Maximum man Richard Lawson is getting to know his way around at Eastbourne.

And he reckons a few laps out in front have helped accelerate his Arlington settling-in process.

Lawson was unbeaten in five rides as the Finepoint Eagles hammered Somerset 63-27 in Championship Shield action at Arlington.

It was the new-look team’s second successive win and delighted a crowd showing a slight increase on the pleasing four-figure turnout for their opening fixture against Birmingham.

Eagles were thrilled to see the busy terraces on a bitterly cold night and their riders duly turned it on against Chris Harris, Rory Schlein and company.

Lawson, a newcomer to tight and technical Arlington, said: “So far, so good. I thought it would be a bit tricky early on but I seem to have settled in quite nicely and I’m really enjoying it.

“I think making good starts is important.

“Once you have got a clear track in front of you, you can ride where you want to ride.

“I was really focusing on that and, now I have led a few laps and got confident, I feel like, even when I’m behind, I’ll be able to ride the bike where I want to.”

Edward Kennett dropped just one point, in heat one when he pushed Schlein all the way.

Lewis Kerry also went close to a maximum and Eagles, who had six 5-1s, will have been pleased to see Tom Brennan and Georgie Wood score well.

Eagles host Birmingham in the Knockout Cup on Good Friday (3pm).

Lawson said: “I think everybody will take a lot of confidence from this.”

Eagles: Lawson 14+1 (5), Kennett 13+1 (5), Kerr 11 (4), Brennan 9+1 (4), Wood 6 (4), Bowtell 5+3 (4), Morley 5+2 (4).

Somerset: Schlein 12 (6), Sedgmen 6 (5), Harris 5+1 (4), Rowe 2 (4), Grobauer 1 (2), Atkins 1 (5), Kurtz 0 (4).