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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers kick-off their start to the new Elite League season with three home points, after a 56-36 victory over the King’s Lynn Stars at Arena Essex.
Lakeside dominated the early heats which played the part in securing the Hammers victory with three 5-1 maximums in the first third of the meeting.
Neils Kristian Iversen won the opening race of the afternoon, as he proved to be Lakesides headache with Andreas Jonsson in hot pursuit to be beaten by half a wheel’s length at the finish to split the heat 3-3.
The opening reserve race needed a rerun, as Carl Wilkinson collided with Lewis Kerr which swept out Rob Mear as a result. Mear then put the throttle down and took the rerun with Kerr in support to take Lakesides’ first maximum of the season.
The hosts made it back-to-back 5-1’s, as Kim Nilsson got his first race victory with Lewis Bridger holding on for second on his Elite League return – to take an early 13-5 lead.
Richard Lawson grabbed his first win, as he got to the first bend in front and capitalised but Kerr struggled as he slipped out of the points as Mads Korneliussen took second and Lewis Rose third.
The Hammers then got back to the race maximums in heat five, for their third of the night as Piotr Swiderski sped to victory and Mear snatched second on the final bend off Kai Huckenbeck.
King’s Lynn then played their tactical ride, with Iversen in the chequered helmet. Bridger was unfortunately excluded for stopping the race after his fall, so Lawson stepped up for damage limitation as Iversen took his second victory of the day and Lawson secured second – for a 2-7 heat with the score at 23-16.
Lakeside won the next two heats courtesy of Nilsson and Lawson but split both races to maintain their seven-point advantage.
The home side then opened up their lead once again, as Swiderski got his second race victory and Mear once again put up a fight to take third for a 4-2 lead.
Nilsson got his hat-trick of wins in heat 10, as the Hammers finally found a route past Iversen and Bridger aided in third to open up a 11-point lead at 37-26.
Heat 11 was full of drama, as Rory Schlein was excluded for stopping the race. On the rerun Robert Lambert looked to have clipped Swiderski, as the race was stopped again but all three rider’s returned.
On the third attempt, the race was stopped again as Lambert was then disqualified for causing the race to stop as Swiderski fell again. The Hammers then battled it out between themselves for a 5-0, as Jonsson won with Swiderski settling for second and opened up a 16-point advantage with the scores at 42-26.
The next three heats were split 3-3, as Mear rode a superb race to take his afternoon double. Iversen grabbed his hat-trick of victories in race 13 and Korneliussen took heat 14.
The Hammers finished in fine style for their fourth and final maximum of a glorious afternoon at Arena Essex, as Lawson took victory and Nilsson second – to complete the 56-36 overall win.
Lakeside now take the dash to Norfolk for the second leg of the Good Friday double to face King’s Lynn at the Adrian Flux Arena, in search of some vital away points.
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The Lakeside Vortex Hammers claimed all three home points as they avenged The King’s Lynn Stars 51-39 after a great team performance on Good Friday at Arena Essex.
Richard Lawson was the star performer of the meeting with a paid maximum and three victories over GP star Neils Kristian Iversen.
King’s Lynn started where they left off on Tuesday night, in heat one Iversen passed Kim Nilsson on lap two to victory and take an immediate 4-2 lead.
‘The Hammers’ responded with the first maximum in the reserve race as Lakeside asset Adam Ellis lead from the first bend and was supported by guest Steve Boxall, to lead 7-5.
Richard Lawson won heat three, backed up by Mikkel Bech in third to open up a four point lead.
Lakeside continued their third consecutive race win as Edward Kennett won. ‘The Hammers’ were on for a 5-1 until Boxall overcooked it on lap 3 and span out of control, to settle for a split heat.
Nilsson redeemed himself from heat one to take the victory as he held off young starlet Robert Lambert and Lewis Kerr in heat five, to lead 17-13.
In heat six, Iversen stopped the rot to grab his second race win but was only enough to split the race as Kennett and Bech followed.
‘The Hammers’ opened up an eight point advantage with a superb maximum in heat seven. Lakeside’s number one Andreas Jonsson led from the front but Lawson had to hold off the in-form Rory Schlein on the back straight to the line.
Heat eight was shortly stopped as Kennett swept out Lambert but Kennett brushed himself off and won the re-run for his second race win out of three, for another split heat.
Heat’s 9, 10, 11 and 12 were all split with Lakeside taking all four victories, Nilsson took his second race victory in heat 9. Lawson claimed his second out of three- in heat 10, followed by Jonsson in heat 11 to maintain the eight point lead 34-36.
In heat 12 guesting Boxall grabbed an important victory as he lead for the majority of the race until Kerr overtook him entering lap four but Boxall dug deep and passed him on the next bend, to keep the advantage.
‘The Hammers’ extended their lead further with a 4-2 race win as Lawson grabbed his third victory supported by Jonsson in third, to lead 44-34.
King’s Lynn pegged Lakeside back in heat 14 as Schlein lead from the first bend and was backed up by reserve replacement for Nicklas Porsing, Kevin Doolan in third.
