Photo gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 53, Lakeside Hammers 40
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Lynn remain in control of their play-off destiny after picking up all three points at home to Lakeside tonight.
There was no drama in heat 15 this time out as the Stars ensured their fourth-placed opponents returned home to Arena Essex with nothing to show for their efforts.
Dane Lasse Bjerre forgot his blank against the same side last week to pick up a fine paid 10 with captain Mads Korneliussen bagging 11. But it was the sport's darling Tai Woffinden who scored a huge 15 – and claimed a stunning last-race win with a sweet pass on Chris Harris to leave Lynn knowing maximum wins in their final three meetings will almost certainly secure a place in the end-of-season shootout.
Much like last week, the Stars got off to a shocker. But this time it was even worse as the visitors slammed in four maximum 5-1 race victories in the first five to open up a mammoth 10-point lead.
Chris Harris, riding for Lakeside, won the battle of the British guests as he beat Lynn's replacement for Niels-Kristian Iversen for the second week running – and world championship leader – Woffinden in the opener. And things didn't improve as the hero of seven days ago Nicklas Porsing suffered a heartbreaking engine failure at the death in his first outing to miss out on a guaranteed two points. The only brief respite for the slow-starting Stars was a 5-1 of their own in the third as the mechanical gremlins decided to climb aboard Lewis Bridger's equipment.
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Staring a heavy defeat in the face the hosts team boss Rob Lyon had to do something. He did by handing Woffinden the black and white helmet. Going for double points, he was always likely to add six to Lynn's total. But it was the supporting role from Bjerre, who ushered him home, which saw Lakeside's lead shaved from 10 to three in one fell swoop.
That pivotal 8-1 was boosted by a 5-1 as the action continued with Porsing winning heat seven for the second week running. The Stars has turned the meeting on its head – again.
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The home faithful continued to have plenty to cheer as captain Korneliussen kept up his decent night with a couple of wins and Woffinden showed why he's one of the best in the world. His triumph in the 10th, which saw Bjerre hold off the fast-charging Bridger brilliantly, saw the top-four outsiders take a seven-point lead into the break.
That stayed the margin right up until heat 14 when Richie Worrall and Porsing – who picked up an absolutely crucial second by sweeping around the outside of Bridger off turn four superbly – made the result of the last race pretty immaterial.
Lynn (number of rides): Tai Woffinden 15 (5), Lasse Bjerre 8+2 (4), Mads Korneliussen 11 (5), Richie Worrall 6+1 (4), Rory Schlein 7+1 (4), Nicklas Porsing 5+1 (4), Lewis Kerr 1 (4)
Lakeside: Chris Harris 14 (6), Piotr Swiderski 5+1 (6), Lewis Bridger 5+1 (5), Cameron Woodward 6+2 (5), Tyson Nelson 2+1 (3), Richard Lawson 8+2 (5)