Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 53, Swindon Robins 40
- Credit: Ian Burt
The Stars swept Swindon aside as they kickstarted a run of five meetings in eight days by securing another home victory.
Lynn made it three wins from three at the Adrian Flux Arena in 2015 and head back to Wiltshire for tomorrow's return against the Robins in high spirits following a 13-point triumph. The margin of glory could, and should, have perhaps been far greater had it not been for a mid-meeting and late rally from the visitors.
But in reality there was only ever going to be one winner from the moment the hosts rattled in three maximum 5-1 heat wins in a row to roar into a commanding position after just five.
Top gun Niels-Kristian Iversen looked as dominant as ever yet it was at reserve where the triumph was really secured thanks to the rampant form of Lewis Kerr. The 25-year-old hit the lofty heights he set last term for the first time this campaign to comfortably outscore both of his Robins' counterparts – which included former team-mate Lewis Rose – on the night.
The homegrown talent won four of his six rides, followed a compatriot across the line in the other, and only recorded a last against opposing guests Chris Harris and Dakota North – who was flying as he was going for double points.
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The latter's six-point victory almost halved the Robins' deficit and appeared to have set about a stirring fightback. Yet that resistance failed to materialise as Kerr and Robert Lambert smashed in a 5-1 before the interval to restore their side's lead back to double figures.
It was the manner in which the young Norfolk pair rammed home a max which surely knocked any slight remaining wind out of Alun Rossiter's troops' deflated sails. Kerr shot out of the traps and was gone, again, while Lambert was as powerfully bullish as ever. The 17-year-old's gym work over the winter has made him almost impossible to barge out of the way.
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Grzegorz Zengota certainly tried – although he perhaps should have worried more about trying to control his own machine – but the Stars' teenage talent made himself big, closed the door and sped away in pursuit of red-hot Kerr.
Boss Rob Lyon must have watched on with a smile on his face as he took charge of the Stars' senior side for the first time this season after a family holiday. Because he knows Lynn are yet to fully click. And when they do someone is going to get a real hammering.
Whether that's Swindon tomorrow evening – although they will be a much tougher nut to crack at the Abbey – Belle Vue on Monday or high-flying Coventry Bees on Wednesday, someone is going to feel the full force of the Saddlebow Road team's potential.
With a bit of luck it might arrive during Saturday's World Speedway League meeting in Gorzow, Poland. Yet without Iversen, riding for the hosts, it may prove to be a far more difficult proposition.
However, for the second home clash on the bounce, not all of the Stars' one-to-seven have fired together. Ashley Morris failed to trouble the Robins as he ran in a blank. Yet it didn't matter. Because Kerr covered for him and if he hadn't another of the outfit's other riders would have stepped up to the plate.
Lynn: N-K Iversen 13, R Lambert 6+2, R Schlein 6+2, N Porsing 6, K Bjerre 8+2, L Kerr 14+1, A Morris 0
Swindon: C Harris (Guest) 6, K Howarth 3, N Morris 11, G Zengota 3+1, D North (G) 8, L Rose 3+3, C Wright 6