King’s Lynn prove too strong against spirited Eagles

Joonas Kylmakorpi.
Joonas Kylmakorpi.

The Eastbourne Eagles were disappointed not to gain any points after a spirited performance at King’s Lynn on Wednesday night.

Joonas Kylmakorpi was certainly the star of the show from a Sussex perspective, a superbly taken 16-points erased the painful thoughts of his previous visit, Eagles first travelling engagement of the campaign and one that saw him ruled out of much of the early part of the season through injury.

Eastbourne skipper Cameron Woodward also gave a fine account of himself with two wins included in his nine-point (paid 10) tally but all in all it wasn’t to prove sufficient to trouble the Stars for whom reserve Mateusz Szczpaniak proved a revelation with an impressively crafted 13 points.

The Eagles were certainly short-handed as they utilised the rider replacement facility for the injured Lewis Bridger.

They also drafted in Coventry’s Ricky Wells and former Eagle Chris Schramm as guest replacements for Lukas Dryml and Denis Gizatullin respectively, both riders absent fulfilling continental engagements.

A strong show in the early part saw them lead following a fourth race 4-2 and a fifth heat 5-1 and although the home side hit back immediately the Eagles would keep them within reach, just six-points separating the teams as late as the end of heat 11.

The hosts began to flex their muscles at that juncture.

A 5-1 in the 12th saw the margin stretch to double figures and although Woodward and Kylmakorpi were destined to lead the field in each of the final two races, it would be the Stars who extended their overall lead that bit further to 12-points.


Stars: Szczpaniak 13+1(6), Schlein 11(5), Wolbert 7+3(4), Janowski 6+2(4), Ostergaard 5+1(4), Korneliussen 5+1(4), Nermark 4+1(3).

Eagles: Joonas Kylmakorpi 16(6), Cameron Woodward 9+1(6), Timo Lahti 6+1(6), Ricky Wells (Guest for Lukas Dryml) 5+2(4), Simon Gustafsson 3(5), Chris Schramm (Guest for Denis Gizatullin) 0(3), Rider Replacement for Lewis Bridger.