Photo gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 49, Poole Pirates 41
- Credit: IAN BURT
Five-man Lynn bravely battled their way to another thrilling home victory in front of the Sky Sports cameras tonight.
With Simon Stead sidelined already, Mads Korneliussen was forced to withdraw from the meeting after taking a nasty tumble in heat eight to leave the Stars up against it. However, thanks in large to inspirational reserves Seb Alden and Richie Worrall, Lynn bounced back from their loss at Lakeside on Tuesday by securing their latest maximum-points Norfolk Arena success this season.
After a poor night in Essex, the Stars went into the meeting looking to respond and keep up their 100pc home record this term. Yet, with ex-Stars pair Darcy Ward and Maciej Janowski, plus world champion Chris Holder in town, it was going to take a special display to make it four home wins on the bounce in 2013.
They got off to a flier as Niels-Kristian Iversen and Alden, who had been so out of sorts at Lakeside the night before, stormed to a maximum 5-1. The pair left Ward for dead with Iversen clocking a hugely impressive time of 57.94sec – just 0.34 outside Nicki Pedersen's track record.
The electric action continued with Alden, Holder and Janowski all winning the next heats inside a minute. One part of the 'Turbo Twins', Ward, was beaten again in heat five as Korneliussen kept up his impressive form but Janowski looked determined to keep his side in it on his former shale by winning his second ride of the night.
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Rob Lyon's men took control in heat seven though when Rory Schlein and Worrall, on his home debut, lowered the colours of the world champ to clinch a 5-1 and put the Stars six ahead.
That lead remained even though Korneliussen's night ended early after being propelled into the fence by an out-of-control Dawid Stachyra in heat eight.
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Lynn's quintet battled on bravely in their captain's absence, despite the best efforts of Janowski who kept up his unbeaten night by pipping a brave Worrall on the line during a thrilling heat nine.
Iversen saw off Holder in heat 10, after tackling the grip on the outside of turn two to squeeze past the Pirates' ace on lap one, to help the hosts increase their advantage to eight.
Rohan Tungate took off Worral in 11, before Alden fell in 12, as an incident-packed evening continued with Lynn going into the nominated race six ahead – needing a 4-2 to take all three Elite League points.
And they did just that as Iversen breezed to his fourth triumph of the night with Schlein passing Janowski to pick up that all important point.
Lynn (number of rides): Iversen 13+1 (5), Korneliussen 5 (2), Klindt 2+2 (4), Schlein 8 (5), Alden 12+2 (7), Worrall 9+2 (7)
Poole: Ward 7+1 (4), Stachyra 1+1 (3), Holder 11 (5), Andersson 0 (3), Janowski 11 (5), Howarth 4+1 (5), Tungate 7+1 (5)