Rebels left reeling by Topinka’s class
King's Lynn 56, Somerset 36 (Lynn won 102-80 on aggregate)Lynn dished out a Premier League beating last night to title rivals Somerset.Tomas Topinka (five ride maximum) led the champions from the front against a Rebels' outfit missing Magnus Zetterstrom - Somerset's heat leader absent with a sick bug.
King's Lynn 56, Somerset 36 (Lynn won 102-80 on aggregate)
Lynn dished out a Premier League beating last night to title rivals Somerset.
Tomas Topinka (five ride maximum) led the champions from the front against a Rebels' outfit missing Magnus Zetterstrom - Somerset's heat leader absent with a sick bug.
Aussie rules replaced the much hyped battle for Swedish supremacy between Zetterstrom and Lynn compatriot Daniel Nermark after their early season dust-up.
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Somerset tracked high calibre guest Chris Holder for Zorro and the World U21 favourite inflicted Nermark's first defeat on home shale in 12 races.
Trevor Harding exacted revenge to out gun the Isle of Wight racer in a titanic heat 11 affair - flying from the traps to cut across Holder before repelling his countryman's late assault.
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Topinka pounced to duck inside the Aussie World Team Cup star for a swift opener, exorcising any demons from a rare home maximum reverse against Redcar last time out.
James Brundle reeled in Simon Walker to edge the reserves with battling Benji Compton pick pocketing Danny Warwick for a point.
Nermark was confident enough to give the field a head start before powering past team mate Brundle in a heat three cruise.
Harding's impressive evening started with a flag in the next. Holder oozed class to scorch past Nermark - Lynn's Saddlebow star turn looking a mere mortal for once on home shale.
Topinka hit back with Chris Mills sneaking up the inside of Ritchie Hawkins for a decisive heat advantage.
Lynn old boy Emil Kramer delved into the memory banks to weave past Brundle and Harding.
Mills leaned on Stephen Katt to boss heat eight - Compton taking a bottom end tumble as high winds swirled around the Norfolk Arena.
Harding chased home Nermark for a rare maximum in a keenly contested first half. Topinka was again at his imperious best as Lynn turned for home.
Rebels' team boss Steve Bishop played his trump card with Holder deployed on a tactical raid.
Harding lay in wait, blasting from trap three to shut the door before hanging with Holder applying the pressure.
Lynn's Aussie deserved the plaudits on his lap of honour back to the pits. Nermark's heat 12 tutorial was the starter to another quality main course - Topinka edging Holder and Harding in a blinding first bend duel.
The red hot Czech re-emerged to land a rider replacement success - Brundle dusting himself off after a bottom bend spill to back up the captain in the re-run.
Topinka sat out the finale as Nermark turned the tables on Holder.
Stars: Topinka 15, Mills 7+1, Nermark 14, Harding 11+1, Brundle 7+2, Compton 2.
Rebels: Holder 13, Katt 4+1, Kramer 9+1, Frampton 0, Hawkins 3, Walker 5+1, Warwick 2+1.