Proud Chapman begins new governing role

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. ENGANL00220120208095104
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. ENGANL00220120208095104
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King’s Lynn Stars club boss Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman said he is “proud” to have joined speedway’s governing Management Committee.

To his surprise, Chapman (pictured) adopted his new role when British Speedway bosses the BSPA completed their three-day AGM in Warwickshire at the weekend.

The meeting was attended by all clubs who completed the 2014 Elite and Premier League campaigns.

New BSPA vice-chairman Chris Van Straaten said: “We’re delighted that Keith Chapman, who has done so much for King’s Lynn Speedway over the last decade, has joined the MC and I’m sure his experience will be invaluable.”

Chapman admitted: “It was a surprise. I walked into the room and I was already nominated.

“I’m quite pleased and really proud. I’m passionate about the sport. I feel this AGM is the best I’ve been to.”

Chapman said he is pleased the Fast Track System for reserve riders has been enhanced for 2015 with an increase in quality, as last season it benefitted Lynn’s reserves: “Fast Track made Lewis Kerr and Lewis Rose better riders.”

He added: “Why would we want to break up a winning team? The rise in points limit means we can achieve that.”

A date will be announced soon for a fans’ meeting which will reveal the 2015 Stars Elite League team.

AGM Elite League highlights:

n Competing clubs: Belle Vue, Coventry, King’s Lynn, Lakeside, Leicester, Poole, Swindon, Wolverhampton.

Each team meets each other twice, home and away.

Play-offs for the top four as before.

n Points limit: Raised from 32 to 34 for the top-five members of the team.

n Fast Track System: Additional riders will be invited to join. Riders will be split into two categories.

Elite League promoters will meet later in November for the draft, and clubs will include one rider from each category.

n Only one Tactical Ride available, if a team is ten or more points in arrears.

n Three points per home win. All other league scoring remains unchanged.