In the nominated heat, ‘The Hammers’ already secured the three home points but wanted to deny ‘The Stars’ of a point in the final heat. The Lakeside duo replicated heat seven as Lawson won followed by Jonsson to take a third maximum to finish in style.
Heat 01: Iversen, Nilsson, Lambert, Jonsson 2-4 (2-4) 60.0
Heat 02: Ellis, Boxall, Kerr, Morris 5-1 (7-5) 61.1
Heat 03: Lawson, Schlein, Bech, Bjerre 4-2 (11-7) 60.1
Heat 04: Kennett, Doolan, Morris, Boxall (R) 3-3 (14-10) 61.0
Heat 05: Nilsson, Lambert, Kerr, Ellis (R) 3-3 (17-13) 59.5
Heat 06: Iversen, Kennett, Bech, Bjerre 3-3 (20-16) 59.4
Heat 07: Jonsson, Lawson, Schlein, Doolan 5-1 (25-17) 59.9
Heat 08: Kennett, Kerr, Lambert, Boxall 3-3 (28-20) 60.5
Heat 09: Nilsson, Doolan, Kerr, Ellis 3-3 (31-23) 59.3
Heat 10: Lawson, Iversen, Lambert, Bech 3-3 (34-26) 59.2
Heat 11: Jonsson, Bjerre, Schlein, Nilsson 3-3 (37-29) 60.2
Heat 12: Boxall, Kerr, Morris, Ellis (R) 3-3 (40-32) 60.1
Heat 13: Lawson, Iversen, Jonsson, Bjerre 4-2 (44-34) 59.3
Heat 14: Schlein, Kennett, Doolan, Bech (R) 2-4 (46-38) 59.4
Heat 15: Lawson, Jonsson, Schlein, Iversen 5-1 (51-39) 59.7
The Lakeside Hammers end the league leaders King’s Lynn Stars 14 meetings unbeaten run with a 47-43 home victory at Arena Essex on Friday.
The Hammers came from an eight point deficit in heat six to overturn that into an eight point lead going in to the last heat.
The only consolation for the leaders was that they went back to Norfolk with a point which they picked up in the final heat.
Niels Kristian Iverson took heat one after he passed Richard Lawson off the first bend and the race win with stand-in captain Richard Lawson and Peter Karlsson following in second and third.
Adam Ellis lead off the first bend in heat two but Lewis Blackbird went by to take heat two with Ben Morely in third. Scott Nicholls guested for the away side and picked up three points in his first race as Rory Schlein followed for an early 7-11 lead.
King’s Lyn extended their lead to 15-9, as Blackbird stepped in and held off a great effort from The Hammers guest Ben Barker who had to settle for second. Heat five was split as Schlein won from the start as Karlsson and Lawson could not find a way round.
Nicholls gained his second win of the night and added to the Stars lead as Barker settled for second again as the visitors stretched their lead to eight points.
Lawson started The Hammers comeback in race seven as he held off Robert Lambert and Adam Ellis kept hold of third to draw the score back to within six. The real meeting changer was heat eight with Mikkel Bech and Barker’s 5-1 victory after Jan Graversen fell on the first bend which brought the score to 23-25.
Race nine was split after Blackbird beat Morely to the line with Ellis in third. The Hammers kicked on again and lead for the first time in the evening in heat ten as ‘The Awesome’ Richard Lawson with the victory and Bech held off Lambert all the way to the line and a two point advantage 31-29.
Karlsson increased the home side’s margin to four as he won race 11 but Iverson passed Bech to avoid the 5-1 which left the score at 35-31. Lawson and Morely reversed their eight point deficit to an eight point lead as Lawson allowed Morely to take the victory on the line.
The table toppers fought straight back with a 5-1 themselves as Iverson won and Nicholls supported in second after he passed Karlsson which brought the score to 41-37.
The Hammers were rewarded for their hard fight back with a guaranteed two home points going in to the final heat as guest Barker sped to victory followed by ‘Southend Sensation’ Ben Morely with the score at 46-38.
The final heat made sure The Stars went home with something to show for their efforts with an away point as Nicholls won another race with Iverson in support for second to complete the meeting at 47-43.
The Lakeside Vortex Hammers were delighted ending the away sides unbeaten run and finish the month unbeaten themselves. As they now have a deserved two week break until they welcome Wolverhampton Wolves to the Arena on the 5th of July.
