King’s Lynn face tough Elite League bow
King's Lynn open their 2011 Elite League campaign tonight against a Belle Vue outfit spearheaded by Britain's grand prix ace Chris 'Bomber' Harris (7.30pm).
Lynn's new-look septet eased to an impressive aggregate challenge win over fellow new boys Birmingham last week but Rob Lyon takes his men to Kirkmanshulme Lane this evening for the real business with league points at stake for the first time.
Harris finished a couple of spots above Stars' number one Kenneth Bjerre in last season's grand prix rankings and Aces' team chief Jim Lynch is predicting big things from the man he first spotted as a teenager.
'Chris was a real raw talent when I signed him for Peterborough as a youngster.
'He was a very harum-scarum rider in those days but he was a lad with a big future,' said Lynch on the Cornishman who left champions Coventry during the protracted winter wrangle between the Bees and the sport's governing body.
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'We transferred him to Coventry in 2004 which I thought was the best place for him to go to progress at that stage of his career.
'Chris has gone from strength to strength since then to the situation where he finished number six in the world last year.
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'He is at the zenith of his career now and we've got him at Belle Vue. David Gordon and Chris Morton deserve a lot of credit for getting him to the club.
'I believe he could finish his career here because one thing is certain, the fans are going to love him if they don't already.'
Lynch confirmed Polish racer Tomascz Piszcz is eligible to ride tonight despite the on-going hardline stance adopted by the Polish speedway authorities over the introduction of new silencers for the 2011 campaign across the sport.
'King's Lynn look like they're going to be a formidable team at home but they were up against a Birmingham side that were off-form so it was hard to judge,' he said.
'I'm confident that we can put on a good show against them on Monday but I also think it'll be a good meeting at their track on Wednesday. We have clarified with the BSPA that Tomasz Piszcz has a start permit to ride for Belle Vue from Monday. He's not included in the ban that the Polish authorities have imposed because it only applies to those that haven't yet received a start permit.'
Stars' counterpart Rob Lyon admitted after his men's opening night home success against Birmingham he was delighted at how Lynn's riders adapted to the new regulations.
'The whole team rode brilliantly, they wanted to win and it is amazing how well they have bonded already,' he said.
'I must admit that I was originally apprehensive about the new silencers and what they would produce in terms of racing and rider control, but after the first meeting I do not see any major issues if they are here to stay.
'What seems to be clear is riders need to put a lot of extra time into getting the right set up and they may also need to change their riding styles to suit them, but in actual fact these could become a leveller and we could see some of the lower end riders progressing a lot faster, which in turn could create even better racing.'