Australian back at Adrian Flux Arena after successful 2018 including Workington Comets trophy treble
King’s Lynn Stars begin their home season against Poole Pirates on Monday, and vice-captain Ty Proctor says the team is a “well-oiled machine” thanks to its unity.
The Australian is back at the Adrian Flux Arena after a successful 2018 which saw Lynn reach two SGB Premiership finals and his second-tier Championship side Workington Comets lift a trophy treble.
He has switched to Sheffield Tigers this time around after the Comets sadly folded.
The 32-year-old is happy to speak of a harmonious Saddlebow Road stadium squad who keep in contact away from the speedway track.
Proctor said of the one-to-seven dynamic at the Poultec Stars: “I think the team atmosphere is so important.
“We had it with King’s Lynn last year and I had it with Workington last year when you had seven riders that would always work for one another and that brings unity and sometimes brings more points on track than having big-hitters that don’t talk to one another.
“That can be a hindrance sometimes. I think the dynamic of the team is a team full of people that know each other, and have worked well together in the past. So it should work.”
He added: “I would say yes, it is a well-oiled machine. We all speak to each other away from speedway as well.
“I spent just after Christmas in Australia with Erik (Lynn team-mate Riss) and I speak to Robert (skipper Lambert) on the phone quite regularly.
“I’m now with Kasper (Anderson) at Sheffield, so we have that kind of connection. Tofty’s (Michael Palm Toft) not far in Sheffield so you see people around, you have conversations and it brings a friendship and unity and I think that’s important.”
Being based at Sheffield just down the road from his home also plays into Proctor’s hands this season, and he admits that travelling up north to Workington during 2018 was tiring.
Sheffield and Lynn is an ideal partnership, as Proctor said: “Last year I was driving an hour and a half to two hours to here and on a Saturday sometimes four hours to Workington. It kind of burned me out.
“On Sunday I had my first meeting at Sheffield. You know, I finished the meeting, got changed and was home within three minutes and relaxing.”
Photos: Ian Burt