Topinka crash pays heavy price

TOMAS Topinka’s last bend spill denied Lynn maximum Premier League points at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday night.

King’s Lynn 49, Workington 44

TOMAS Topinka’s last bend spill denied Lynn maximum Premier League points at the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday night.

Topinka and the unbeatable Kevin Doolan needed to secure any home advantage in the finale but the Czech paid a heavy price for trying to overhaul old team-mate Chris Schramm.

The Comet and another ex-Saddlebow racer Rusty Harrison weighed in with paid 30 on their former stomping ground to grab a rare visiting point.

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Doolan’s purple patch continued in the opener as he celebrated his promotion to the number one race jacket but Workington hit back in emphatic fashion.

Richard Lawson out muscled Casper Wortmann, with Harrison a willing deputy, before Schramm trapped alongside the impressive Craig Cook for consecutive away maximums.

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Topinka swept around the outside to repair the early damage as Danish finalist Peter Kildemand struggled on his Saddlebow debut.

Linus Eklof’s dogged trap repelled Andre Compton, with Kozza Smith sweeping underneath to nudge Lynn back in front.

Joe Haines turned the tables on Doolan in the next to move the hosts six clear but Schramm rallied for the Comets when he dragged his machine across the inner chalk line to deny Topinka.

Haines fired again to maintain his faultless first half but Wortmann had to cajole his sickly machine around the track for the minor spoils after Harrison hit the shale.

Kildemand served up a brief glimpse of the recent form that helped him gatecrash his domestic championship with a stunning out in eclipsing Lynn’s fast-gating duo Eklof and Smith.

Doolan and Schramm approached the tapes on the resumption with a palpable sense of expectation amongst the sizeable crowd - but it was Doolan scorching into turn one.

Haines dived into the Aussie’s slipstream to end Schramm’s bid to go through the card before celebrating another paid maximum haul with a wheelie.

Topinka’s deft defensive demonstration was half a lap from success until Harrison swept down the back straight to pass Darren Mallett - leaving Lynn’s skipper shaking his head over the line.

Workington’s wily team boss Ian Thomas deployed Schramm for an astute tactical in the next and the Norfolk Arena fans’ favourite obliged to reduce the arrears to just five points.

Doolan and Topinka formed a formidable heat 13 double act after Topinka and Kildemand initially hit the deck following a spot of first bend fisticuffs.

Harrison replied in kind to set up a grandstand finish but Lynn were yards from another maximum home win to maintain their title challenge when the skipper launched an all out assault on Schramm.

Stars: Doolan 14+1, Haines 10+2, Smith 6+1, Eklof 5+1, Topinka 9+1, Mallett 2+1, Wortmann 3.

Comets: Compton 4, Branney 0, Schramm 15, Cook 4+2, Kildemand 3, Lawson 4+1, Harrison 14+1.

Lynn’s scheduled Premier League trip to Newcastle today (Sunday) was postponed. Newcastle’s scheduled Premier League trip to Norfolk has been brought forward a day to Tuesday, June 22 to avoid a World Cup clash with one of England’s group fixtures.

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