SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn Stars fans got the first glimpse of the 2014 side at press and practice on Friday at the Norfolk Arena.
All seven riders got some valuable track time to work on a few things ahead of the season.
New captain Rory Schlein said: “Some say it can be a burden but I was skipper at Belle Vue for a year and I’m old enough and mature enough to take it on,
“I know all the lads quite well so that will make it 10 times easier. So far it’s been good.”
λ The sun shone on a true sporting gentleman on Sunday as Mads Korneliussen celebrated 10 years in British speedway with his testimonial at the Norfolk Arena.
Newport, Swindon, King’s Lynn and Leicester took part and it was Korneliussen’s new club, Leicester, that won, with Lynn and Swindon joint second and Newport fourth.
Korneliussen even managed to pick up a win over great friend Niels-Kristian Iversen in heat 16 but Iversen had the last laugh, winning the top scorers race, beating Swindon’s Peter Kildemand into second with Kenneth Bjerre taking the last podium spot.
* In a meeting that had a football match atmosphere to it, the Norfolk Arena hosted the first pre-season International Cup with Poland’s Zielona Gora taking on a King’s Lynn Select.
Niels-Kristian Iversen powered home from the gate for an opening heat advantage for the Stars but it was Kamil Adamczewski who dominated at reserve for the visitors. He wasn’t scheduled to ride until the late withdrawal of the unwell Andreas Jonsson.
Lynn struggled from the gate apart from top scorer Kenneth Bjerre. Lewis Kerr will remember the meeting for a superb heat win in heat seven leading from start to finish holding of the fast chasing visiting pair, hopefully filling him with plenty of confidence ready for the new season, which starts on April 9 at home to Lakeside.
Stars: Iversen 10, Porsing 4, Woffinden 5+1, Schlein 4, Bjerre 12+1, Rose 2, Kerr 3.