Photo Gallery: Elite League: King’s Lynn Stars 58, Belle Vue Aces 32
The Stars warmed up for tomorrow's crucial A47 derby at Peterborough by hammering Belle Vue by a huge 26 points tonight.
Lynn claimed their second victory over the Aces in three days thanks to seven maximum 5-1 race wins as their play-off push showed no signs of slowing.
Not even Stars team boss Rob Lyon could deny that this week is a make or break one for his side. A maximum victory in Manchester against the Aces on Monday, which bagged the Stars four points, kicked off the crucial period with a bang.
But nothing less than three points in the evening's return clash at the Norfolk Arena, ahead of tomorrow's clash at fellow play-off chasing Peterborough, would do if Lynn were to keep their top-four hopes alive.
What followed was a procession-like stroll to victory as the Norfolk Arena outfit breezed to three 5-1 heat wins on the spin. The rock-bottom Aces looked woeful, running a series of thirds and lasts without really pushing Lynn in any of the opening heats as the Stars opened up a 12-point gap.
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It soon became a familiar sight - even when the Aces started to get their act together somewhat - from heat four. The first rider into the opening corner led the way to the race win. And it happened time and time again until the interval.
After some scintillating meetings at Saddlebow Road this season it was almost a shock to see a lack of exciting racing or any particularly daring overtaking manoeuvres.
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Mateusz Szczepaniak, Kevin Wolbert, Maciej Janowski and the visitors' Artur Mroczka were just a handful of riders who enjoyed victories without breaking sweat. Even a 4-2 race win for the Manchester outfit in heat five failed to raise temperatures, only reducing their deficit to 10 in the process.
Mads Korneliussen, Renat Gafurov and Mark Lemon hit the turf in awkward spills as three heats in a row were stopped. But those incidents came in particularly unspectacular circumstances too.
Unfortunately, Gafurov's crash in heat six saw him retire from the meeting with an injured shoulder, as the Aces uphill task became steeper. And just before their interval, there night was virtually over before it began.
On a tactical, and hoping to score double, Mroczka completely missed the gate and ran a horrible third, claiming just one point.
Belle Vue's big chance had been blow and Lynn went into the interval a whopping 16 points ahead thanks a 35-19 advantage.
The racing improved a tad after the break but an out-of-sorts Rory Schlein - who only scored four - messed up his tactical as a nightmare night for the Aces continued.
A hiding and four retirements had heaped misery on the visitors but they did salvage some pride by winning the final heat 5-1 - against a second-string Lynn nominated pair of Ulrich Ostergaard and Wolbert.
Lynn: Niels-Kristian Iversen 10+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 8+2, Maciej Janowski 10, Mads Korneliussen 6+3, Daniel Nermark 4+1, Kevin Wolbert 12+1, Mateusz Szczepaniak 8+2
Belle Vue: Rory Schlein 4, Ales Dryml 6, Patrick Hougaard 8+1, Mark Lemon 1, Artur Mroczka 10, Renat Gafurov 1, Josh Grajczonek 2+1