King’s Lynn Stars never recover from poor start to crash to defeat at Belle Vue
- Credit: Ian Burt
Belle Vue 52 King's Lynn Stars 38
King's Lynn Stars were left shell-shocked on Monday night as Belle Vue blitzed their way to full league points following a storming start.
The Stars were on the end of five maximum scores in the first seven heats, as the Aces wrapped up the victory by the halfway point.
Robert Lambert was the only bright spark for the struggling Stars, while Niels Kristian Iversen was far from his dominant best, failing to win a race all night. A late rally ensured that Belle Vue did not claim a heat advantage from heat nine onwards, but the meeting was all but done by the mid-point.
Iversen passed pacey Max Fricke to ensure that the visitors were not on the end of a first heat maximum, but Belle Vue did record their first such score as Stefan Nielsen passed both Ashley Morris and then Lewis Kerr in the second heat.
Storming from the gates, Belle Vue raced to three consecutive 5-1s, as Kenneth Bjerre and Rory Schlein began the meeting off the pace.
Lynn were 14 points down and in serious need on a regroup at the first TV advert break, after being completely outclassed by a Belle Vue team who only had one win to their name coming into this meeting.
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And just when the Stars needed a big performance, up stepped young sensation Lambert. He raced away with heat five, showing enormous maturity. He was followed home by Kerr, who fended off the challenge of Fricke expertly. Still 10 points behind, Iversen was entrusted to ride off double points against Dakota North and Craig Cook. The fightback, however, was short-lived as guest rider North stormed to his second win of the night, while Cook made sure Iversen's double points were nullified.
Matej Zagar was looking comfortable for the Aces, as the deficit quickly turned from unassailable to embarrassing. Aces were ahead by 20 at the halfway stage. Even when Worrall was excluded for falling after leading heat nine, the Stars could not capitalise as Fricke ran away with the re-run.
Lambert romped to a commanding victory. But by this point, Belle Vue were coasting their way to maximum points. Kerr picked up a win, while Bjerre led home Iversen for an unlikely 5-1 in the latter stages. Schlein won the penultimate race, but the Stars were well and truly humbled.
Belle Vue: Matej Zagar 10 (4 rides), Max Fricke 5 (4), Dakota North [G] 9+1 (5), Craig Cook 13+1 (5), Scott Nicholls 4+2 (4), Steve Worrall 4+1 (4), Stefan Nielsen 7+2 (4).
King's Lynn: Niels K Iversen 8+1 (5 rides), Robert Lambert 9+1 (5), Rory Schlein 5+1 (4), Nicolas Porsing 2+1 (3), Kenneth Bjerre 6 (4), Lewis Kerr 8+1 (6), Ashley Morris 0 (3).