King’s Lynn racer Michael Palm Toft insists the league and cup double is there for the taking, writes Nigel Pearson.
The Tru Plant Stars face Swindon on Monday at the Adrian Flux Arena in the second leg of their cup
semi-final with a six-point deficit to make up.
And Danish star Palm Toft says the tie is up for grabs after their 48-42 defeat in Wiltshire on Monday.
He said: “We’re still very much in the cup and it felt good to have another good meeting for the team.
“Swindon is a track I always look forward to going to.
“I usually go well there and I normally score some decent points and it was no exception on this occasion.
“It was important I did as well because a few of the boys struggled.
“But that’s what makes us such a good team – somebody always seems to pick things up when one of us is having a bad night and not doing quite so good.
“Swindon can be a really tough place to go to because you have to make sure you’ve got some good speed in your bikes and gating has been more important there this season I think.
“We did okay in the end though and, like I say, we’re still in it. Six points is nothing really and the way we’ve been riding at King’s Lynn lately, it really is our fortress.
“So we’re feeling good that we can win this meeting overall but we know there’s still work to do to make sure we get the job done.
“We all know what we’re capable of at Lynn and we’d love to get through to the final.
“I think it’s important we put in another big performance, not only just to make sure we win overall but to keep our confidence going ahead of the play-offs.”
‘Now we need to kick on’ – Chapman
Stars owner Keith Chapman has praised his King’s Lynn riders for finishing top of the table – but insists it is now time for the hard work to start.
Chapman says it is a fine achievement to finish clear of Somerset, Poole and Belle Vue ahead of the play-offs – but he wants the title.
“I’d like to congratulate Dale (Allitt) and the riders on a fine achievement,” he said.
“It’s superb when you think about how far we have come from last season but we need to kick on from here and win the play-offs.”
The Tru Plant Stars head to Belle Vue on Monday, September 24, with the return at the Adrian Flux Arena on October 1.
“It’s tough to predict which way it will go but I’m looking forward to the play-offs,” said Chapman. “We could have another four home meetings left in the league and cup and we’re really excited by it.”
- The Tru Plant Stars Speedway Club has revealed a new hospitality package for the discerning individual and their partner or friends, which they have called All-Plus-One Speedway Hospitality.
For Monday’s Knockout Cup semi-final second leg against Swindon, fans can book a place in one of the hospitality suites at the Adrian Flux Arena by calling 01553 771111 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with contact details.
There will be a special night of speedway entertainment and hospitality for £40 per person (no concessions – credit and debit cards accepted).
The package includes:
• VIP parking
• Race night entry
• Prosecco on arrival
• Unlimited hot and soft drinks throughout the evening
• Inside viewing and a private terrace
• Luxury toilet facilities
• A choice of hot meal – cooked to order and delivered to the suite
• Visit to the centre of the track to view racing up close
Stars prepare to hit Robins for six of best
King’s Lynn will have to overturn a six-point deficit if they want to advance into the Knockout Cup final after Swindon came from behind to win 48-42 at The Abbey Stadium on Monday, writes Chris Milsom.
A close meeting swung one way then another before the Robins dominated proceedings after the interval.
Home strength in depth paid off with Polish star Tobias Musielak
top-scoring with 12 points, backed up by former Stars rider Troy Batchelor who scored 10+1.
The Stars’ Danish duo of Niels-Kristian Iversen (14) and reserve Michael Palm Toft (12+2) were the main performers for The Stars on a night that saw several of the usually more reliable riders struggle.
Team manager Dale Allitt said: “We had an aim of what we wanted to come to Swindon and do. In the worst case scenario we didn’t want to lose by more than 10 points.
“So while we’re a little bit disappointed not to hang on, six points keeps us well within this tie and sets up the second leg nicely. It’s still all to play for.
“Robert (Lambert) had problems with frames and things but he’s been absolutely fantastic for us all season long so there’s certainly going to be no backlash aimed at him.
“I’m sure that will fire him up even more for Monday though and he’ll be determined to put it right.
“We’re in this competition to win it.
“We know, based on recent performances at home, that we’re more than capable of turning this cup tie in our favour and progressing to the final.”
Stars at Swindon: R Lambert 5, Riss 5+1, Proctor (rider replacement), Jorgensen 4,
Iversen 14, Palm Toft 12+2,
S Lambert 2.