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Topinka targets his next landmark

Tomas Topinka (photo by Steve Hone)
Topinka is currently in his 13th season with King's Lynn Stars

Tomas Topinka has his sights set on his next landmark, having reached 505 appearances for the King's Lynn Stars.

Topinka is now joint-second in the club's all-time appearance list, 144 behind Terry Betts.

And the 35-year-old Czech told BBC Radio Norfolk he thinks he can top that if all goes to plan.

"I'd like to think so, I think it shows that Buster [Chapman, club promoter] and myself are doing something right for me to be here that long," he said.

Topinka matched Ian "Tiddler" Turner's appearance record in Wednesday's 62-31 demolition of Scunthorpe in the Premier Trophy, winning four of his five rides.

And the Stars captain admitted that being mentioned in the same breath as Turner and Betts left him with mixed feelings.

"In one way it makes me feel old but I'm going to be 35 this year and I don't think that's the age to be finishing with speedway," he said.

"On the other side it makes me feel proud as well, to be with the club for so many years. I'd like to thank everyone who's helped me over the years and Buster for keeping having me in the team."

Topinka was outshone in Wednesday's meeting by teenager Darcy Ward and having first rode for Lynn as a teenager in 1993, he had some advice for the 16-year-old Australian.

"He really flies at the moment, let's hope he can keep it injury free, keep himself calm and not try to be more than he is," he said.

"At the moment he's really, really good, lets hope he stays like that."



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