In front of a gathering of dignitaries from the World Veteran Speedway Riders Association the Volvo Cars Poole Pirates turned in a vintage display to pour more misery on to rivals King’s Lynn, where the Pirates will head for tomorrow (Thursday), still with their play-off hopes alive.

Despite seeing both Australians, Jack Holder and Brady Kurtz, relegated from a potential opening 5-1, which they have consistently achieved in the past three meetings, to concede a 4-2, the Pirates were always in command thereafter going on to record eight maximums in the course of the meeting.

Timo Lahti was in sensational form, recording the second fastest Pirate time of the season when winning the reserves heat. His efforts to try and overcome the nominated tactical ride of Thomas Jorgensen in heat 5 went without reward but the Stars failed to maximise that opportunity as number one Robert Lambert stormed to the win.

But with captain Hans Andersen delivering a paid maximum with a very polished performance, and Brady Kurtz only dropping one further point after that opening heat defeat by Jorgensen the Pirates claimed the three points they were after, whilst fiercest rivals Rye House failed to gain anything from their trip to Belle Vue. Andersen admitted “it was a good performance tonight, we did what we had to do and we can move on to tomorrow and try and do the same. The play-offs are still there for us and we want to be there, that’s for sure.”

The Pirates appearance in Norfolk on Thursday will be the first of a double header for the King’s Lynn Stars, with Rye House following on after the Pirates’ contest. Poole will have Paul Starke back to the fold, after he was forced to miss the home meeting due to commitments with Peterborough. The Pirates now have a four point advantage over Rye House, but the Rockets still hold a meeting in hand.

Remaining fixtures for Poole and Rye House:
Thursday 31st August King’s Lynn v Poole
Thursday 31st August King’s Lynn v Rye House
Friday 1st September Somerset v Poole
Friday 1st September Rye House v Swindon
Monday 4th September Rye House v Leicester

Final Score: Poole 59 v King’S Lynn 33
Poole – 59: T. Lahti 16+2 (3,3,1,3,1′,3,2′), B. Kurtz 13 (2,3,2,3,3), H.
Andersen 11+4 (3,2′,2′,2′,2′), E. Kennett 7+1 (2′,0,2,3), J. Holder 7+1 (0,1,3,1′,2), J. Shanes 5+3 (2′,2′,0,1′) King’s Lynn – 33: T. Jorgensen 9+2 (3,4′,1′,0,1), J. Auty 7 (1,1,0,2,0,3), T. Jonasson 6 (0,2,3,0,1,0), M. Palm-Toft 5 (0,1,3,0,1), R. Lambert 5 (1,3,1,0), T. Aarnio 1 (0,1,0,0)