SCUNTHORPE Scorpions raced to a comfortable opening-day Championship victory on Sunday – even though Bjarne Pedersen took the individual honours for Plymouth.
The Scorpions were 56-34 winners at the Eddie Wright Raceway but Danish star Pedersen made a stunning return to British Speedway with an 18-point maximum.
It was a solid team performance from the home side with all seven riders chipping in with some points. And it was an afternoon to remember for Scorpions skipper Simon Lambert beating three-time World Champion Jason Crump in his opening race.
The Boston racer then went wheel-to-wheel with the Gladiators captain Pedersen who showed his class with the race win.
Lambert then teamed up with Rising Star Jordan Palin as the pair cruised to a 5-1 in Heat 8.
A delighted Lambert said: “From a personal point of view, I’m chuffed to bits, while from a team point of view we got three points on the board and hopefully there’s many more to come. It was a solid, all-around team performance. We can take away so many positives.
“People have written us off this year, especially after we lost Jake Allen, but I think this showed that we can do it.
“Bjarne was mustard all meeting. We gave him a race at one point (Heat 6), where we passed and re-passed, but then he showed all his top-level experience. It’s an honour to be out there giving him a race, it’s the same with Crumpy (Jason Crump).”