Hampel inspires Witches to opening win
FORMER Grand Prix star Jarek Hampel inspired Ipswich to an East Anglian Trophy, first-leg cruise at the Norfolk Arena last night.The stylish Pole was a class apart with a perfect five-ride maximum to anchor an impressive all-round display from the Elite League visitors.
FORMER Grand Prix star Jarek Hampel inspired Ipswich to an East Anglian Trophy, first-leg cruise at the Norfolk Arena last night.
The stylish Pole was a class apart with a perfect five-ride maximum to anchor an impressive all-round display from the Elite League visitors.
Lynn team boss Rob Lyon got the tough tune-up he wanted for his new-look side ahead of next week's Premier Trophy curtain-raiser against Mildenhall.
Lynn captain Tomas Topinka fired in the opener to weave around Polish top order duo Robert Miskowiak and Piotr Swiderski.
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Chris Schramm dictated the reserves and then Kevin Doolan lent on Chris Louis down the back straight to delight a sizeable home crowd on a bitterly cold night.
John Oliver was drafted in for a reserve switch after Simon Lambert head-butted the tapes - Hampel flying clear with Schramm repelling Rusty Harrison's late onslaught for a Witches 5-1.
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Doolan conjured a magical heat five cut back to outfox Miskowiak after the all-action Smith hit the shale around the top bend but Hampel trapped from gate one to dip underneath Topinka in an East European duel to edge the next, with Shaun Tacey spinning out in the rear.
Hampel served up an encore in the re-run after Tacey was excluded.
Louis and Steve Johnston produced a tandem team ride to move Ipswich 12 clear at half way.
Hampel downed Doolan in a battle of the maximum men to quell faint hopes of a second-half comeback from the home team and Louis mastered Topinka on the restart before Oliver hung in for a gutsy second behind the improving Swiderski.
Doolan broke the visiting spell with a tactical foray to split the visiting pair after young German Tobi Kroner had dived into Louis' slipstream from the tapes.
Lynn squared heat 13 when Miskowiak ground to a halt with Hampel again turning on the afterburners. Smith earned his reward with a cute dive inside Schramm to chase home Johnston in the penultimate race.
Hampel was pushed all the way for his full set in a high octane finale before eclipsing Topinka on the last lap.
King's Lynn: T Topinka 11, S Tacey 2, K Doolan 12, K Smith 3, R Harrison 2+1, J Oliver 3, S Lambert 1.
Ipswich: R Miskowiak 4+1, P Swiderski 10+1, C Louis 10+1, S Johnston 7, J Hampel 15, T Kroner 5+1, C Schramm 7+1.