King’s Lynn racer aims to finish on a high

King's Lynn's in form racer Kozza Smith admits tonight's Premier League finale against Newcastle is lousy timing.

Smith followed up his impressive displays in the club's recent Young Shield exit with a deserved nominated outing in last week's Newport league win. The Aussie revealed he is also in line to feature against Newcastle for Elite League Ipswich in the upcoming promotion/relegation tussles to a campaign Smith does not want to end.

'It is a bit of shame that things are finishing just as I'm coming good,' he said. 'I had a few problems in heat 15 the other night but I have been riding well and I was happy with that meeting. I just want to keep this form up for the last few meetings and keep it going. I think it's just riding without any injuries. I spent most of last season out but this year I seem to be catching up to the form I was showing at the start of last season. I've got the whole winter to get fully fit and the Aussie season as well. I just love riding so I think I'll keep fairly busy.'

Smith is well aware the new play-off champions and KO Cup winners pose a stiff test in his attempt to finish the Stars' season on a positive note.

'We'll definitely have to be at the top of our game,' he said. 'They've won the play-offs, they are flying at the moment and we'll certainly have to pull our fingers out. They also won at our place earlier this year so we owe them one for that. It's our home track and we have to show we are the best around here.

'I've scored a few points, perhaps not as many as I would have wanted, this season and the consistency has been good. The goal I set at the start of the year I haven't quite met but that was probably a little unrealistic after such a long lay off. I felt good on the bike but the race fitness wasn't there until now which is a little bit too late. The Elite has gone pretty good as well so hopefully I can double up next year and we'll go from there.'

Smith will turn his attentions to individual glory after Newcastle with compatriot Kevin Doolan targeting a return from his injury-wrecked campaign in Saturday's Pride of the East showpiece.

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'I'll be going in confident and looking to win,' said Smith. 'I certainly never wake up looking to lose races so I want to give it my best shot and hopefully come away with the trophy. I'm sure he'll be a little bit rusty but knowing Kev he'll be on the gas. I'd say he wants to be back next year so he'll want to prove a point. I don't know his thoughts, but everyone knows he loves King's Lynn.'

Teenage National League racer Jake Knight gets another chance to impress at reserve for Cal McDade against the Diamonds.

Admission Prices: Adults �13, concessions �10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.

Stars: 1 Olly Allen, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Chris Mills, 4 Kozza Smith, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Adam Roynon, 7 Jake Knight.

Diamonds: 1 Kenni Larsen, 2 r/r, 3 Derek Sneddon, 4 Rene Bach, 5 Mark Lemon, 6 Dakota North, 7 Adam McKinna.