Michael Palm Toft admits King’s Lynn need to keep their unbeaten home record if they want to reach the play-offs.
After losing at Wolverhampton on Monday, the Poultec Stars are running out of time to secure a top-four place with only three meetings left in their Premiership campaign.
Palm Toft said: “Our luck ran out against at Wolves but when you see other teams dropping points, it definitely means that points are still up for grabs.
“We just need to keep our fortress at the Norfolk Arena. We have hit the 50-point barrier in our last six home meetings and we need to see if we can also get something at Poole on Thursday.
“At home we’re pretty strong and you never know how much more we could have won with Robert Lambert in the team because he goes really well at Lynn. We have managed to cover him at home until now so, it is good to see him back.”
Palm Toft has really found his feet at Lynn and has proved to be a powerhouse at second string.
He said: “It seems to be working out for me. I have got my engines going now and with riding I seem to be happy on the bike, so it is working out for me now. I have still had a few mechanical issues, even when it doesn’t look like it on my scores, so hopefully I can kick on a bit more.
“I have been trying some new clutches lately and it seems to be working so, hopefully, I can keep it going.
“I have a different mindset to what others have at No.2 in the riding order. You have a No.1 against you in your first heat but I don’t see it like that. It is just another heat that needs to be won and you need the points for the team.
“I used to ride at No.2 when I rode for Belle Vue in 2014, so it wasn’t any different back then. I am used to it, I seem to like coming out in Heat 1, especially at Lynn.
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λ King’s Lynn face reigning champions Poole at the Adrian Flux Arena on Monday (7.30pm).
With their play-off hopes in the balance, the Stars know nothing less than a win will do against the Pirates.
However, the Dorset outfit have the best away record in the Premiership, with four wins and two draws, which means the home side will need to be at their best.
The hosts have injury worries going into the fixture after GB ace Craig Cook withdrew from their defeat at Wolverhampton through illness while No.1 Robert Lambert aggravated a back injury and Michael Palm Toft suffered an ankle injury.
Poole, meanwhile, travel to Norfolk at full strength with former Stars’ rider Tomas H Jonasson making his third appearance for the club after replacing Richie Worrall.
• Lynn racer Erik Riss claimed victory in Sunday’s Championship Riders’ Individual meeting at Sheffield’s Owlerton Stadium.
The flying German was in sensational form as he bagged his first major individual honour in British speedway.
He finished level on 12 points from the qualifying rounds with Leicester’s Ryan Douglas and Sam Masters, of Edinburgh.
Riss, who rides for Redcar in the Championship, won the semi-final, ahead of Danny King 10, Allen and Adam Ellis before seeing off Danny King, Douglas and Masters in the final.
Shell-shocked Stars hit by Wolves bite
It was a tough night for King’s Lynn at Wolverhampton on Monday as they slipped to a 53-36 defeat and finished two riders short.
Team GB captain Craig Cook was the first rider to withdraw from the meeting for the Poultec Stars before his scheduled Heat 9 ride. The same heat saw Michael Palm Toft suffer a nasty fall, after coming together with Nick Morris on the home straight. Luckily both riders where able to walk away from the incident, albeit gingerly.
Until then, the Stars had been still in with a chance but after the interval Wolves turned the screw.
A home 5-1 maximum in Heat 13, thanks to the in-form Jacob Thorsell and Sam Masters all but ended the Stars hopes.
Heat 14 was shared thanks to a win from Lewis Kerr but Wolves brought the curtain down on the meeting with another 5-1 advantage, this time thanks to Rory Schlein and Masters.
Stand-in Stars team boss Dale Allitt said: “Sometimes people make excuses when they lose but sometimes there are nights like we’ve had here where things happen that you can’t really control.
“Craig had a big issue and he simply couldn’t continue. He was in a really bad way and it was the paramedics who pulled him out.
“Palm Toft was in a horror crash and he’s now got an ankle injury, while Robert Lambert lifted in his second ride and hurt his back. He probably shouldn’t be riding but Robert’s Robert and he’ll always go and do his best.
“We threw the kitchen sink at them with what we had and I couldn’t ask for much more.”
Stars at Wolves: Lambert 4, Palm Toft 6+1, Riss 10, Jorgensen 1+1, Cook 3 withdrawn, Kerr 6+1, Ostergaard 6.