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UK-based Danish speedway rider making progress in Europe as well as with Stars

Lynn Stars’ UK-based Danish speedway rider Thomas Jorgensen has made strides in Europe.

He took advantage of a blank Covid-hit 2020 British league to break into Sweden, and has continued this year with racing in Sweden, Denmark and the UK.

In the 2021 Danish Metal League, Jorgensen has been racing with three-times Danish championship winners, Brovst, who have rebranded themselves as Nordjysk Elite Speedway.

Peter Schroeck fist pumps Stars number one, Thomas Jorgensen. (48906718)
Peter Schroeck fist pumps Stars number one, Thomas Jorgensen. (48906718)

The club signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Jammerbugt Municipality regional authority which enabled them to host a first super league match in Brovst in more than ten years.

As far as his overseas commitments are concerned, Jorgensen’s recent shoulder injury came at the wrong time as racing in his home country is entering a fallow period.

Jorgensen, who turned 29 last week, said: “Now there’s a month break in Denmark. I’ll be racing next on the fourth of August in Slangerup away; and the 18th at home. I’m looking forward to that for sure and it’s the last two meetings of the season.

“I don’t know if we’ll make the semis; I hope we can.”

The Aalborg-born ace has begun on a 1.810 heat average and is second highest scoring rider behind Finland racer Timo Lahti, matching Piotr Protasiewicz. Older Lynn fans may remember Polish favourite ‘Pepe’ Protasiewicz, now 46 years old, from the 1990s Stars line-ups.

Also in the fold is Danish star Leon Madsen, who won World Cup silver in 2019.

The last match of this year is Wednesday, August 18, at home at Sparekassen Vendsyssel Speedway Arena, where the opponents are Esbjerg Vikings.

In the 2021 Swedish Elitserien he made his seasonal debut on June 22 for Piraterna Motala, who lost 43-47 to Smederna; Jorgensen’s tally was seven points.

Overall of his season he added: “My gating has improved. I didn’t feel any different being number one at Lynn.

“But I need to get my gates sorted – that’s bringing me down.”

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