Rory Schlein hopes to fire after mechanical issues slow his King’s Lynn Stars’ progress

Rory Schlein in heat four against Coventry Bees recently - a night when he wasn't plagued by mechani

Rory Schlein in heat four against Coventry Bees recently - a night when he wasn't plagued by mechanical gremlins. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

King's Lynn's Rory Schlein admits he's working hard to ensure he doesn't endure another horror night like he did on Wednesday.

Mechanical issues plagued the Australian heat leader as he collected just four points from as many rides during the Stars' 51-39 home win over Eastbourne Eagles.

The 28-year-old was leading heats four and seven before bad luck struck forcing him to not finish either race.

Schlein joked, when asked if he'd run over a black cat on the way to the Norfolk Arena: 'I might have, I was asleep! I haven't had one of those nights for, well I've forgotten. We've done something internal in the number one engine, we don't know what, and we're going to have to send that back to Johnsy (Peter Johns, engine tuner). For the rest of the night we had carbi (carburettor) issues that we just couldn't resolve.

'We got a win in my last one (heat 13), the hardest race of the night, but it still didn't feel right. I was at my wits' end by the end, but all the lads pitched in again. I know we made it hard for ourselves – I feel a little bit responsible – but we still got the three points and that's all that matters.'

The former Coventry star, who spent last season on loan at Belle Vue, had looked to be finding his feet in new surroundings with two eights, and a nine, paid 10, at home to the Bees last week, in three of his first four outings. But after racking up his lowest score this term, the rider known as Roo Boy insists he's keen to bounce back immediately.

'Last week we were getting there. And I felt good on Wednesday as we had a good one in Poland at the weekend so confidence was high,' said the Aussie. 'We were in front in the first one but that's speedway. It can jump up and bite you in the backside at any given moment.

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'We'll go back to the workshop, try and find the issue with these carbis, and hopefully the engine's not terminal so we can fix it pretty easily and be ready for Tuesday.'

Schlein will be hoping for less trouble when the Stars ride in front of the Sky Sports cameras twice next week – at Lakeside on Tuesday and at home to Poole the next day.

Lynn have won four of their five meetings this term and picked up 17 points from their reserve positions against the Eagles – an area Schlein believes is doing his new team the world of good: 'All of us said we've got a side where everyone can score points. I did say Seb (Alden) was a trump card and it shows,' the Aussie added.

'You can see what he's doing at reserve. If he has to step up into the main body, whoever goes down, we're still going to have a strong reserve. If I'm not careful I'll be down there!'