MACIEJ Janowski came back to haunt his former club as he snatched a 45-45 draw for his King’s Lynn side and put an end to the Robins’ 100 per cent home record at Blunsdon last night.
Despite having trailed for the majority of the meeting, the Robins went into heat 15 in front courtesy of a 5-1 in the penultimate race of the night, and looked to be cruising to victory before Janowski robbed Hans Andersen for third place in the final corner to claim two league points for his side.
The Robins captain looked visibly frustrated as he slipped to the back on a night when he suffered bike problems, but refused to use his mechanical woes as an excuse.
“I am annoyed because I had a problem with my bikes, and I had my normal Swindon bike which I had a problem with last meeting, and I had just had it serviced and it came back with the same problem,” he said.
“It is frustrating, you can make mistakes on a track and pick the wrong set-up, but it annoys me when you are let down by machinery, especially when it has just come back from a service.
“In the final corner he gained a lot of speed and I couldn’t block his move until it was too late, but it shouldn’t have happened and I should not be fighting for one point, I should be winning races.
“I think we did well to come back into it but we should still have won because it is our home track, but King’s Lynn were a lot stronger this time than they were last time, although I think it was more a point lost for us rather than a point gained for them.”
Two close opening heats set the tone for the rest of the meeting as Andersen and Robins guest Adam Roynon took early victories, but the Stars packed the minor places in both to keep things level.
The Robins took the lead for the first time in heat three when Simon Stead roared around Janowski to claim a 4-2 for his side, but they were soon behind as the meeting swung dramatically in favour of the visitors.
Thing looked ominous as Dawid Lampart took himself into the fence at the start of the second lap of heat four, and Nermark won the re-run with ease ahead of Peter Kildemand as the Stars levelled things up.
Iversen completely out-muscled Stead at the start of heat five as the Dane took an easy win to give his side the lead, and following an unsatisfactory start in heat six Nermark made the drop to win from the tapes despite pressure from Andersen.
Janowski showed he still knows his way around the Abbey in heat seven with a comfortable win, before Lampart closed the gap for the home side with a good win over Nermark.
Young Janowski again showed his huge potential with victory over Andersen in heat 10, but the Robins secured a 3-3 to stay in touch before the gap was widened again in the next heat as Korneliussen secured another three points for his side.
A 4-2 from Lampart and Stead reduced the deficit to two once again, and that is how it stayed going into heat 14 as Kildemand and Andersen packed the minor places behind their fellow countryman Iversen.
The Robins took the lead for the first time since heat three as Batchelor and Lampart secured a vital 5-1 in the penultimate race of the night, but the Robins’ proud record was soon broken as Janowski showed the Abbey Stadium crowd what they had been missing.
Swindon travel to Coventry this evening as Alun Rossiter returns to his former club, and Lasse Bjerre and Seb Alden come into the side in place of Nick Morris and Jason Doyle who are on Premier League duty.