained extra grip. The surge was enough to blast him past his opponent down the home straight. However, that excellent move on lap two would have counted for little had Iversen remained at the back.
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Yet somehow he dug equally deep to squeeze by North a lap later and kept his position until the end while his team-mate did the same out front. As their bikes crossed the line, the deafening roar from the ecstatic home supporters could probably be heard down on the south coast.
Lynn had saved the day and they'd done it in truly breathtaking fashion. It was apt that Iversen and Lambert were the two to do the business because they had been their side's best riders all evening. Nicklas Porsing, Ashley Morris, Vaclac Milik and Lewis Kerr all had their moments – but the night did not belong to them.
Kenneth Bjerre had one to forget as he scored an embarrassing paid three that saw him finishing behind Poole's reserves on the scoresheet. Janowski's haul of paid 19 showed that he is now a master of a track he couldn't fire on consistently when he rode for Lynn. But none of the above will really be remembered apart from heat 15; a time When Lyon needed his top gun and his brightest talent the most they, and of course they did the business.
It's hard to not get overwhelmed by Lambert's talent. To put too much pressure on him. But he's a born entertainer. And on last night's evidence, he'll continue to be box office for many, many, many more years to come – a fact Sky Sports must be absolutely ecstatic about. Lynn: N-K Iversen 9+1, N Porsing 8, K Bjerre 2+1, R Lambert 12, V Milik 5, L Kerr 7+1, A Morris 4+2
Poole: K Gomolski 6, D North 7+1, D Watt 7, M Janowski 18+1, P Starke 3, K Newman 5