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King's Lynn co-promoter hails heat leading pair for 2022 Premiership campaign



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King’s Lynn Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt agrees his new heat leaders Peter Kildemand and Josh Pickering are a coup for the club.

Dane Kildemand will be racing in the UK for the first time since 2018 (for Poole) while the Minors & Brady Stars signed No.1 Pickering from under the noses of rivals Sheffield who have captured last year’s Rising Star Connor Mountain, who elected to leave the Adrian Flux Arena – as was revealed at Thursday’s fans’ meeting.

Allitt said: “Peter Kildemand has been a Grand Prix rider, he’s won two Grands Prix. Josh Pickering is a guy that we wanted. It didn’t quite work out that time but he scored 26 points in two meetings against us. I think that says enough; he’ll be a very good rider for us.

The King's Lynn Stars team for 2022 was announced on Thursday evening. Pictured are (LtoR) Jake Mulford, Lewis Kerr, Ritchie Worrall, Alex Brady, Jack Thomas and Thomas Jorgensen.. (53490993)
The King's Lynn Stars team for 2022 was announced on Thursday evening. Pictured are (LtoR) Jake Mulford, Lewis Kerr, Ritchie Worrall, Alex Brady, Jack Thomas and Thomas Jorgensen.. (53490993)

“Peter is a typical Dane. He’s 32, ridden at the very highest level and still rides at a very high level. Josh is fiery, he’s determined and I think the fans will take to him.

“Peter will be different to Niels (Lynn’s Danish legend Kristian Iversen). He’s very exciting on a bike, people will take to him that way and he’s a determined character.

“He’s not like Thomas (current Lynn favourite Jorgensen); Thomas is not a normal Dane! I think he’ll be a real-good addition.

The King's Lynn Stars team for 2022 was announced on Thursday evening.. (53490842)
The King's Lynn Stars team for 2022 was announced on Thursday evening.. (53490842)

“Having Richie (Worrall) back after nine years at reserve: he scored paid-20 points against us here this year and that was at number two, so having him at reserve will be a massive bonus.

“We had to make a clean break and that’s what we’ve done. We needed to change things around obviously from what has been a bad year. I think we’ve done that.”

He said the sport’s annual meeting will be on Tuesday (7), adding: “The rules and regs, the team building (has been done) but the AGM is something completely different.

Buster Chapman watches on.. (53490853)
Buster Chapman watches on.. (53490853)

“People always put the AGM that, that’s where all the rules are made, but that’s not really the case. The leagues have done their own things this year. We did that about three or four weeks ago.

“The biggest thing is the junior league (laid on in the second half of meetings) and the number eight rider for the Rising Star which is great. We’ve got to promote more youth so that’s what we’ve been doing.”

An example of the team building tweaks is the top six riders must be limited to 39 points, with Lynn’s coming to just below that figure.

Jack Thomas will ride for The Stars in 2022.. (53490999)
Jack Thomas will ride for The Stars in 2022.. (53490999)

Allitt added: “The league is exciting. There are some good riders coming back into the league which is good for British speedway. You’ve got Jason Doyle and Tobiasz Musielak as well. It is good news, it’s what the sport needs.”

Stars team manager Alex Brady, who revealed an early-season regionalised competition will be an addition to the Premiership next year, commented on the difficulty of Lynn’s 2022 team building: “There were some big question marks over a couple of them but yes, it has all come together now and we’re really, really pleased.

Ritchie Worrall speaking to the Stars fans at the launch of next season's team.. (53491012)
Ritchie Worrall speaking to the Stars fans at the launch of next season's team.. (53491012)

“I think it gives us the strength in depth approach that has proven so successful over the last few years in the Premiership and speedway generally, as well.”

Jake Mulford.. (53491015)
Jake Mulford.. (53491015)
The King's Lynn Stars team for 2022 was announced on Thursday evening.. (53490981)
The King's Lynn Stars team for 2022 was announced on Thursday evening.. (53490981)


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