Split loyalties for King's Lynn Stars team boss ahead of British Speedway showpiece
Minors & Brady Stars team boss Peter Schroeck has split British Final loyalties - not only does he wish skipper Lewis Kerr every success but will provide support in the pits to former King’s Lynn legend Jason Crump.
Kerr carries Lynn’s speedway hopes at Ipswich on Saturday but the inclusion of Australian Crump, who was born in Bristol and has a British passport, will, according to Schroeck “get the tongues wagging”.
Schroeck revealed of the 45 year-old, who was due to make his comeback with Ipswich in the cancelled 2020 Premiership season after retiring seven years ago: “He said - and you’ll laugh at this: Any chance you can give me a hand?
“That will get a few tongues wagging. Jason is making a comeback. I’ve been talking to him over the winter. His son is racing in the British Superbikes.”
Schroeck knows the triple world champion on both a work and personal level: “Hagon Shocks are supplying him with equipment. He’s very involved in the British youth scene at the moment,” added the German-born former Rye House boss.
“He asked me the question. I know I’m King’s Lynn team manager but we’ve been friends since he first came over here at the age of 16.
"My family in Germany sponsored him and I have been friends with Neil Street (Crump’s well-respected late grandfather), while Martin Hagon has a long history with Jason since his world championship days.
“I said: Why not? He is a three-times world champion and a legend.
"It will bring a lot of spectators to it and is especially good for the riders who will have a chance to ride against him. He’s here, he offered to ride in it.
“Why not give him the opportunity to see him race live? He knows he’s not the Jason Crump he was ten years ago, but he’s super fit and has been training hard.
“We’ve got no Robert Lambert, no Craig Cook and no Scott Nicholls racing so why not throw a name in there and get the tongues wagging for the support? We would be mad not to use him.”
Crump himself is also trying to play down expectations, adding: “I have got no predictions, nothing to gain from this meeting except than I get to get out and hopefully race.
“Danny (King) hasn’t been riding, Rory (Schlein) hasn’t been riding, we are all sitting around wanting to get on our bikes and we are all starting from scratch.”
The Aussie rode for Lynn between 2000 and 2001.
British Speedway chair Rob Godfrey said: “The inclusion of a legend of the sport like Jason adds spice to the event. He’s been working with British youngsters recently and is a big supporter of British Speedway.
“These are unprecedented times and with some riders unavailable we are working overtime to secure the best and most attractive line-up.”