King's Lynn Stars rider finds work
Popular King’s Lynn Stars speedway rider Thomas Jorgensen is overjoyed to have finally found work.
Due to coronavirus, Jorgensen has struggled to make ends meet during lockdown when engines were stalled in springtime and the league season declared finished, but over the summer the Boston-based ace gained employment.
The Danish rider is used to competing on two wheels but to increase his prospects he also wants to train using vehicles with many more wheels, like HGVs.
He said: “I’m working at a factory. It’s an old, huge tulip factory in Boston.
“I work for a company who are into things like engineering. They’re here to make sure the machines work. The factory is shut at the moment and it’s just five minutes down the road. I get there on my bike but I don’t mind doing any travelling.
“They are huge machines. We have to make sure they’re fully working and moving three-ton machines around is sometimes horrendous. As I’m a self-employed trader I can do anything I want but I just want to earn some money.
“It’s Monday to Friday and a few weekends andI’ve been doing 60 hours per week at times. It’s kept me going for four to five weeks, so that’s pretty good. I’m trying to do as much as I can because I was struggling really badly and not getting any help. So it was pretty bad financially and I still had bills to pay.
“All my speedway matters were paid up because I didn’t want any money outstanding to people like mechanics, but I still had direct debits going out.”
The 27-year-old Aalborg-born racer said: “I’m aiming to do an HGV licence. There are so many companies who need that, especially around here in the Boston area.”
His girlfriend Samantha, self-employed as well, has also suffered: “Her beautician’s has opened again and she has had to sort out all the equipment,” Jorgensen added.
“She couldn’t book as many clients as she could in a day as she had to leave half-an-hour between each client to make sure it’s all spotless and clean, I guess.
“She’s been really stressed out. The Government extended the ban so she was stressed trying to ring people back to cancel.”