Newcastle dazzled by classy Stars
Speedway: King's Lynn 64, Newcastle 29 (Lynn won 104-79 on aggregate)Lynn dumped Newcastle out of the KO Cup to keep alive dreams of an historic treble.The reigning holders took four races to wipe out Sunday's first leg deficit before hitting fast forward to clinch a quarter final against Redcar in their bid to retain the trophy for a third straight year.
King's Lynn 64, Newcastle 29 (Lynn won 104-79 on aggregate)
Lynn dumped Newcastle out of the KO Cup to keep alive dreams of an historic treble.
The reigning holders took four races to wipe out Sunday's first leg deficit before hitting fast forward to clinch a quarter final against Redcar in their bid to retain the trophy for a third straight year.
Paul Lee stole the headlines again with a brilliant cut up the inside of Danish teenage talent Jonas Raun in a rocket fuelled heat seven duel.
Lynn's second string then cheekily headed skipper Tomas Topinka in a textbook heat 13 tandem success as Lynn coasted to the finish line in style.
Newcastle came to fortress Saddlebow spoiling for a fight - despite the eventual emphatic defeat. Czech racer Josef Franc stunned compatriot Topinka in the opener for the battling Diamonds before landing a major heat 11 tactical raid.
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Raun turned in a gutsy Norfolk Arena debut before fading in the latter stages. Lynn old boy Ross Brady and Rye House Conference guest Robert Mear endured the stuff of nightmares with an embarrassing double blank.
Mear served up his best bucking bronco impression from the gate in the reserves - the returning James Brundle and Simon Lambert enjoying an armchair ride.
Raun swarmed over Trevor Harding in the next before settling for third. Lee glided round the super slick Saddlebow surface to square the aggregate.
Harding and Daniel Nermark trapped experienced racer Carl Wilkinson in a first bend pincer after the Diamond had blasted from the tape in a crackerjack heat five.
Lee raised the decibel level with a sublime chase to reel in the precocious Raun - bulleting out of the final turn to drag his machine over the line by a wheel length.
Mills bravely dived inside Wilkinson after the Diamond took no prisoners tight to the fence before class act Nermark toured round on a pre-interval parade.
Raun bailed out after the restart when Mills jumped in to defend Topinka with the Danish starlet launching an impudent challenge to the maestro.
Diamonds' boss George English played a tactical card to halt the runaway Stars - Franc cashing in to full effect despite Lee's fearsome onslaught.
Nermark's third flag of the night killed any faint hopes of improbable late drama. Topinka came to the party with a breathless heat 13 team ride - scorching from gate one to hold up the Diamonds duo while Lee ducked underneath to fly clear.
Harding and Brundle showed plenty of nous in the penultimate race but Lynn's Aussie ace had to feed off scraps behind the dogged Franc and Mills in the finale.
Stars: Topinka 9+2, Mills 11+2, Nermark 11+1, Harding 11+3, Lee 11, Brundle 5+2, Lambert 6.
Diamonds: Franc 13, Wilkinson 4, Raun 6, Brady 0, Henry 4, Mear 0, Stoddart 2.