The field for the Ben Fund Bonanza at King’s Lynn Speedway on Saturday, March 12 is now complete, and organiser Paul Ackroyd has been delighted this year both with the quality of the lineup and the willingness of the riders to volunteer their services.
There are a couple of high quality replacements waiting in the wings, having volunteered just too late. The additional riders not previously announced are Coventry GP star Krzysztof Kasprzak, former Bonanza winner and Belle Vue star Craig Cook, Berwick duo Thomas Jorgensen and Kevin Doolan, and Peterborough’s star signing of 2015 Emil Grondal.
In a varied field and in the 20-man, 20 rider format, the riders ‘seeded’ for the slightly harder rides are Jason Doyle, Krzysztof Kasprzak, Chris Harris and Craig Cook. It should ensure some great racing.
Amongst several riders making a return from injury in the Bonanza will be ex-Lynn rider and Sheffield’s Simon Stead, and he gave an update on his current thoughts including his support for the Ben Fund.
“I feel good, my fitness levels are back up to where they need to be for the new season. Physically the injuries are not preventing me doing anything that I need to do to get ready. The last thing that I’ve got to do is get back on a bike which will be happening at the back end of February when I am away with the England Under-21 youth team. I’m really looking forward to that, and that will be the final test, but I’m not anticipating any problems.
“I think the Ben Fund is something that is a massive, massive help in assisting speedway riders that are injured to have a little bit of financial stability. Our sport isn’t like football or many others where we continue to get paid while we are injured, so the Ben Fund provides the support they need. They helped me out massively last year, and they approached me early on about doing the Ben Fund meeting.
“I had absolutely no hesitation, I was pleased to be asked and I’m looking forward to a successful meeting on a track which is always well prepared and a stadium with fantastic support. It’s a way of kicking the speedway season off with something to look forward to.”
FULL FIELD FOR THE BONANZA:
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, Thomas Jorgensen, Kevin Doolan, Emil Grondal.
* On Wednesday, February 24, at 7.30pm King’s Lynn Speedway will be holding a staff meeting ahead of the new Elite and National League seasons.
Would all existing track staff, stewards and meeting staff please attend the meeting in the Champs Bar, Adrian Flux Arena, to discuss roles and the upcoming season.
King’s Lynn Speedway are on the lookout for additional staff to assist on race nights for both Elite League and National League meetings. Available positions are: DJ, infield staff, stewards and big screen operator.
If you would be interested in joining the race day team please come along to the meeting.