Elite League speedway: King's Lynn beat Lakeside Hammers 47-45

Last Updated: 20/05/14 8:51am

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Niels-Kristian Iversen scored another maximum to help King's Lynn Stars inflict a first home defeat of the season on the Lakeside Hammers and leapfrog their opponents to the top of the Elite League.

The Danish ace, who scored a maximum 15 points as his team beat Swindon Robins in the Elite League last Thursday, won all six of his races on Monday to post a massive 21 points as the Stars won 47-45.

The victory saw King's Lynn pick up three Elite League points to move to the top of the table, but the visitors had to do it the hard way, coming from 11 points down after Heat 9 against a Hammers team who had won all seven of their previous contests at home in the league this term.

Nothing could separate the two teams after the first three heats before the visitors won the fourth 4-2 to take a 13-11 lead.

After two more level heats, Lakeside then moved in front for the first time in Heat 7 in bizarre circumstances when neither of the King's Lynn riders finished.

First, Darren Mallet crashed and was excluded from the re-run before Robert Lambert was adjudged not to have finished the race behind winner Richard Lawson and second placed Adam Ellis after suffering mechanical failure.

The 16-year-old was set to come off the track when he stopped at the pit gate and turned around to complete the race. However, he was adjudged to have finished the race because of an outside influence and was not awarded a point, meaning a 5-0 result to the Hammers, who stormed into a 22-19 lead.

The hosts won the next two heats 5-1 to establish a commanding 11-point advantage - 32-21 - but Iversen scored double points in the next to hand his side a 7-2 heat and reduce the arrears to 34-28, and then he won the next with Lambert in second to post a 5-1 heat and bring the Stars to within two points at 35-33.

Again, the Hammers hit back with a 5-1 heat of their own to establish a 40-34 lead before Iversen won once more in a 4-2 result to help make it 42-38.

"It's one of these meetings which really gives confidence that we can win away and definitely now we know we can get any team in the league and it is good for us."
Niels-Kristian Iversen on win at Lakeside Hammers

Lambert and Lewis Kerr were leading in the penultimate heat when the hosts' Ellis crashed and stayed down, but the referee awarded the points at the time of the stoppage - 5-1 - to make it level 43 apiece heading into the final heat.

The imperious Iversen held his nerve to win again, with the Stars skipper Rory Schlein also claiming third to make it a 4-2 heat to the visitors, who now sit top of the table with 28 points from their opening ten outings - two points ahead of the Hammers, who have raced five more times.

Afterwards, Iversen told Sky Sports: "We managed to pull it out in the end and I think we can be really happy about that.

"It's good to win on one of these tracks but it's always tricky to come here - they have a really good team, especially at home.

"It's one of these meetings which really gives confidence that we can win away and definitely now we know we can get any team in the league and it is good for us."

In other action, Belle Vue beat bottom of the table Birmingham 51-39 to earn three Elite League points.

Birmingham pushed Belle Vue hard and could have pinched a consolation point with the right result in Heat 15 - but they suffered a 5-1 reversal.

Paul Starke was the top scorer for Birmingham with a fine display from reserve, as Scott Nicholls (13+1) and Craig Cook (11+2) top-scored for The Aces.

Wolverhampton edged out local rivals Coventry 47-43, and they needed a brilliant maximum from Piotr Pawlicki to see them home.

Two heavy downpours moments before the meeting was due to get underway threatened to put the fixture in doubt, yet track staff performed heroics to ensure the clash went ahead.

Despite the conditions, Polish hotshot Pawlicki went through the card in fine style whilst Swede Jacob Thorssell dropped just one point.

World champion Tai Woffinden was again far from his best with paid 9 - but the home side still managed the win - although Coventry did take a point, as they produced a solid display.

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