Bears given a mauling

PUBLISHED: 10:59 01 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:13 04 March 2010

Premier League

Redcar 38 King's Lynn 54

KING's Lynn welcome Redcar to the Norfolk Arena this evening confident of a quickfire double after storming to their first Premier League win of the season at the Teessiders' South Tees Motorsports Park last night.

Premier League

Redcar 38 King's Lynn 54

KING's Lynn welcome Redcar to the Norfolk Arena this evening confident of a quickfire double after storming to their first Premier League win of the season at the Teessiders' South Tees Motorsports Park last night.

A powerful all-round team effort allowed the Stars to carry injured Kozza Smith and still run out 54-38 victors at a track where they have never lost in six attempts.

Gutsy Aussie Smith was a surprise inclusion after sustaining severe bruising in a crash at Coventry on Monday but while he struggled to just one point, his team-mates all managed at least one race win and together took the chequered flag in no fewer than 11 of the 15 heats.

Skipper Tomas Topinka and recent signing Linus Eklof gave the men from Saddlebow Road the perfect start by taking maximum points in heat one from Redcar's former world champion Gary Havelock and ex-German international Robbie Kessler.

Jan Graversen kept the momentum rolling by taking heat two with Smith falling but remounting to take third place and, although the Teesiders hit back with a 4-2 of their own, four points was as close as the home side came thereafter.

Topinka took the second of his three race wins in heat five, then teenage sensation Darcy Ward scythed between both Bears' riders on the opening lap to win heat six before Emiliano Sanchez led a 4-2 with Chris Schramm to extend Lynn's advantage to six points in heat seven.

Eklof, in only his third match for the Stars after signing to replace injured Christian Henry, enhanced his rapidly growing reputation by passing Kessler to win heat eight.

Then Schramm and Sanchez stepped up the pressure again by increasing the lead to 10 points with a 5-1 two races later.

Even double points scoring tactical rides for home stars Carl Stonehewer and Ben Wilson failed to narrow the gap and when Topinka edged a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle with Ty Proctor on the line in heat 13 it all but sealed a superb victory for the Stars.

Sanchez, beaten only by Stonehewer in heat three, combined with Graversen for another Lynn maximum in the penultimate race to ensure manager Rob Lyon's team returned to East Anglia with a maximum four league points.

Stars promoter Buster Chapman pointed out that Redcar still have the armoury to trouble Lynn at home - most prominently Proctor, who lowered the Teesside circuit's track record in heat four - but the signs look good for another victory tonight (7.30pm start).

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