Captain Robert Lambert has paid tribute to King’s Lynn hero Michael Palm Toft after his 18-point haul at Belle Vue on Monday.
Palm Toft has proved to be a real trump card at reserve for the Tru Plant Stars and a similar display at home on Monday will surely be enough to see them through to the play-off final.
Lambert said: “I think Tofty brought it back for us. He was exceptional.
“I managed to find my form towards the end by getting out of the starts and we were pretty happy with the outcome.
“In the first heat my back wheel nut split. As soon as I dropped the clutch the wheel was shaking, I held off but kept it going in case anyone else packed up.
“The track was different to what I would normally expect.
“I brought over an engine from Poland for the meeting and set it up in the same way as we had for the British Final.
“It didn’t work and took some figuring out but we got there in the end with some good speed.
“Because they (Belle Vue) had practiced in the day it turned out slicker than usual.
“They couldn’t prepare the track in the same way.
“I thought they had made the track slick for them but in the end that was to their disadvantage.
“The first thing was to stick together and to try to keep the deficit close.
“We knew we could still pull it back at home but we chipped away, got the lead and now have a good position.
“Now it is about making sure we are not complacent.
“We need to carry the same mindset as we had halfway through the Belle Vue meeting – act like we’re a few points down and clawing it back to build on that advantage.”
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The Tru Plant Stars put on a special show in front of the BT Sport cameras to overcome a 10-point deficit to win 49-41.
The Stars were 26-16 adrift after seven heats but a motivational team talk by team manager Dale Allitt saw them turn the meeting on its head, mainly thanks to the pocket-rocket reserve Michael Palm-Toft, who helped himself to a monster score of 18+1.
Robert Lambert and Niels-Kristian Iversen started the meeting slowly but found the right set up at the business end of the meeting and a crucial heat advantage in Heat 13 and a superb 5-1 in Heat 15 swung the pendulum in the favour of the Stars, sandwiching another away 5-1 in Heat 14, thanks to Palm-Toft and Thomas Jorgensen.
Team boss Allitt lauded Lynn’s stomach for the fight after their incredible comeback and said: “I think the track grade after Heat 8 did us a bit of a favour. It gave us time to adjust things because the surface was slicker than we thought it would be.
“We had to adapt because we were outmuscled early on but that was certainly not the case in the second half. We fought tooth and nail to claw it back bit by bit.
“We knew we needed to fight harder in every department, from the starts and from the back. Our first turns had to be harder and they were.
“We have said so many times that this team never knows when it is beaten. When you have that belief instilled in the team it takes an awful lot to break it.”
Stars at Belle Vue: R Lambert 10, Riss 3+1, Proctor 3+1,
Jorgensen 4+2, Iversen 7+2,
Palm-Toft 18+1, S Lambert 4.