King’s Lynn Young Stars give Whitmore leg-up

King's Lynn Select Stars home to Zielona Gora. Stars Lewis Rose (blue) in heat 4. ANL-140320-091354002
King's Lynn Select Stars home to Zielona Gora. Stars Lewis Rose (blue) in heat 4. ANL-140320-091354002
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King’s Lynn Young Stars speedway side have made a team change before hosting former National League champions Cradley Heathens tomorrow.

Team boss Dale Allitt’s troops have won three and lost one at The Adrian Flux Arena so far in 2016, so will be in confident mood.

The Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars are to promote 15-year-old Lewis Whitmore into their full line-up – starting in the Travel Plus National League clash with Cradley.

Whitmore replaces Layne Cupitt, who in an ironic twist has been released to join the Heathens in an amicable arrangement between all parties, although he will not make his debut for his new club until after tomorrow’s fixture.

Whitmore was set to take on the role of the Young Stars’ No.8 this season upon turning 15, although he actually made a guest appearance against them for Buxton last month, one day after his birthday!

Allitt said: “We’re releasing Layne primarily because of work commitments for his father Sean, which is making it difficult for him to get to King’s Lynn.

“Wolverhampton is only 40 minutes from his home, he rides there regularly and this will hopefully make the logistics easier for him.

“Layne won’t be riding on Wednesday for either side, but after Wednesday he’ll be going to Cradley with very best wishes from all of us. We wish him well for the future – he’s a young British rider who we’d like to see progress.

“Lewis was going to be our No.8 and he got two points in Heat 2 of that match against Buxton when he guested for them, but it was always our plan to bring him in when we could.

“It’s come a little earlier than we all expected, but that’s what the sport is all about at King’s Lynn, it’s always been about progression.

“Lewis finished third in the British Youth Championship last year, above some good riders who have done well this year in the league, so he’ll get his chance and be given time with us. We’ll work with him, and we feel it’s a good move for the future.”

Allitt said of the top-five clash with Cradley: “I don’t see it as anything other than a win, to be honest.

“That’s what we’re aiming for; that’s what we always aim for. It doesn’t matter who it is here, we’ve been pretty solid all year and we’ve won away from home.”

The Heathens, who track former Star Ashley Morris, will be desperate to make up for a disappointing 2015 when they failed to pick up any major silverware following two successive National League and Knockout Cup doubles. Morris and Max Clegg form a double heat leader spearhead.

A successful graduate of the Young Stars production line is Stars Elite League local racer Lewis Rose.

Sutton Bridge-based Rose scored 7+1, all done while moving up to the main body of the team ffor the first time against Wolverhampton, who Lynn beat at home on Thursday.

Stars team manager Rob Lyon said of Rose: “He’s coming on nicely. He’s gradually been better and better.”

Travel Plus National League top 10

Birmingham 7 6 363 260 21

Eastbourne 7 5 345 283 15

Cradley 8 5 358 343 15

Kent 4 3 213 147 12

Lynn 6 4 287 233 12

Belle Vue 7 3 314 310 12

Mildenhall 7 3 315 312 10

Isle of Wight 4 2 179 179 7

Coventry 8 2 307 382 7

Buxton 4 1 142 214 3