Photo gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 51, Eastbourne Eagles 39
- Credit: Matthew Usher
The Stars breezed to another maximum points home win to keep up their flying start to 2013.
Lynn picked up their third win from three on their own shale thanks to another dominant showing in the latter stages of the meeting. It was Groundhog Day as Seb Alden won heat 11 and 12, like he did last week against Coventry, to push his side to a win which keeps them well placed towards the top end of the Elite League table.
Rob Lyon's Saddlebow Road outfit went into the meeting looking to keep up their 100pc home record this term, while Eastbourne were looking to pick up a first away win of 2013.
It looked like things were going to plan with Lynn storming into a four-point lead with a couple of 4-2 head advantages. However, the Eagles hit back immediately bagging two race wins by the same scoreline as the mechanical gremlins started.
Rory Schlein had heat four all wrapped up until his bike packed up on lap three and start his miserable evening. Ales Dryml threw in a retirement of his own in heat six as the meeting remained close.
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But it was the next race which will go down in memory for those who witnessed it – and not for the excellent racing. A furious Schlein's machine conked out again as he was leading to leave the visitors looking set for the first maximum 5-1 of the night.
However, Cameron Woodward was struck by the curse of bad luck as his bike spluttered to a stop. Yet, that wasn't the end of the Eagles' rider's race as – to cheers from a sporting home faithful – he pushed his bike around a whole lap of the track to pick up a precious third place.
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It had to be seen to be believed. But because he completed the circuit in one minute and 35 seconds, 25 inside the two-minute regulation, his monster effort got the rewards it deserved. And he took it all in the right spirit by crossing the line in a Supermanesque pose to the cheers of the Arena faithful.
The first 5-1 of the night followed as Simon Stead raced to a win, followed home by Alden, to turn the Stars' two-point deficit to a two-point lead after eight. But more technical issues made it all square when Nicolai Klindt, who had gone from first to fourth in the space of two turns, retired to leave the Eagles with a 4-2.
Some magic from Niels-Kristian Iversen, as he hit the first turn in fourth, put Lynn in control ahead of the interval. The Dane powered through a gap and stormed to first where he remained, tracked by Stead, to make it 32-28 at the break.
Alden's couple of wins immediately after the interval saw Lynn take control before Iversen's sublime pass up the inside of Bjarne Pedersen on the final turn of heat 13 helped Lyon's men go 14 points clear.
Eastbourne's first 5-1 in heat 14 gave them hope of nicking a point but Iversen's win, and Korneliussen pipping Pedersen to the line before almost running into Woodward who had shut off – which sparked a melee in the pits – secured the Stars' win.
Lynn (number of rides in brackets): Iversen 13+1 (5), Stead 7+2 (4), Korneliussen 9+1 (5), Klindt 1+1 (4), Schlein 4 (4), Alden 12+1 (5), Smith 5 (3)
Eastbourne: Pedersen 6 (5), Lahti 0 (3), Gustafsson 4 (4), Woodward 9+1 (5), Shields, 7 (4), Dryml 4 (4), Gizatullin 9 (5)
- A gallery of Matthew Usher's pictures will be added to this report soon.