Stars deny Diamonds

King's Lynn 55, Newcastle 38 (Lynn won 100-83 on aggregate) Lynn repelled Josef Franc's one-man blitz last night at Saddlebow to pocket a Premier League win.

King's Lynn 55, Newcastle 38 (Lynn won 100-83 on aggregate)

Lynn repelled Josef Franc's one-man blitz last night at Saddlebow to pocket a Premier League win.

For once, Tomas Topinka was not the main Czech attraction - compatriot Franc (paid 17) anchoring a gutsy visiting effort from the Diamonds.

Topinka did inflict Franc's solitary defeat of a stunning night before the inform racer turned the tables in the finale - Newcastle's fifth consecutive winning flag in the closing stages.

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Benji Compton (paid six) warmed up for his Norfolk Arena guest slot against Sheffield tomorrow with a solid reserve display.

Mildenhall racer Kyle Legault (paid nine) repeated his Saddlebow return from last month's derby match-up on a cameo heat leader outing for Newcastle's injured Christian Henry.

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Stars' second string Paul Lee created a small piece of history - posting the Norfolk Arena's fastest ever individual lap time (14.23 seconds), recorded on British speedway's first real time electronic scoreboard.

Lee's heat four success typified Lynn's early burst - Topinka turning the opener into a procession after Carl Wilkinson hit the shale.

Compton expertly laid down his bike to avoid colliding with team mate Shaun Stoddart. Simon Lambert powered to victory in an intriguing re-run against the man poised to replace him for the Tigers' visit.

Franc's superb rearguard action foiled Daniel Nermark to interrupt the maximum onslaught. Lee restored order after Lambert's sublime trap allowed the general to swing around the outside.

Nermark hunted down Wilkinson - driving inside the fast-gating Newcastle rider to square off heat five.

The resurgent Chris Mills landed Lynn's fourth max but Franc sparked the Diamonds with a smooth tactical success, Lee and James Brundle forced into damage limitation mode.

Wilkinson swept inside Mills on a sweet line only for the home racer to respond with a bottom bend surge as the flag loomed.

Nermark's pre-interval cruise moved Lynn 17 clear but the Diamonds salvaged second half pride. Compton fended off the marauding Mills to back up Franc on the resumption.

Legault finally came to the party with back-to-back wins - celebrating heat 11 victory with a raised arm salute before serving up a gating masterclass to down Lee and Topinka two races later.

Franc edged out Nermark in a duel for the purists - Lynn's Swedish import climbing all over the back of his resilient opponent from the first bell.

Wilkinson caught Trevor Harding and Brundle napping to pinch the penultimate race, leaving Franc to win the battle of the big guns in the finale.

Stars: Topinka 10+3, Mills 8+1, Nermark 12, Harding 5+2, Lee 7+2, Brundle 7+2, Lambert 6+2.

Diamonds: Legault 8+1, Wilkinson 7, Franc 17, Raun 1, Compton 4+2, Stoddart 1.

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