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Come and support us safely, says King's Lynn Stars boss ahead of new speedway season

Enjoy the racing; come and support us safely – that’s the message King’s Lynn co-promoter Dale Allitt gave to fans before the Stars tackle league speedway for the first time in almost 20 months next week.

Allitt was speaking at the Minors & Brady Stars’ press day on Monday morning which was followed by a behind closed doors practice session for riders.

Owing to coronavirus restrictions, Allitt initially envisages a maximum of 1,500 people being allowed into The Adrian Flux Arena stadium on opening night against Ipswich at home on Monday (May 17) - including staff, press and so on.

The King's Lynn Stars for 2021. Missing from the team picture is Erik Riss. Picture: Ian Burt (47016140)
The King's Lynn Stars for 2021. Missing from the team picture is Erik Riss. Picture: Ian Burt (47016140)

It will be the first major Norfolk sporting event with fans for quite a while, and Allitt’s reaction was: “Nice - but quite daunting at the same time. You’ve got the eyes of everyone looking at what you’re doing.

“It’s good to get racing next week; it’s what we’re all aiming for. Everyone will be glued to the TV at 5’o’clock to see that we can do that.

“We’ve had some practice sessions and it’s nice to see most of the boys.”

The logistical problems thrown up by the pandemic were demonstrated by heat leader Erik Riss not being able to attend press day due to continental commitments, but Allitt stressed the German ace will be back in time to face the Witches for their Premiership curtain-raiser.

The club showed they were covid-compliant last August when hosting a British Youth Championship round with 500 fans and personnel.

Allitt said: “We did run a meeting last year and ran 12 or 13 stock car meetings which had 1,500 people. We’re au fait with the stadium being covid-compliant already.

“We’ve got to be careful. All we ask is that people adhere to what we’re asking. If people don’t, then someone will say ‘you can’t do that’, and there will be ramifications.

“We’ve had a great relationship with the local council but we’ve got to keep that. So enjoy the racing; come and support us - we really do need it.

“In the pits there’ll be face-coverings, and probably in the stadium. If social distancing is still in place and everyone’s a metre apart, it doesn’t take an Einstein to work out even 1,000 people there, that’s a lot of space.

“We know it’s going to be a bit different. Hopefully as the year progresses the restrictions will lessen.”

On Riss, Allitt said: “No smoke and mirrors. Erik will be based in the UK and could have been here. The problem is the cost. Erik has got meetings tomorrow (Tuesday) and later in the week.

“To get him here, to get a PCR test, book a flight, which is so expensive now... I said it’s not ideal, but he’s going to be here for the 17th. To get him in and out of the country and back again would cost £800 - and don’t forget he hasn’t earned anything in that amount of time.”

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