King's Lynn Stars rider 'refreshed' by time off the track
Senior King’s Lynn Stars racer Ty Proctor says working full-time in a job outside speedway has been “refreshing”.
The Australian rider has been typically working six days per week during much of the pandemic in Yorkshire, one of the areas most affected by coronavirus in England.
As first revealed in the Lynn News, he fits water meters on behalf of PBHS, a company associated with the Bates family – for example, British Speedway Promoters’ Association management committee member Damien Bates – who are well-known within the shale sport around Sheffield, where he lives.
The 32-year-old also says interacting with people both outside and inside speedway during the course of his duties has proved beneficial.
Proctor said of the current Covid-19-hit situation: “The Sheffield track is around the corner from my house. It’s refreshing to sit back and weigh it all up; there will still be speedway.
“We’re in the thick of it here in Sheffield. Fortunately enough, with my job, I’m classed as a key worker sub-contracted to work on water meters.
“I can’t socialise so that’s why I’ve been working six days a week, as there is nothing else to do.
“The company I work for, PBHS, I’ve worked with people there for a long time in speedway and I enjoy their company.
“The other day me and Josh Bates worked together and I see him every morning and at night in the yard. He’s in a similar situation to me. He’s been injured for a couple of years.
“He did the British Final but he didn’t practice or anything. It was a last-minute thing to take part and I think he had a few mechanical problems.
“But he just came back the next morning and went to work; there was no dwelling on anything. That is something a lot of British speedway riders can do.”
He continued: “I’ve been working for six weeks with one guy. He was a boxer and we spent time talking about that. It’s refreshing to have a conversation with him about his approach to his sport.
“When I’ve been forced to sit back in the past it was doubly frustrating. I sacrificed myself going to Poland waiting for my chance to ride.”