Danish racer Nicklas Porsing admits he found conditions difficult on his return to the Adrian Flux Arena against Peterborough
With the Norfolk circuit known as one of the grippiest tracks around, it can often be tricky to cope with and the 26-year-old said it may take him time to get “dialled in”.
Porsing said: “It can definitely feel foreign when you have had such a break but I said to my mechanic on the morning of the meeting, as we were practicing, that I hadn’t raced on a track under 380 metres this year.
“Of course it was great to start my return to Lynn with a paid win. I made a decent start with Lewi (Kerr) but I didn’t feel that confident on the bike all night. I felt much like the other riders were saying that it was tough conditions. It was actually quite difficult to feel comfortable on the bike.
“Although I scored points, I would have liked to enjoy my racing a little bit more feeling comfortable on the bike.
“I am working on that ahead of Monday. It is also to do with set-up as when I feel comfortable on the bike I should start scoring some good points.
“I don’t think we will have this sort of weather on Monday against Ipswich. I am hoping that we will have a smooth track that is not as grippy and there will be no excuses why I shouldn’t be able to have a decent meeting.”
Porsing says his main focus for the rest of the season is to help Lynn maintain their unbeaten home record.
‘I only scored paid-five against the Panthers but the team won, which is most important. There may be other meetings where I score double figures and other rides don’t score, which is just speedway for you.’
“I just want to see how things go and help Lynn gain some wins,” he said. “I only scored paid-five against the Panthers but the team won, which is most important. There may be other meetings where I score double figures and other rides don’t score, which is just speedway for you.
“I am just looking to get confidence back on the track this season and show that I am still fast around Lynn.”
Injured Lambert misses title defence
King’s Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt has revealed how Robert Lambert had to let his head rule his heart when withdrawing from Monday’s British Final at Belle Vue.
Lambert had been due to take his place at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester to defend his national crown – but he has suffered fractured vertebrae.
The Poultec Stars skipper had two huge spills in successive weekends abroad and, although he was desperate to race in the British Final, he reluctantly had to withdraw.
Allitt said: “He was talking to me about what he should do. He really didn’t want to pull out. But he has to be sensible, he’s a young man with a big, long future ahead of him and he has made the correct decision.
“I’m hoping it’s something connected with the injury he had in 2015 but we will know more in the coming days.
“We wish Robert all the very best and hope it won’t be too long before we see him back racing.”
Despite Lambert’s absence, there was still plenty of interest for Stars fans, with Craig Cook finishing in third place and Lewis Kerr crowning a magnificent return from injury by reaching the semi-final. Only a year ago he was confined to a wheelchair and said: “There has been a lot of hard work to get back to this in one year, but I had a good British final and made my first semi final.”
Charles Wright was crowned champion, with Danny King, who led the qualifying scorers, second.
Cook finished second in qualifying, with 12 points. Kerr gained eight, the same as former Stars rider Rory Schlein. Lynn regular Simon Lambert, scored one point.
Owner plays his part in derby victory
Jubilant King’s Lynn team manager Peter Schroeck has revealed how club owner Keith Chapman started work at 5am to prepare the track for the visit of Peterborough last Thursday.
The Poultec Stars looked comfortable with a 55-35 win but Schroeck insisted it was harder than the scoreline suggests.
“Buster (Chapman) was here at 5am to start getting the place ready,” he said. “The weather was tricky for everyone because it was so hot and with a clay base you have to be careful.
“But it’s another three league points and that’s all we can ask for. I’m really pleased with the result and the performance, I couldn’t ask for anything more from the boys.
“We managed to come good when it mattered most and I have to be happy with that.
“I also want to say thanks to the fans for their support, it meant a lot to the guys.”
It was a solid effort from the Poultec Stars with Craig Cook – who suffered a broken bone in his wrist the previous weekend – notching 10.
Former Stars man Ty Proctor top scored on his return to the Adrian Flux Arena with 12 for the Panthers.
Lynn started the meeting well with back-to-back heat advantages in Heats 3 and 4 to go six points up.
With rain falling, conditions became tricky as Erik Riss fell in the first staging of heat 9 and the visitors took advantage in the rerun to cut the deficit to four points.
But a 5-1 in Heat 10 for Robert Lambert and Michael Palm Toft, followed by three heat advantages in the last five races completed a convincing win.
Stars v Peterborough: Cook 10, Kerr 9+2, Lambert 9+2, Palm Toft 9+1, Jorgensen 8+2, Riss 7+1, Porsing 3+2.