King's Lynn Stars 54 Belle Vue Aces 36: Ruthless Stars complete the job to reach their first Premiership final
PUBLISHED: 23:19 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 23:19 01 October 2018
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Composed King's Lynn made history by comfortably dispatching Belle Vue to reach the SGB Premiership final for the first time.
They cruised to a 54-36 second leg victory at the Adrian Flux Arena to complete an impressive semi-final aggregate success of 103-77.
The Stars roared to a pair of nerve-settling 5-1s to start, doubling their overall lead to 16 points, and they never looked back, with top dog Robert Lambert blasting to a four-ride paid maximum.
British champion Lambert helped Lynn stamp their authority from the off, finishing just half a second short of the track record with Erik Riss in support.
That shot in the arm came in a double dose with Michael Palm Toft trapping and Simon Lambert soaring up the inside of Aces guest Coty Garcia.
Steve Worrall shrugged off a pointless start to take heat three but the Stars comfortably packed the minor places.
Niels-Kristian Iversen suffered a fuel leak at tapes in his opener and while Tobiasz Musielak won at a canter, Simon Lambert and Palm Toft secured another 3-3 in the fourth.
Belle Vue hit back when Garcia emerged from a four-abreast first turn to win the fifth with Max Fricke holding off Ty Proctor’s pursuit.
Robert Lambert had to be resolute on the inside to force out Musielak and lead a 4-2 and while Iversen retired with conditions too grippy for his set-up, Palm Toft eased to victory in a 3-3.
The game was as good as up when Riss bombed around the outside from gate four with Simon Lambert surviving a wobble to take second and secure an 18-point cushion after eight.
Dimitri Berge just about held on to his bucking bike to lead home Musielak in heat nine as the Aces hit back but Robert Lambert steamed from third to first with initial leader Riss bagging a fourth Stars maximum in reply.
Iversen’s miserable night continued when he burst the tapes and Belle Vue made hay with Musielak and Fricke doubling up at the front in heat 11.
But Proctor won heat 12 to guarantee Lynn’s safe passage and Iversen then bounced back by firing around the outside of a tight first bend with Robert Lambert fighting for second from the back to protect his unblemished record on the night.
Jorgensen won heat 14 and then supported Riss to cap the success in style.
Tru Plants Stars 54: Erik Riss 11+2, Robert Lambert 11+1, Michael Palm Toft 9+1, Simon Lambert 7+2, Thomas Jorgensen 7+1, Ty Proctor 6+1, Niels-Kristian Iversen 3.
Belle Vue 36: Tobiasz Musielak 11+1, Steve Worrall 8, Max Fricke 6+2, Coty Garcia 5, Rohan Tungate 3+1, Dimitri Berge 3, Craig Cook r/r.