King’s Lynn braced for ultimate test
King's Lynn promoter Buster Chapman has described Coventry's line up as 'mind-blowing' ahead of tomorrow's Elite League shoot out at the Norfolk Arena. (7.45pm)
The Stars' play-off fate remains firmly in their own hands but Chapman is well aware the reigning champions have enough firepower to inflict only a second home defeat of the season.
Coventry again track Russian GP ace Emil Sayfutdinov who impressed on his domestic debut in May's 50-40 Saddlebow success for the hosts. The Bees can also call on Polish youngster Przemyslaw Pawlicki and proven Premier League performers Kenni Larsen and Ryan Fisher. British World Team Cup racer Edward Kennett will not race after being temporarily suspended by the authorities for using a modified silencer on his machine during Coventry's recent away meeting at Lakeside.
'Coventry are in the in-form team of the moment,' said Chapman. 'I am worried they could throw a spanner in the works in our attempt to reach the play-offs. We cannot afford to suffer any bud luck like we did last week and on top of that I believe all our riders must be on top form as Coventry's line up is mind-blowing and thy will be the toughest team King's Lynn have taken on this season.'
Kennett blamed a former member of his pit team for the mechanical error after being initially banned for a week by the authorities pending a full hearing.
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'I wish to state my deep regret and offer my sincere apologies to the fans, the management of Coventry speedway, the sponsors, and my team mates,' he said. 'I was unaware that I was using an 'illegal' silencer. It has been brought to my attention that someone within my team had taken upon themselves to tamper with the silencer without my knowledge believing their actions would give me an advantage. I am also extremely sorry to my team mate Nick Morris who suffered as a consequence having used my bike in heat 12.
'I have taken swift action to resolve this matter and the person in question is no longer in my employ, however, I would like to thank them for their support and commitment over the years but I cannot condone cheating. This has been a most unfortunate and upsetting incident.'
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Lynn make one change from the club's latest hard-fought home win over Swindon with Simon Lambert guesting for Czech reserve Filip Sitera. Stars' team boss Rob Lyon has pinpointed Coventry as one of the major threats to Lynn's play-off hopes. The hosts go into tomorrow's meeting ten points clear in third-place but the Bees have three meetings in hand in the battle to finish in the top four.
'They are all pushing hard and catching up with us. I feel that Eastbourne and Poole have secured their place and that only leaves two more to be filled,' said Lyon. 'While Peterborough are 14 points behind they have six matches in hand, Lakeside are six points behind and are there to catch us if we make any mistakes, while Coventry have three matches in hand.
'In my eyes Coventry are our biggest threat as they are on a run after winning away at Lakeside on Saturday, they only lost by ten points on their last visit and I believe they have found form since then and will be harder to beat them this time round, especially with Filip missing from the team due to official duties in the Czech Republic.'
• Gates open 6.30pm. Parade 7.30pm; first race 7.45pm.
• Admission prices: Adults �15, concessions �12, junior (aged 12 to 15 years) �5 with free entry for children aged 11 and under. Tickets can be purchased on the night or are available in advance from klstars.co.uk.
• Stars: 1 Kenneth Bjerre, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Olly Allen, 4 Mads Korneliussen, 5 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 6 Simon Lambert, 7 Tomas Topinka.
• Bees: 1 Emil Sayfutdinov, 2 Kenni Larsen, 3 Ryan Fisher, 4 Przemyslaw Pawlicki, 5 Edward Kennett R/R, 6 Josh Auty, 7 Nick Morris.