King's Lynn rider Thomas sees parents for first time in six months after making Danish semi-final
Thomas Jorgensen is glad he made the Danish Championship semi-final - it ensured he could see his parents for the first time in six months since the coronavirus pandemic struck.
The King’s Lynn Stars speedway fans’ favourite competed in Esbjerg in his homeland on Wednesday, where he just missed out on a top five spot which would have sent him through to the final in Vojens.
Jorgensen came third in a run-off for the final qualification spot and the Brovst club member finished up in seventh place.
His points haul earlier of 10 read in order: two, two, three, two and one, with the latter outing ultimately proving costly.
Former Lynn rider Nicolai Klindt was first overall with a 15-point maximum and among those qualifying in a strong field was Grand Prix ace Peter Kildemand.
Jorgensen confirmed he stayed with his mother and father - who are both in the over-70 at-risk age group for coronavirus and so he stressed the family must be careful - for the trip, before going back the day after the semi-final.
The Aalborg-born ace faced a quick testing regime, so did not undertake much of a quarantine process.
The 27-year-old said: “I’m staying with mum and dad. We have to be really careful as I don’t want to see any harm to come to them.
“I haven’t seen mum and dad this year I think and it’s really nice to see them and spend some time with them. I’ve got my workshop at mum and dad’s, so that’s good.
“When you land in Denmark you go for a test at the airport. You go to a stand. Within 48 hours later you get the results, I think, so that’s quite good. You log on to the Danish government website. That’s it, it’s quite simple.
“In Denmark they shut down everything immediately when the virus first came out. We haven’t been hit as hard as the UK. We don’t want the virus to spread.”
Overall, Jorgensen wants to get back to the form of 2018 and said of that season: “I won the Danish league with my Danish club and nearly won the UK league with King’s Lynn.
"The following year I didn’t get picked for the European Championship qualifier.”
That European competition and success for the Stars are his priorities for 2021.