Boost for King’s Lynn as Cook looks set to rejoin ranks after ban appeal

Josh Grajczonek will guest for King's Lynn against Wolverhampton Picture: Ian Burt

Josh Grajczonek will guest for King's Lynn against Wolverhampton Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn could yet be boosted by Craig Cook's inclusion in Thursday night's vital home meeting with Wolverhampton (7.30pm).

It is understood Cook's representatives have lodged an appeal against his 12-day ban with the Speedway Control Bureau and until a date for a hearing is set he is free to race on.

The news would also mean Lynn will have a full 1-7 as guest rider Josh Grajczonek, originally booked to replace Cook, will revert to being a replacement for skipper Robert Lambert.

It also means a revised riding order, with Cook slotting back in at number five and Grajczonek taking up Lambert's number one slot.

Cook was banned solely on video evidence which included a confrontation with a member of the Eastbourne track staff who appeared to approach him with a red flag when on the way back to the pits. There were also other areas of provocation which Cook will use in his defence.

There have been suggestions of a head-butt from Cook, but the video can also be interpreted more as an angry shoulder-barge.

Before the appeal was submitted, Stars boss Peter Schroeck said: "We would like to thank Josh for coming to the rescue.

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"Our options were limited and we're aware Josh had a rough night when he came here with Poole but he had bike problems which he sorted out.

"We need a positive feel about the place, the rest of the guys did a great job against Ipswich when we won comfortably last week.

"They will have to step up to the plate and I know we are under pressure against a very good Wolverhampton side but we'll be doing our very best, we promise that."

Wolves will be looking for a precious away win which would keep their top-four hopes alive, and they head into the meeting in good shape after a comprehensive win over Peterborough on Monday.King's Lynn: Robert Lambert R/R, Josh Grajczonek, Michael Palm Toft, Thomas Jorgensen, Erik Riss, Lewis Kerr, Nicklas Porsing.

Wolverhampton: Jacob Thorssell, Luke Becker, Rory Schlein, Nick Morris, Sam Masters, Kyle Howarth, Ryan Douglas.