Erin Jackson won consecutive women's 500m races last weekend ©Getty Images

Erin Jackson and Irene Schouten will hope to maintain their strong start to the International Skating Union Speed Skating World Cup season at the second event of the series in Stavanger.

Both skaters head into the event at the Sørmarka Arena fresh from earning two victories at the season opener last weekend.

Jackson won both women’s 500 metres sprint events at the Tomazszow Mazowiecki Ice Arena in Poland.

The American will hope for further success in Norway but should expect competition from Japan’s Nao Kodaira, who placed second and third in the two sprint races.

The Netherlands' Schouten secured women’s 3,000m and mass start titles at the opening event of the season.

She will now set her sights on 5,000m success in Norway.

Another duel is expected between the Unites States' Britanny Bowe and Japan’s Miho Takagi after the pair traded wins and second-place finishes across the 1000m and 1500m events in Poland.

Men’s individual titles were spread across the six events last weekend.

Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama proved one of the strongest skaters as he placed second in the opening men’s 500m race, before winning the second competition.

Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama will hope to maintain his strong start to the season ©Getty Images
Japan’s Tatsuya Shinhama will hope to maintain his strong start to the season ©Getty Images

Canada’s Laurent Dubreuil secured podium finishes in both races and will now target a first victory of the season.

A Dutch tussle is expected in the men’s 1000m event after Hein Otterspeer, Thomas Krol and Kjeld Nuis delivered a clean sweep of the podium in Poland.

South Korea’s Kim Min-Seok will seek a second triumph in the 1500m event, while Sweden’s Nile van der Poel will aim to translate his 5,000m success to the 10,000m distance.

Racing will begin tomorrow with the men’s and women’s 1000m events, as well as the 5000m women’s competition.

The first 500m finals, men’s 10,000m and team sprint races will be contested on Saturday (November 20).

The World Cup event will conclude on Sunday (November 21) with the final 500m races and 1500m competitions.