King’s Lynn Stars chief Chapman: Fixed race nights vital

King's Lynn Stars speedway hold a special meeting against Peterborough Panthers celebrating Keith Buster Chapman's 20th Anniversary of ownership at the Norfolk Arena. ENGANL00220120208095200

King's Lynn Stars speedway hold a special meeting against Peterborough Panthers celebrating Keith Buster Chapman's 20th Anniversary of ownership at the Norfolk Arena. ENGANL00220120208095200

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New British Speedway chairman Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman believes fixed race nights in the UK are essential for the future of British Speedway.

Many debates have been staged over the years regarding the UK racing schedule and after working with a number of top stars as owner of Lynn Stars, Chapman is adamant a clearer calendar would benefit the sport immensely.

Chapman said: “For me, securing fixed race nights in the UK is crucial for the future of the sport.

“People will mention that there’s a large number of clubs who don’t actually own their stadium. However, if you plan things properly and give these other people plenty of notice then I’m sure the majority would bend over backwards to ensure their racing could continue.

“If we could set two race nights so that riders and the general public knew that this is when speedway was taking place in the UK then I think the sport in this country would benefit in the long run.

“I’m pretty sure something like that would attract some of the top riders from around the world back to racing in the UK and strengthen the product of our top leagues once again.

“Not only that, but it would also help all British riders who aspire to ride abroad as they could have a much more clear schedule.

“From a supporter’s perspective as well, they’d be a lot more sure of who was racing when and if the top riders were back in the UK then I’m sure we’d see an increase in crowds across the leagues too.

“This is one thing I feel needs to be looked at properly, I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but this could be one way of getting British Speedway back on the right track.”

l A reminder that world number 4 and King’s Lynn Stars captain Niels-Kristian Iversen will take to the Adrian Flux Arena’s Champs Bar tonight for ‘A Night With Niels’.

The current Danish champion will be speaking about life with the Stars, racing in Europe, the 2015 Grand Prix series, as well as life away from the race track.

Iversen, who won the FIM Adrian Flux British Grand Prix this year, will be bringing his impressive winner’s trophy and give supporters an opportunity to take a picture with it.

Tickets for the event have sold out, but for fans who have secured a place, doors will open tonight at 6.45pm.