King’s Lynn Stars get fixed race nights in SGB Premiership

Kings Lynn Stars v Swindon Robins Speedway action'Josh Auty
Kings Lynn Stars v Swindon Robins Speedway action'Josh Auty
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The King’s Lynn Stars will be racing SGB Premiership speedway meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays for the 2018 campaign.

That was the key decision from British Speedway’s annual meeting which took place over the weekend.

The top two leagues have agreed set race days in a bid to cut out fixture clashes and allow greater rider availability.

It means for the first time ever the Premiership will only run on Monday and Wednesday – but there is also consideration for Swindon for a number of protected Thursdays due to stadium commitments.

Thus the Championship will stage meetings on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It’s a move which has been discussed over many weeks but was finally approved at the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) AGM.

Promoters have also listened to fans’ feedback and have scrapped the tactical ride for double points and rolled back the years by bringing back the traditional tactical substitute when a team is six points or more behind. This applies between Heats 5-14 excluding Heat 8.

British Speedway chairman and Lynn club owner Keith Chapman said: “Both Rob Godfrey (vice-chairman) and myself would like to thank all promoters for delivering positive outcomes from the AGM.

“All promoters left the meeting with great enthusiasm towards the 2018 season.”

Other main points

The BSPA has continuity of chairman (Keith Chapman) and vice chairman (Rob Godfrey) and the management committee will be made up of Colin Pratt (Swindon), Stewart Dickson (Glasgow), Damien Bates (Sheffield) with Neil Machin (Leicester) and George English (Newcastle) as reserves.

n The BSPA would like to thank Chris Van Straaten for his invaluable contribution on the management committee.

n Premiership and Championship leagues’ team points average increased to 42.5 with the Premiership permitted one rider of an average of 8.00 or more. Championship has no restrictions.

n Lakeside will be joining the Championship with all other teams remaining in their current leagues.

n Premiership KOC 1st round: Leicester v King’s Lynn, Somerset v Poole, Belle Vue v Wolverhampton, Swindon v Rye House.

n Tactical subs: Black and White double points replaced with tactical substitution permitted in heats 5 to 14 (excluding heats 8) when a team is six points or more behind. For clarity there are NO double points.

n There will be no promotion or relegation between the two leagues but the top four from each league will compete in their own league play-offs.

n A number of working groups have been established from within the association to further develop speedway for the medium and long-term.

n BSPA has a strong proposal for the SCB that will significantly reduce false starts.

n Alun Rossiter and Neil Vatcher appointed Team GB manager and Team GB U21 manager respectively.

n Scunthorpe asset Josh Auty, who rode for Lynn last season, is granted a testimonial after 10 years of service in British Speedway.