King’s Lynn Stars host National League Pairs

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King’s Lynn Speedway is staging the showpiece event of the National League season, the Pairs Championship, on Saturday, September 5 at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Top riders from each of the 10 league teams will be competing over 23 heats to decide a winning pair.

Supporters from all over the country are expected to make the trip and the club is currently looking for heat sponsors. For £50 businesses will receive: heat sponsorship, scoreboard advert and name announced over the PA system.

To book a space in the programme, please email: marc@kingslynnstars.co.

l Wednesday’s scheduled Elite League meeting between the King’s Lynn Stars and Swindon Robins at the Adrian Flux Arena was postponed.

Heavy rain throughout Tuesday caused the track to become waterlogged, and with the forecast showing more downpours, the promotion were left with no option but to postpone the meeting.

A restaging date will be announced soon. This was the second postponement in three days as Monday night’s clash with Leicester was also rained off.

l British Speedway is looking to the stars – by officially launching the sport’s first ever apprenticeship courses.

Officials from the British Speedway Promoters’ Association, partners Poultec Training, the Speedway Control Bureau and Grand Prix rights-owners IMG as well as more than a dozen riders and their families, sponsors and potential backers, were all at the programme’s official launch.

The first trainees will be inducted after a taster track day at Lynn and the opening course will begin in September and run until the end of the year. It is envisaged that the first apprenticeship course will get under way early next year and is part of the BSPA’s commitment to youth.

Heading up the venture is Great Britain’s ex-World Cup finalist and former Lynn rider Oliver Allen who began the season as Peterborough number one before being ruled out for the year with a dislocated ankle.

Some of the applicants have already raced around the Adrian Flux Arena. The full list, some of whom are already riding for clubs, is: Lewis Millar, Jack Thomas, Kyle Roberts, Luke Harris, Connor Mountain, Stephen Whitehouse, Connor Fletcher, James Shanes, Tyler Govier, Holly Knell, Danny Phillips, Kelsey Dugard and Callum Walker.

BSPA chairman Alex Harkess said: “This is a very exciting time for the BSPA.

“It’s a new venture and like any new venture I hope it comes out great.”

“It’s no secret that in today’s climate we have got a shortage of British riders but we have a record number of youngsters participating in the British Youth Championship.

“Poultec becomes an important part in keeping these youngsters in the sport and helping turn them into team members.

“The BSPA will continue to be involved in all kinds of youth development and we could not have better partners than Poultec to ensure that, in future years, we have a never-ending supply of home-grown talent.

“Anyone looking around Poultec’s premises will see why we are so enthusiastic to be part of this venture.

“We believe it will be a great success for many, many years to come.”

Poultec is one of the country’s most innovative and forward-thinking training companies with a purpose-built £3 million, 20-acre complex in Mattishall, Norfolk, as well as a two-unit engineering centre in the heart of Norwich.

They are specialists in training apprentices for the food and hair and beauty sectors but their founder Ed Bales’ passion for speedway in particular, saw the new partnership forged.

He said: “I have been working closely with the BSPA Management Committee since the beginning of the year.

“Jointly we have a passion to encourage and develop more young speedway riders, also giving opportunities for beginners and riders from other motor cycle disciplines such as moto cross and grass track.”|

Heading up the venture is Great Britain’s ex-World Cup Finalist Oliver Allen who began the season as Peterborough number one before being ruled out for the year with a dislocated ankle.

Some of the applicants have already race around the Adrian Flux Arena. The full list, some of whom are already riding for clubs, is: Lewis Millar, Jack Thomas, Kyle Roberts, Luke Harris, Connor Mountain, Stephen Whitehouse, Connor Fletcher, James Shanes, Tyler Govier, Holly Knell, Danny Phillips, Kelsey Dugard and Callum Walker.

He is Speedway Project Manager and will be lending the experience he has gained throughout a 19-year career that began in the equivalent of the National League when he was only 15 to the scheme.

He added: “Towards the latter half of my career as I gained more and more experience I would look back at certain lessons I’d learnt and it really made me feel like when I retired I wanted to give something back to British speedway, to the youth of British speedway in particular.

“I wanted to teach riders about certain aspects of the sport that I learnt through experience, trial and error, or sometimes luck!

“I wanted to try and accelerate their learning by passing on some of those secrets that riders just don’t share. I certainly wouldn’t ever criticise any rider of keeping any part of their game secret, I never told anyone anything, I was as selfish as they come. Why would you share?

“And this is a problem in England, because we had no training programme in place and because current riders don’t really give much away you have to figure it out for yourself.

“This training programme gives me the perfect platform to share all that I can, and I will bring in other experts in things like riding, fitness and nutrition, and psychology to teach the learners on this programme what they need to know.”

The King’s Lynn Young Stars have the opportunity to bounce back quickly from their midweek defeat as they return to home action tonight when Rye House visit the Adrian Flux Arena.

Gates open at 6.30pm. The Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars then travel to Stoke’s Loomer Road tomorrow. host Rye House tonight (Friday).

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The King’s Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars returned from their clash with Cradley empty handed following a 58-35 defeat on Wednesday night.

Missing two of their top five, Jake Knight and Shane Hazelden, the Young Stars made a poor start to the meeting and were eight points down after just four races. At the halfway stage, the home side had double their lead to 16 points.

That allowed the Young Stars to use a tactical ride with guest Darryl Ritchings. He won the heat with Josh Bailey finishing second to claim an 8-1 for the Young Stars, but that was their only heat advantage of the meeting. In the second half, the home side dominated as the Young Stars slipped further behind the hosts.

The Young Stars have the opportunity to bounce back quickly as they return to home action on Friday when Rye House visit the Adrian Flux Arena. Gates open at 6:30pm.

Cradley Heathens: Matt Williamson 17+1, Max Clegg 13+2, Arron Mogridge 11+1, Ellis Perks 10, Michael Neale 5+2, Luke Harris 2+1, Nathan Greaves R/R.

King’s Lynn Young Stars: Josh Bailey 11+2, Darryl Ritchings 11+1, Tom Stokes 6, Scott Campos 3+1, Ryan Kinsley 3, Layne Cupitt 1, Shane Hazelden R/R.

The 33-year-old Allen, who was Premier League Riders’ Champion in 2013 and won league titles at National League, Premier League and Elite League level as well as riding in the 2007 and 2008 World Cups, is bringing a team of experts on line.

They include fitness guru Paul Sugitt, who runs his own personal fitness training company, and a sports psychologist.

Further information on how to apply to join the traineeship and apprenticeship programmes: Tel: 01362-850983.

Website: www.poultec.co.uk/training-courses/speedway-training-programme

Report: PETER OAKES - Picture: STEVE HONE