SPEEDWAY News and fixtures

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KING’S Lynn became the third team to qualify for the Elite League play-offs with victory over Birmingham on a tense night at the Norfolk Arena.The Stars went six points down early on as Kozza Smith crashed out, but they secured the seven-point win they required when unbeaten No.1 Kenneth Bjerre won the last race.Skipper Olly Allen said: “I'm really pleased for everyone at King's Lynn, it's been a great season for us and to get to the play-offs is great. We really didn’t want it to go down to next Thursday (at Coventry).“I'm delighted for all the riders, the management, the supporters and the sponsors and who knows what we can achieve in the play-offs from here?”

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SCUNTHORPE have been hit by the absence of three riders ahead of their Premier League clash with Redcar on Friday – where they will look to make it thirteen successive home wins.Richard Hall and Tero Aarnio are both out injured and Ben Wilson is missing for family reasons, meaning promoter Rob Godfrey has called on Nick Morris and Hugh Skidmore to guest.Godfrey said: “Thankfully we only have one meeting this week so if we can get through Friday we should at least have Richard and Ben back next week.  “My main concern is regarding Tero because concussions are quite serious and there is no telling how long they are going to last. We will monitor that situation but for now we have to focus on Friday, dig deep and grind out another result.”

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FORMER Cradley rider Mark Robinson is to make a shock comeback later this month at the age of 43.Robinson appeared nearly 70 times for the Heathens between 1990-92, and he will now line up for Dudley in their challenge fixture against Birmingham Bulls at Monmore Green on September 20.He said: “I have been back on a bike away from the area and I’m starting to feel on the pace and feeling good. I feel as though I’ve been getting better and better throughout the weeks at Rye House and I enjoyed my practice at Wolverhampton.“They came to me afterwards and suggested I ride in the Birmingham meeting and I just know I’m going to be a nervous wreck. I never, ever thought I would ever be riding in a Heathens racejacket again.”

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THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8:SKY SPORTS ELITE LEAGUE: Swindon v Peterborough 7.30 PREMIER LEAGUE: Ipswich v Workington 7.30, Sheffield v Rye House 7.45 JULIE LEWIS MEMORIAL: Redcar 7.30

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9:PREMIER LEAGUE: Edinburgh v Somerset 7.30, Plymouth v Newcastle 7.30, Scunthorpe v Redcar 7.30

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 10:PREMIER LEAGUE: Berwick v Sheffield 7pm, Workington v Edinburgh 7pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Stoke v Hackney 7.30

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11:PREMIER LEAGUE: Glasgow v Somerset 4pm, Newcastle v Workington 6.30, Rye House v Plymouth 2pm NATIONAL LEAGUE: Buxton v Stoke 3pm, Hackney v Scunthorpe (follows PL fixture), Newport v Belle Vue 2.30 IVOR BROWN TROPHY: Leicester v Dudley 7pm BRITISH YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Round 5: Sittingbourne 12pm