Bonanza of talent riding in King’s Lynn Stars season opener

Kings Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Lewis Kerr ANL-140316-191249002
Kings Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars ready for the start of the 2014 Elite League season. Lewis Kerr ANL-140316-191249002
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Former runner-up Krzysztof Kasprzak is pleased to ride in the Sheffield Window Centre-sponsored Ben Fund Bonanza (6pm), the meeting which starts the British 2016 speedway season, at Lynn tomorrow.

There will be a lot of attention on the Coventry rider at the Adrian Flux Arena-hosted meeting, for which the weather forecast is good.

His team manager Gary Havelock believes that the brilliant though sometimes inconsistent Pole is the Bees’ key man this season and will certainly want him to get off to a good start. Kasprzak was runner-up in the Ben Fund Bonanza fund-raiser at Rye House in 2010 and also rode in the Scunthorpe meeting the following year.

Kasprzak said: “It’s a good meeting to start the season and I’m very happy I can ride in it and help riders who are injured. King’s Lynn is a very good track for the meeting.

“I’ve had some injuries but never so bad that I have had to call on the Ben Fund.”

Included in the star-studded array is a good smattering of Lynn’s current one-to-seven of Robert Lambert, Rory Schlein and Mads Korneliussen. As well as those fans’ favourites, Heacham’s Lewis Kerr and Grand Prix aces Chris Harris and Jason Doyle will be involved.

There is one change to the lineup, though it certainly isn’t weakened. Thomas Jorgensen has had to withdraw and he will be replaced by Danny King, riding in his fifth Bonanza. King had volunteered just after the original field was completed, so now he’s back in.

There have not been any late call-offs and just in case there is a problem for someone during the event, Scunthorpe’s Australian star Ryan Douglas will be on hand as reserve to take any rides.

Organiser Paul Ackroyd said: “I’m very pleased that Ryan has made us this offer, he’s a very good man to have there. The Ben Fund has been able to help him out during his time on the injured list in the past, and I think he wanted to do his bit in return.”

It will be a 20-rider 20-heat event with half a dozen races also being staged for the best of the under 15 UK riders under the watchful eye of Neil Vatcher.

A major recent contribution to the Benevolent Fund has come from the former Plymouth Supporters Club, now disbanded, who have handed over the balance of their club funds to the riders’ charity. They will be prominent in the sponsors list for the event this weekend.

Among the other entertainment at Lynn will be a raffle, with a top prize of tickets for two to all the BSPA shared events in the coming season.

Admission prices will be £16 (adults), £14 (concessions), £5 (children 10-15) with under 10s free. Payment may be made on the day by credit card.

Bonanza line-up: Chris Harris, Jason Doyle, Josh Auty, Robert Lambert, Lewis Kerr, Bjarne Pedersen, Richie Worrall, Steve Worrall, Ulrich Ostergaard, Josh Bates, Nikolai Klindt, Rory Schlein, Ben Barker, Simon Stead, Mads Korneliussen, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Craig Cook, Danny King, Kevin Doolan, Emil Grondal.

Tapes up at 6pm.