KING'S LYNN 43 REBELS 47

Monday August 07, 2017
The ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels produced a stunning performance to secure their third away win of the season with this 4-point win at King’s Lynn, the match going down to a last-head decider, with Rebels skipper Josh Grajczonek, who dropped just a single point to the opposition from his 5 rides, winning the final heat to ensure victory went Somerset’s way.

It was King’s Lynn who made the better start to the match to hold a 4-point lead after the first two heats, but a Grajczonek/Kerr 5-1 in heat 4 brought Somerset back on level terms with their hosts.

There then followed a succession of drawn heats, to the extent that the teams were still level at 27 points a-piece as the riders came to the tapes for heat 10, with heat 9 providing a bizarre turn of events as Kai Huckenbeck fired himself into the lead by passing Josh Grajczonek down the back straight on the opening lap, with Jake Allen holding third for the Rebels, only for Jake to come to grief on the 3rd bend of lap 2.

A 4-2 for the Stars looked on the cards, but going down the back straight on the penultimate lap, Huckenbeck's bike shed a chain, leaving Grajczonek to inherit the lead ahead of Palm Toft. To his credit, Huckenbeck managed to get his bike to coast across the line without being lapped, he then pushing his striken bike home for the best part of a lap to secure a point for the Stars.

Heat 10 saw King’s Lynn get their noses in front again when Robert Lambert and Thomas Jorgensen hit home a 5-1 for the home side to put the Norfolk team into a 4-point lead with the final third of the match to go, but the Rebels immediately hit back, a 4-2 courtesy of Cameron Heeps and Richard Lawson in heat 11 was followed by Somerset’s second maximum heat win of the night, a reserve switch by team manager Garry May in bringing in Lewis Kerr for Jake Allen paying dividends as Kerr followed team mate Wright home across the finishing line to put Somerset in the lead for the first time in the match, albeit by a narrow 2-point margin.

King’s Lynn brought the scores level again in heat 13, but a maximum 5-1 race advantage to the Rebels in heat 14, Patrick Hougaard having eyes in the back of his head in holding off Kai Huckenbeck for 2nd place, meant that Somerset would come to the tapes for the final heat knowing that anything other than a 5-1 heat win for King’s Lynn would see the Rebels leave Norfolk with the meeting victory.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man, and that man was Somerset skipper Josh Grajczonek, who had played the true captain’s role all night in dropping just one point to the opposition from his previous four outings, the Australian making a dream getaway from the tapes to control the race from the front to take the race win, and with it, the meeting victory for the Rebels.

KING’S LYNN 43: Thomas Jorgensen 12+1. Robert Lambert 9+2, Michael Palm-Toft 6+1, Tomas H Jonasson 6, Kai Huckenbeck 5+2, Josh Auty 3, Nicklas Porsing 2.
SOMERSET 47: Josh Grajczonek 13+1, Lewis Kerr 12+1, Cameron Heeps 9+1, Patrick Hougaard 7+1, Charles Wright 5+1, Richard Lawson 1, Jake Allen 0.

Picture: PHIL HILTON


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