King’s Lynn Stars beat Leicester Lions to enjoy first 2015 Elite League success on the road
- Credit: Matthew Usher
King's Lynn raced to their first away win of the season at bottom club Leicester last night, with the 50-34 scoreline consolidating their position in the top half of the Elite League.
The opening three heats ended all square and the deadlock was broken in the fourth when Nicklas Porsing led into the first corner ahead of Simon Lambert and the Dane held on to his lead, with Lewis Kerr a comfortable third.
Lynn then won back-to-back races which stretched their lead to 10 points when first Robert Lambert and Ashley Morris reached the first corner ahead of the Leicester pairing and for two laps they team rode, finally pulling ahead.
Then Niels-Kristian Iversen demonstrated his liking for the circuit with a win in the sixth heat in the fastest time of the night and Kenneth Bjerre powered his way through the middle of Max Fricke and Szymon Wozniak on the exit of the pits bend.
The scoreline of 13-23 forced the home team into nominating Jason Doyle for a tactical ride but the decision failed to glean double points as the Lions' captain slid off before completion of a lap. In the re-run Rory Schlein and Porsing outmanoeuvred Bjarne Pedersen to record the Stars' third consecutive maximum heat win. The misery continued for Leicester in heat eight when Robert Lambert passed his namesake Simon after two laps and Morris secured third place.
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The sequence was arrested between heats nine and 11 when the Lions managed to share the points. Then came Leicester's first points advantage of the meeting and it only happened because Kerr's front wheel lifted on the exit of the fourth bend which allowed Josh Auty to overtake the Stars' reserve.
Iversen secured his third race win ahead of Doyle in the 13th heat and Bjerre held off his fellow countryman Pedersen for third place. The outcome extended Lynn's lead to 16 points. Schlein was a comfortable winner of the penultimate race before the meeting was abandoned due to rain which had been falling for most of the meeting.
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Leicester 34: Jason Doyle 8 (4), Mikkel Michelsen 0 (3), Max Fricke 7+1 (4), Szymon Wozniak 2 (4), Bjarne Pedersen 2+1 (4), Josh Auty 8 (4) and Simon Lambert 7+2 (5)
King's Lynn 50: Niels-Kristian Iversen 10+1 (4), Robert Lambert 8 (4), Rory Schlein 8+2 (4), Nicklas Porsing 5+1 (4), Kenneth Bjerre 7+1 (4), Ashley Morris 3+1 (4) and Lewis Kerr 9.