King's Lynn rider out for glory in Danish Speedway Championship
Popular King’s Lynn Stars speedway rider Thomas Jorgensen is determined to shine in the Danish Championship semi-final tomorrow.
Lynn’s dynamic Dane flew out from Stansted on Thursday (Aug 6) afternoon to compete in Esbjerg, which is well-known as racing birthplace of ex-Minors & Brady Stars legend and multiple Danish champion, Niels-Kristian Iversen.
Jorgensen’s best Danish title result is a joint fifth spot out of his prior three appearances in the competition and he is desperate to make up for a previous disappointment.
“I blew an engine in the semi-final last year and didn’t make it through. I only needed two points to go through,” he lamented.
He said the top five riders plus one reserve out of the 12 racing will qualify for the Final in Vojens (pronounced Voy-ens, he kindly confirmed with the Lynn News).
As a mark of how committed the 28 year-old is, he has already sent out two engines as a means of giving it his best shot.
The Aalborg-born ace said: “This time I want to do one better. I need to do it. I’ll do my absolute best to prove myself.
“I have already sent out two engines which I’ll be using over to Denmark two weeks ago. I just need to mount them in the frame and I’ll also be able to get some bike time.”
All his efforts will be off his own back as, unlike league racing, riders will be journeying out of their own pockets which have been severely depleted by the coronavirus pandemic.
But Jorgensen feels the sacrifice will be worthwhile if he gains some good scores and makes a name for himself: “Everything is out of your own expenses and I will try and make sure I can get a good result,” he said.
“If you can call yourself a Danish champion, it’s known in speedway worldwide. They do look at the Danish Championships and there are so many good riders. It will be so tough. It will be a really big and really important meeting for me.
“I want to get to the final and do well there because it can open doors to many opportunities in speedway, especially in Poland and in Sweden.
“It’s a strong semi with the likes of Nicolai Klindt, Michael Jepsen Jensen, Peter Kildermand, Rene Bach and my old Lynn team-mate Kasper Andersen.”
It is fitting Jorgensen is racing at a venue in southwest Denmark so associated with a compatriot and former Lynn team-mate - they were part of a one-to seven who nearly won the title together in 2018.
Jorgensen remarked: “Niels is awesome. He was during my time at King’s Lynn. He was good in the pits and it was good to have another Dane in there with you. He’s a good, experienced rider who knows a lot of tracks.
“He won’t be riding in the semi-final, I think he’s straight through to the final.”
Jorgensen added: “If I get through, it’ll be a tough one in Vojens at the end of September.”