King's Lynn Stars' team boss says any more track action unlikely in 2020
Any more 2020 track action at King’s Lynn Stars will prove to be “difficult”, says team boss Peter Schroeck.
Asked whether the prospect is feasible given continued coronavirus controls and current inclement weather, the manager refused to rule it out, but Schroeck commented: “I don’t know: how long is a piece of string?
“I’m open minded at the moment but you’ve got to do anything as safe as possible. You have got to be careful.”
He is acutely aware that with no league racing permitted, even putting on an individual meeting with crowds – as Lynn successfully did last month with a British Youth Championship round in front of about 400 fans – involves a lot of work and risk for promoters.
For example, Belle Vue have already confirmed that tomorrow’s (Saturday, October 10) deciding British Youth Championship meeting will go ahead behind closed doors.
And, given the recent governmental tightening-up of Covid-19 controls and that speedway is still classed as an elite sport, managing any more action before season’s end on October 31 is a dim prospect.
Schroeck added the current cold and wet conditions are doing no-one any favours, and said: “Dale (Lynn co-promoter Allitt) said so himself he’s hopeful but the way things are, it will be difficult.
“It’s hard enough during a season which you would call normal, it’s hard to be positive about the weather at this time of year, but with the Covid situation you’ve got to be even more careful.
“We’re ready to do something but it’s governed by what’s going on with the government but we just have to wait and see. Don’t forget, it’s a dangerous time of year with the rain.
“You have to be careful you don’t get caught out financially as well.
“It’s quite a big ask for every club. Something like the British Final is subsidised by all clubs, but something like an individual meeting isn’t.”
Officialdom seems resigned to be looking towards 2021, as British Speedway chairman Rob Godfrey lamented after last week’s British Final.
He said: “Sadly, spectators were not permitted. It frustrates me to see hundreds of fans attending non-league football with no problems.
“We’re again in constructive dialogue with government representatives and feel confident the 2021 season can relaunch and be delivered on time.”
Meanwhile the Minors & Brady Stars’ recent signing, teenager Elliot Kelly, finished fourth in the Caledonian Riders’ Championship at Edinburgh on Saturday.
The North Yorkshire 16-year-old was behind Berwick pair Kyle Bickley and Leon Flint, and winning home rider William Lawson at Armadale.