Heat 01: Iversen, Lawson, Karlsson, Graversen 3-3 59.4
Heat 02: Blackbird, Ellis, Morley, Rose 3-3 6-6 60.1
Heat 03: Nicholls, Schlein, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 7-11 59.2
Heat 04: Blackbird, Barker, Graversen, Morley ret 2-4 9-15 60.3
Heat 05: Schlein, Karlsson, Lawson, Lambert 3-3 12-18 59.3
Heat 06: Re-run Nicholls, Barker, Iversen, Bech 2-4 14-22 59.0
Heat 07: Lawson, Lambert, Ellis, Rose 4-2 18-24 59.5
Heat 08: Bech, Barker, Schlein, Graversen frem 5-1 23-25 59.4
Heat 09: Re-run Blackbird, Morley, Ellis, Rose 3-3 26-28 60.3
Heat 10: Lawson, Bech, Schlein, Nicholls 5-1 31-29 59.3
Heat 11: Karlsson, Iversen, Bech, Lambert fell 4-2 35-31 60.1
Heat 12: Morley, Lawson, Blackbird, Graversen 5-1 40-32 61.1
Heat 13: Iversen, Nicholls, Karlsson, Barker 1-5 41-37 59.3
Heat 14: Barker, Morley, Blackbird, Lambert 5-1 46-38 59.8
Heat 15: Nicholls, Iversen, Karlsson, Bech 1-5 47-43 59.2
The Lakeside Hammers had a disappointing defeat to King’s Lyn Stars 45-48 in front of the Sky cameras at Arena Essex Monday.
Neil Vatcher put their loss down to “too many riders didn’t win enough heats” as they lost an eleven point lead and top spot of the Elite League, which could be a vital meeting come end of the season.
King’s Lyn Stars used rider replacement for the evening sharing rides in place of Kenneth Bjerre who was out injured, which made the difference as Neils Kristian Iverson rode the last four of the six races.
The Hammers bumped in to an in-form Neils Kristian Iverson who took heat one off Richard Lawson going into the last lap and snatched a 3-3 as Peter Karlsson slipped in third.
Heat two was much of the same as Lewis Kerr won with ease with Adam Ellis and Ben Morely unable to chase him down for another split race.
The following heat had The Hammers first win as Captain Davey Watt came through but Mikkel Bech was unable to assist him, as both sides were level.
King’s Lyn gained the first advantage in heat four as Nicklas Porsing gated quickest and won as Lewis Bridger got second but Lewis Kerr grabbed third to give the visitors the edge at 11-13.
Races five and six were level but the visitors won both heats as Rory Schlein and Iversen again won from the first bend with The Hammers unable to find a way past the King’s Lyn front runners.
Heat seven was the revival for the home side as Richard Lawson revved to victory followed by Adam Ellis. Lewis Rose fell early in the race and 15 year old Robert Lambert had a mechanical problem but decided not to pass the finish line, until influenced by his team to get the point which was stripped from them giving The Hammers a 5-1.
Race eight swept up another 5-1 for the home side as Davey Watt won and Lewis Bridger’s overtake early on over Rory Schlein gave The Hammers a 27-20 lead.
Heat nine was a third conceutive 5-1 for the home side as Ben Morely won with ease and assisted by Adam Ellis.
However the tide turned in the tactical ride as Iverson was slipped in to blow the home side out the water and bring the visitors within six as they got a 2-7 win.
Iverson rode again in heat 11 and won his fourth of the night backed up in second by Robert Lambert to bring them within two points at 35-33.
The Hammers restored some calm as Richard Lawson won race 12 and was aided by a great race from Ben Morely to open their lead back up to six.
The former Moto GP rider Iverson won his fifth race in the meetings final stages and nicked a 4-2 heat victory to close the gap again.
Race 14 summed up the night for The Hammers as Adam Ellis fell on the last bend of lap two but the referee awarded the 5-1 heat to the visitors for Robert Lambert with Lewis Rose in second.
The final heat was all level at 43-43 giving King’s Lyn the fortune of a guaranteed point before the race. The away side took inspiration from their secured point and snatched all three match points as Iversen made it a maximum 21 points and got a 4-2 last race win with Schlein in third, to conclude the match at 45-48.
Heat 01: Iversen, Lawson, Karlsson, Porsing 3-3 Time: 59.40
Heat 02: Kerr, Ellis, Morley, Mallett 3-3 6-6 Time: 60.20
Heat 03: Watt, Lambert, Schlein, Bech 3-3 9-9 Time: 59.70
Heat 04: Porsing, Bridger, Kerr, Morley 2-4 11-13 Time: 59.90
Heat 05: Schlein, Bech, Karlsson, Lambert 3-3 14-16 Time: 59.20
Heat 06: Iversen, Watt, Bridger, Porsing 3-3 17-19 Time: 59.00
Heat 07: Lawson, Ellis, Lambert – Retired 5-0 22-19 Time: 60.90 (Mallett – Fell / Excluded)
Heat 08: Watt, Bridger, Schlein, Porsing – Retired 5-1 27-20 Time: 59.60
Heat 09: Morley, Ellis, Kerr, Mallett 5-1 32-21 Time: 60.50
Heat 10: Iversen – Tactical Ride, Karlsson, Schlein, Lawson 2-7 34-28 Time: 59.80
Heat 11: Iversen, Lambert, Watt, Bech 1-5 35-33 Time: 60.40
Heat 12: Lawson, Morley, Kerr, Porsing 5-1 40-34 Time: 60.40
Heat 13: Iversen, Karlsson, Schlein, Bech 2-4 42-38 Time: 59.70
Heat 14: Race Awarded: Lambert, Kerr, Bridger, Ellis – Fell / Excluded 1-5 43-43 NO TIME
Heat 15: Iversen, Watt, Schlein, Karlsson 2-4 45-47 Time: 59.80