Sixteen riders ready to do battle for Elite League Riders’ Championship glory at King’s Lynn track
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Three of the world's best racers may no longer be in attendance but King's Lynn is still set to stage more top-class two-wheel action this evening.
The Norfolk Arena – a track which has staged World Cup meetings for the last five years – will tonight host the Elite League Riders' Championship. And although Tai Woffinden, Darcy Ward and Lynn's Niels-Kristian Iversen will not be competing, 16 more riders are ready to do battle for individual glory at Saddlebow Road.
World champion Woffinden has pulled out to boost his chances of hanging on to his prized crown ahead of Saturday's penultimate round of the 2014 Grand Prix series while home favourite Iversen is injured and ex-Star Ward is still banned for failing an alcohol test earlier this term before a meeting.
Woffinden told SpeedwayGB.Com: 'This is the logical decision, but I was hoping I could do it. I missed it last year and I have to miss out again, so hopefully I will be back to ride in it in 2015.'
Lynn's Kenneth Bjerre yesterday also confirmed his withdrawal from the event as he bids to be fit for Saturday's GP in Stockholm, Sweden – and more importantly the Stars' home semi-final play-off first leg against Poole Pirates on Monday.
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Bjerre's absence paves the way for team-mate and talented 16-year-old Robert Lambert to take part in the event, more commonly known as the ELRC. He will be gunning for glory alongside club captain Rory Schlein – the current holder of the championship. The Aussie has won two of the last three titles.
There will be 20 qualifying heats with the top-two points scorers progressing to the final. Those that finish third to sixth will race in a semi-final. The top two from that will progress to the final, the winner of which will be crowned ELRC champion.
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Line-up, subject to change: 1 Bjarne Pedersen (Eastbourne), 2 Davey Watt (Lakeside), 3 Matej Zagar (Belle Vue), 4 Maciej Janowski (Poole), 5 Chris Harris (Coventry), 6 Vaclav Milik (Poole), 7 Richard Lawson (Lakeside), 8 Hans Andersen (Coventry), 9 Peter Kildemand (Swindon), 10 Dakota North (Swindon), 11 Rory Schlein (Lynn), 12 Jacob Thorssell (Wolves), 13 Jason Doyle (Leicester), 14 Danny King (Lakeside), 15 Troy Batchelor (Swindon), 16 Robert Lambert (Lynn).