Injured Loram helps Witches to victory

MARK Loram may be incapacitated with his broken leg in plaster and out for the season, but he still had an influence on last night's Ipswich Evening Star Witches' KO Cup victory.

By Elvin King

MARK Loram may be incapacitated with his broken leg in plaster and out for the season, but he still had an influence on last night's Ipswich Evening Star Witches' KO Cup victory.

Reserve Tobi Kroner lodges with Loram when staying in England and the German revealed after his paid 13-point score the part Loram had played.

“Mark managed to get himself into my workshop in the afternoon on his crutches to give me some tips,” said Kroner.

“He told me to sit more forward at the tapes and to turn on more gas going into the corners.

“He also explained the best passing lines around Foxhall.

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“I put everything he told me into practice - and it worked out.

“I have to be pleased with my score and I went home after the meeting to tell Mark the news.

“He is still smiling through all his pain and was so pleased that Ipswich had won.”

Kroner, who made two passes and featured in two maximum heat wins, feels Ipswich can do enough tonight in the second leg to gain an aggregate victory.

“However, we will have to all ride at 100 per cent,” he said.

“With a young side it can be difficult riding away from home, but we know we have the best fans in the land and we want to make cup progress for them.”

Oxford rider Steve Johnston feels that the tie is not over.

He said: “It was not our night at Foxhall, but we are confident we can put on a much better show in the return.”

Scott Nicholls, likely to be the main British rider beneficiary of the Grand Prix takeover by the huge IMG corporation, proved himself the perfect guest.

The Coventry rider, who still lives a mile from Foxhall Stadium, said: “It was a good win for Ipswich.

“It would have been better if I had managed a maximum, but that was not to be.

“Coventry are flying this season and Rory Schlein also did well guesting for Oxford. I was confident he would not fence me when I passed him in the final heat.”

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