King's Lynn's Danish ace dogged by travelling fold-ups returning to the UK
“Horrendous” hold-ups dogged King’s Lynn Stars racer Thomas Jorgensen after trying to re-enter the UK from competing in his native Denmark.
The 28-year-old warmed up for Monday’s Premiership season-opener with Ipswich by scoring heavily for Nordjysk in the Danish Metal Speedway League, but he’s already had one flight cancelled last week.
Popular Jorgensen said: “I’ve had two meetings in Denmark so far. It’s been very difficult with travel restrictions and that, and getting the right paperwork.”
In an improved second meeting, Jorgensen top scored with 14+2 points.
He suffered damage to his best bike following a first bend incident with former world champion Nicki Pedersen, but managed to beat the ex-Lynn rider in Heats 4 and 14, helped by a Pedersen puncture in the latter race.
“For the first meeting two or three weeks ago I was really, really rusty,” commented Jorgensen.
“I was ‘kangarooing’ into the first corner. I didn’t have the feel of the clutch, no speed, nothing. I scored seven points.
“I thought: What’s going wrong with the bike? Is it the bike? No, it’s myself. I didn’t realise until I saw the video. The next day I just practised on two bikes 20 times, in and out all the time, I just wore myself out completely. I just made so many starts.
“I adjusted myself and went for the next meeting two days later and I scored 16 points, so small things like that definitely paid off.
“It is crucial to get back into your rhythm and do as many laps as you can, especially early in the season.”
He added of encountering the hold-ups: “Obviously it’s going to be difficult with travel restrictions (going to and from Denmark, Sweden, King’s Lynn and Scunthorpe in the SGB Championship).
“I’ve already been refused boarding once, on Thursday. I had to fly in the evening and went to the till with all my tests. I had two coronavirus tests and none of them were good enough. I had to get a transfer and fly to Amsterdam and was refused boarding due to the tests.
“Amsterdam had changed the rules without even letting me know about any changes to their policy, or whatever you call it.
“They sent me on a plane the next day. In the meantime I had to get a new test on Friday morning which cost me 170 quid. I’d already paid £120 for one of them, so it was just horrendous.
“We just have to make sure we get all the right paperwork when you fly.
“I’ve been researching on the YouGov website, printing out all the information and bringing the pages with it: okay, I’m landing in this country - now you have to do such-and-such.
“I’m getting experienced with flying now!”