Peter Schroeck is pleased to be involved in speedway again after being given the opportunity to manage at King’s Lynn.
The German took charge of the Poultec Stars to allow Dale Allitt more time to recover after being unwell.
And it seems the former Rye House boss has had a positive effect as they secured back-to-back wins against Poole and Ipswich.
Schroeck said after Monday’s win over Ipswich: “I am really pleased because, if I’m honest, I was a bit nervous.
“Obviously it is a high-pressure job and I wanted us to continue what we had done down at Poole.
“I travelled to Dorset to be with the team – and what a performance!
“I was so impressed with the attitude of the boys. They get on great together and they were very welcoming of me. I thank them for that.
“It was a tight meeting at Wimborne Road with the lead going backwards and forward between the teams.
“At the end of it, the boys we put forward in Erik Riss and Robert Lambert got us the win. And it was exactly the same with Ipswich.
“I know how important it was to come home against Ipswich and have a win in a local derby.
“It is a hell of a confidence boost for the whole team.
“The league is so close now, I don’t think that anybody is going to run away with it.
“It is one of those situations where it is going to be tight everywhere we go.
“You really have to be focused on what you’re doing and you just have to take advantage of everything that goes wrong for the other team.”
It has been just under a year since Schroeck was last involved in speedway with Rye House but he says the sport has always been in his blood.
“For those of you who don’t know, I came across here from Germany and rode.
“Speedway is in my blood. I feel sad about what happened to Rye House because I had a great time there but that’s now almost a year ago and it’s time to move on. I cannot think of anywhere better than here at this great club.”
Schroeck steps in as team manager following a two-match stint under Scott Campos, and Stars owner Keith Chapman said: “I thank Scott for his efforts as caretaker manager. He is a great friend of the club.
“But we felt we needed more stability during Dale’s absence and Peter has come along and grabbed the opportunity.
“We look forward to working with him.”
Derby boost for Premiership
Poultec Stars owner Keith Chapman says the rivalry with Peterborough and Ipswich will only benefit the Premiership.
King’s Lynn head to the East of England Arena on Monday (6.30pm) for what promises to be an entertaining Bank Holiday clash against the Panthers.
Chapman said: “I believe the Premiership is a better product because of the rivalry between the three clubs.
“Monday will be tough for the boys and they’ll need to have their set-up spot on.
“The track record has been broken there twice in their three meetings so far and that underlines how much riders enjoy going there.
“You need rivalry in sport and I thought it was great to see both Peterborough and Ipswich make the step up.”
Monday’s meeting has been switched to 6.30pm to avoid a clash with the Peterborough United v Sunderland football game at 3pm.
Revenge is so sweet for super Stars
After opening the new season with two defeats, the King’s Lynn Poultec Stars bounced back with revenge victories over Poole Pirates and Ipswich Witches.
Poole zipped into an early lead on the south coast in Thursday’s Premier Shield second leg but a fired-up and back-on-song Kasper Andersen grabbed a crucial 5-1 with Erik Riss in Heat 8 to draw the sides level.
It then got even better as Robert Lambert got his mojo back to reel off three successive wins.
That included two maximum heat wins in Heats 13 and 15 with Thomas Jorgensen and the consistent Riss.
That rounded off a fine 46-44 win for the Stars, although it was the hosts who hung on for the aggregate win, 94-86.
Fans’ favourite Thomas Jorgensen was back on form in Monday’s East Anglian derby rematch against Ipswich.
The Dane helped himself to a paid maximum to help the Stars to a 52-38 success.
It was sweet revenge for the Stars as they erased the memories of the 59-31 defeat in Suffolk at the start of the month.
The meeting also saw a return to form of reserve Michael Palm Toft, who scored 11 points.
The Stars took the meeting by the scruff of the neck from Heat 7 onwards with a run of 5-1 advantages.
Cameron Heeps top scored for the visitors with 10+1 from six rides and only found support from fellow reserve Jake Allen, who scored nine from five rides.
Stars v Ipswich: Lambert 10+1, Riss 7+2, Jorgensen 14+1, Kerr 6, Proctor 4, Palm Toft 11, Andersen 0.
Stars at Poole: Lambert 11, Riss 9+2, Jorgensen 5+2, Kerr 5, Proctor 5+2, Palm Toft 5+1, Andersen 6+1.