Topinka bids for full set
King's Lynn Stars skipper Tomas Topinka bids to complete a full set in tonight's prestigious Pride of the East showpiece at the Norfolk Arena.Lynn's Czech marvel eyes a personal hat trick after finishing second and third in the last two installments of this annual duel.
King's Lynn Stars skipper Tomas Topinka bids to complete a full set in tonight's prestigious Pride of the East showpiece at the Norfolk Arena.
Lynn's Czech marvel eyes a personal hat trick after finishing second and third in the last two installments of this annual duel.
Topinka must overcome reigning champion Davey Watt and a host of young talent headed by Australian U21 star Chris Holder.
“It's an enjoyable meeting - hopefully I can clear that final hurdle,” he said. “There's no team pressure on us so the boys can just go out and race. It's a meeting I always look forward to. Everybody in our team is capable of winning. Davey obviously knows his way around and Chris has done very well this season, but there are others as well.”
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Former home favourite Paul Lee makes his competitive return after an injury-wrecked year.
“I thought initially I'd only be out for six weeks,” said Lee. “Unfortunately the operation went wrong and I've ended up being out for more than a year. I was really desperate to get back so let's hope I can score a few points.”
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Topinka believes his old ally is guaranteed a warm welcome from the Saddlebow faithful.
“It's great to see him back after all the injury problems,” he said. “I know he's had a few laps around the Arena to build up his fitness. Hopefully he can get five rides under his belt.”
Lynn's inspirational captain underlined his own credentials with a battling display to reach last month's Premier League riders' championship final.
“My form's quite good at the moment,” he said. “Things were going quite well up until the last couple of weeks when I blew my King's Lynn engine. It's just been repaired so now I've got the chance to get some meetings to tune it up for the end of the season.”
Stars co-promoter Jonathan Chapman promises a meeting to remember for all the right reasons after last year's wash out.
“King's Lynn speedway really knows how to put on a show,” he insisted. “We've built up the entertainment side over the past few seasons. We'll have vintage bike races and a magnificent firework display at the end. It's an exciting line up with a couple of races featuring four Stars riders. I think they'll be looking to prove who's best. On current form my money's on Daniel Nermark or Troy Batchelor.”
Admission prices: adults £13, concessions £10, juniors (12 to 15) £4 with free entry for children aged 11 and under.
Parade 7.30pm, first race 7.45pm.
Line Up: Kevin Doolan, Troy Batchelor, Trevor Harding, Daniel Nermark, Tomas Topinka, Chris Mills, John Oliver, David Howe, Davey Watt, Chris Holder, Paul Lee, Theo Pijper, Shaun Tacey, Mark Jones, Tai Woffinden, Jason King.