Swindon recovered from a mid-meeting shock to defeat King’s Lynn 48-42 at the Abbey on Thursday.
The CFS Filtration Robins raced into a ten-point lead after six races only to be stunned by back-to-back 5-1s which helped bring the visitors level.
But a remarkable 5-1 in Heat 11 from Tobiasz Musielak and Zach Wajtknecht over Danish superstar Niels-Kristian Iversen re-ignited the Robins’ momentum, and they then marched on to three more Premiership points. The Nick Morris/Adam Ellis combination stormed to 5-1s in Heats 1 and 6 with Ellis looking particularly fast, and Troy Batchelor also won his opening two rides.
At 23-13 the Robins looked comfortable but Ty Proctor was then involved in two Stars maximums, combining with first Thomas Jorgensen and then Lewis Kerr to slash the gap.
A 4-2 in Heat 9 with reserve Kasper Andersen holding off David Bellego for third place levelled the scores, before a quality first lap from Morris to defeat Proctor in Heat 10 put Swindon back ahead.
The Abbey was then truly rocking as Wajtknecht collected arguably the biggest scalp of his career as he tucked in ahead of Iversen in Heat 11, and the youngster then pounced on a fourth-bend error from Proctor for third place in the next as Batchelor defied Robert Lambert’s tactical substitute ride up-front.
That gave the Robins an eight-point lead to defend into the closing stages, but the Stars fought on with a 4-2 in Heat 13 as Iversen edged out Musielak in a strong move for third place.
Bellego secured the Robins’ win with a smart cutback in Heat 14 to get the better of Jorgensen, although the visitors weren’t to be denied a league point as Iversen posted a dominant win in Heat 15 with Lambert supplying third place.
Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “We had a bit of a chat at the interval, obviously the inside gates were working slightly better, and we worked out where we wanted to go towards the end.
“I think Zach’s race was vitally important, and also in Heat 14, so it’s great stuff by him. He’s come back from a serious injury and he’s showing no signs of that, which is great news for the team.
“You’ve got to respect King’s Lynn, I think Troy gave them the perfect firing-up line in the Speedway Star last week – but he’s been very helpful in the pits, especially with the youngsters, so there’s a lot of good stuff there.
“Nick came on strong, and although I was a bit concerned about David he was pretty fired up for Heat 14 and I don’t think anyone was going to stop him there.”
Robins move to the top of the early Premiership table with the victory, and are next in action at Leicester on Monday.
SWINDON 48: Nick Morris 11+2, Troy Batchelor 11, Adam Ellis 8, Tobiasz Musielak 7, Zach Wajtknecht 5+1, David Bellego 5, Mitchell Davey 1.
KING’S LYNN 42: Robert Lambert 10, Niels-Kristian Iversen 8, Ty Proctor 7+1, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Thomas Jorgensen 7, Kasper Andersen 3+1, Lewis Rose r/r.