King's Lynn racer in Doolan tribute
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn racer Kozza Smith believes Aussie mentor Kevin Doolan is a major factor in his impressive recent form.The EDP columnist has been a model of consistency during Lynn's recent unblemished run at the Norfolk Arena and in three consecutive road wins.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn racer Kozza Smith believes Aussie mentor Kevin Doolan is a major factor in his impressive recent form.
The EDP columnist has been a model of consistency during Lynn's recent unblemished run at the Norfolk Arena and in three consecutive road wins. Smith is quick to pay tribute to Doolan who continued his own points scoring surge with a paid eight guest slot in Lakeside's recent 58-37 Elite League win over Peterborough.
Doolan faces his previous club Workington tomorrow on the back of a 12 race winning streak in Stars' colours that has propelled him into the top two of the Premier League averages and the number one Lynn race jacket.
'He is looking unbeatable at the minute,' said compatriot Smith. 'He's popping out of the starts and he is gone. I hope he can keep it going and, for me personally, I want to be chasing him - I want to be the number one. I've been talking to him a lot this season in the pits during meetings about what sort of changes he is making and seeing if my mindset is on the same wavelength.
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'Over these last few meetings we've made similar changes to our set ups but I have done mine at different times in meetings. He is the more experienced person so it's good to bounce ideas off him and see if I'm going in the right direction. You know you can ask guys like Kevin and Tomas (Topinka) for help. That is what our team is all about. At the start of the year it was all a bit new but now everyone is gelling together, we know each other a bit more, and it's working well so long may it continue.'
Smith has been in Germany over the past few days after a brief respite following Lynn's hectic northern schedule.
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'I'm just over here trying to build up some bikes and hopefully put myself out there to get a few openings,' he said. 'It's really a case of if anything did happen for me I'm ready to go and compete somewhere. I've got a sponsor in Germany who has a bike workshop I can use. It's about 20 minutes from Strasbourg so I flew in from Baden Baden and it's a good opportunity for me as we just have the one meeting this week.'
Workington track Lynn old boys Chris Schramm and Rusty Harrison - which makes them a dangerous opponent for Stars' team boss Rob Lyon.
'On Saturday they lost at home to Sheffield but on Sunday bounced straight back with a 14 point away win at Newport,' he said. 'Schrammy was their highest scorer in that match and when you consider that he holds one of the highest home averages in King's Lynn's history and the fact that Rusty Harrison is riding at reserve, this will be a tough match.'
Lynn go into the meeting boosted by the news the club will face Newcastle in the Premier Trophy semi finals after Sheffield's Bank Holiday defeat at Birmingham guaranteed the holders a semi final spot. The Brummies face Rye House in the other semi-final. No dates have yet been announced for the two legged ties.
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