This week's speedway action at Blunsdon promises to be a real corker, with the Swindon Robins entertaining King's Lynn on Premier League business. The Robins impressive record against the Norfolk outfit includes a hard-fought 46-44 victory at the Stars' Saddlebow Road home on 7 May this year, when Olly Allen headed the scoring on 14 points.

Swindon will obviously be looking to complete the double, but that clearly won't be easy as the visitors home circuit is a super-fast raceway similar to the brilliant Blunsdon track, so no doubt the King's Lynn boys will feel like they are riding in their own back yard. Emphasizing this, at the start of the campaign team boss Laurence Rogers assembled a solid septet based around three terrific heat-leaders in Tomas Topinka, Davey Watt and Shane Parker.

Czech ace Topinka has knocked-up close on 300 points for the Stars already to boast a current league average in excess of 9.50, and he recently gave a glimpse of his undoubted credentials on the world stage to reach the semi-final stage of the latest Grand Prix, held in his home country on 6 September.

Going even better than Topinka is colourful Australian Parker, who has spent the year also 'doubling-up' in the Elite League with Peterborough. Parker's current league average is over 9.60 for the Stars, and of course many Swindon regulars will remember the numerous guest appearances he made for the Robins in 1998.

Another Aussie completes the top-end in Watt, and he too has enjoyed a fabulous year with a league average of over 9.30 currently to his name. At No.2 is another man who needs no introduction to Swindon supporters, namely Adam Allott who did such a fine job in covering for the injured Ritchie Hawkins during a lengthy spell last season. Allott has hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks and could very well use his track knowledge to good effect.

The other second-string spot is filled by yet another Australian in Trevor Harding, and he too could be a danger man having netted 15 points when he appeared in the Conference League for Boston at Blunsdon earlier this season on 27 May. The final two slots in the King's Lynn side will be occupied by promising youngsters Darren Mallett and James Brundle, and at just 16 years of age, the latter must surely be the youngest team skipper in the sport.

Meanwhile, having ridden in the World Under-21 Final in Kumla, Sweden on Saturday, both Jamie Smith and Olly Allen are hoping to return to the Swindon line-up. Clearly looking forward to a keen on-track contest promoter Peter Toogood stated: 'The Swindon Robins will need to be on form for this one as the Stars possess some powerful top-end strength and look to be a very compact unit indeed.'

 

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