King's Lynn Stars ready to start racing after BSPA statement
King’s Lynn Stars say they’re “ready to start racing” as speedway bosses confirmed their commitment to some action this year.
Last week’s latest update from the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) said the authorities are eager to schedule racing plans following a three-month coronavirus lockdown.
Rob Godfrey, chairman of the British Speedway Promoters Ltd, mentioned their 2020 vision includes a 12-meeting campaign - and Lynn team manager Peter Schroeck said the Minors & Brady Stars are fine with this sort of season.
Schroeck commented on an eventual tapes-up later in the summer: “There is still a lot of stuff to sort out before we return, that’s for sure. We’re just hoping that we’ll have it confirmed.
“The problem you’ve got is rider availability. It’s not just that; it’s the stadiums, and a lot of people who work in speedway are in their late 50s or early 60s, so they might be a little bit nervous. So there are a lot of meetings that have got to be done yet to make this happen.
“It’s not all negative. The biggest thing is all the restrictions. If the government gives us a little bit of slack, we should be okay.
“At the end of the day nothing is written that is saying we can’t still ride until the end of October.
“If you look at it, the weather at that time of year is usually better than it is in March or April. We’ll just have to go with what’s being done.
“The world is changing and we’ve got to go along with it.”
The German-born team boss says figuring out extending measures like electronic pre-payment for admission should prevent mass queues at the turnstiles and help social distancing: “It’s going to have to be a lot more organised with paying for tickets,” Schroeck added.
“There are going to be a lot more people buying tickets over the internet.
“They’ll just have to come in and show it on their phones, or whatever. There’s so many things you can do now without having to actually get in contact with people.
“We’re quite confident of getting a decent crowd and making it work. We’ve just got to get all the logistics right, and with health and safety.
“We’ll take each stage as it comes. As far as we’re concerned, we’re ready to start racing, you know.
“We’re waiting for the government. The problem is no-one tells you what to do because nobody knows. We know what we’d like to do but what we can do is probably different.”