Elite League title hopefuls King’s Lynn Stars waste little time in returning to pole position
- Credit: Matthew Usher
King's Lynn Stars clearly didn't take kindly to being ousted from the top of the Elite League table – so responded in the best way possible, by flexing their muscles to romp to a healthy away win last night.
Rob Lyon's team had been temporarily deposed by Poole Pirates 24 hours earlier, but a 51-39 win at Leicester's Beaumont Park Stadium restored them to the spot they have held for most of the season.
And with the top dogs calling the turn in the play-offs selection, there is no better place to be than the leaders of the pack.
The Stars have suffered some blips of late, but it was strictly business in the Midlands.
They made their intentions clear from the outset of their penultimate away fixture.
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Kenneth Bjerre started the meeting off with victory in the opening race, but it was heat two when the Stars first gained an advantage after Lewis Kerr and Simon Lambert raced to a 4-2 win.
Heats four and five went the way of the home side who pulled out a two-point lead after the fifth, but Lynn were showing good speed around the Beaumont Park track and it paid off in the sixth when Bjerre and captain Rory Schlein put the Stars ahead once again with a 5-1 over former Stars rider Mads Korneliussen and Nicolai Klindt.
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Lyon's men continued to find race advantages and in heat seven, Nicklas Porsing claimed his first win of the meeting, ahead of Lions guest Sam Masters, with Kerr picking up third.
And Kerr was involved in moving the Stars eight points clear when he and Simon Lambert scored a 5-1 in the ninth race of the night.
Guest rider Chris Harris, who stepped in for the injured Niels-Kristian Iversen, won the 10th race of the night with team-mate Schlein just being edged out by Leicester number one Jason Doyle for second place.
After the interval the Stars continued to extend their lead with 4-2 race wins in heats 11 and 13 which moved them 14 points clear of the home side.
A final home advantage reduced the final victory margin for the Stars to 12 points, but most importantly they were able to get maximum points away from home.
Victory means the Stars now have a four-point lead over Poole with two meetings remaining.
They face Lakeside at the Norfolk Arena on Tuesday in their final regular season meeting at home and then, on Monday, September 22, they will travel to Belle Vue for their final away fixture before the play-offs.