Former King’s Lynn Star and world champion Mark Loram was the special guest as Sky TV duo Kelvin Tatum and Nigel Pearson stopped at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena on Wednesday, writes Peter Woodhouse.
Outspoken duo Tatum and Pearson continued their 2016 pre-season tour in front of a sold out Champs Bar and entertained the Lynn fans in their return to the venue.
The pair provide the World Feed commentary for the Grand Prix series as well as hosting Sky Sports speedway.
A signed replica race jacket from Loram was one of the items auctioned off during the ‘Tatum & Pearson Live’ event, along with an autographed photo of current world champion, Tai Woffinden.
Loram – who rode for Lynn between 1990-1994 – became the Speedway World Champion in 2000 despite not winning any of the Grand Prix meetings held that year, the only rider to ever do so.
However he was the only rider to reach the semi-finals in all six meetings to score a total of 102 points, seven ahead of 1996 champion Billy Hamill.
“All of a sudden you realise you can win it,” he said of that memorable campaign’s climax. “I remember massive relief in the end.”
The Malta-born rider also spoke bravely of coming to terms with the death of his 18-year-old son Rhys who was killed in a road accident.
The 45-year-old added of his time at Lynn: “This is a great place. Buster (Stars chief Keith Chapman) took over a lot of problems when he bought the club but looked after me and Henka (Gustafsson).
“My first season here, within two months I had gone from reserve to number one and then to the top of the averages.”
He joked about his lack of gating prowess early in his career: “Buster used to make the track so that from Heat 1, I could straight round the fence and go past people!”
Other highlights of the night included a live commentary on a replay of the 2015 British GP, which featured a legendary win by Lynn rider Niels Kristian Iversen over Nicki Pedersen in the semi-final.
This section included banter on the correct pronounciation of Danish star Peter Kildemand’s surname: “It’s ‘Killerman,’ I asked him,” proclaimed Pearson.
The British Championship Trophy was on display at the Saddlebow Road venue and between them Loram and Tatum won this title five times.