King's Lynn Stars owner would have gone with the flow had the season started
King’s Lynn Stars speedway owner Keith Chapman admitted he had doubts about an August start - but would have ‘gone with the flow’.
The sport’s professional top two levels were formally cancelled recently after some speculation that racing would begin this month, considering that coronavirus restrictions had eased generally.
But government guidelines ruled this out - and ‘Buster’ Chapman was relieved as he had reservations over rider availability, television and other sponsor issues, and public support.
The long-time Lynn chief and former British Speedway Promoters Association chair said: “It would worry me sick whether we’d have a team out on the day.
“In my own view I felt it would have been wrong for TV not knowing what team you’re going to get, or what team you’re not going to get.
“Riders being stuck in Poland (like Lynn’s heat leader Robert Lambert, potentially); riders being stuck in Sweden, you know. It all felt wrong.
“I couldn’t see where the public were going to have faith to turn out in numbers. You’ve got to understand, in speedway it’s very hard to make a profit: most of us lose money every year.
“For me, I would have been very concerned if we’d run in August but we would have run with the flow, we would have gone ahead; but it wouldn’t have been through choice, I have to say.”
The Stars boss told the club’s media services he wanted the same line-ups and conditions for 2021, given that no Premiership race action took place this year: “Hopefully we can keep the same sponsors, the same teams and the same kevlars,” he added.
“We’ve all spent thousands and thousands of pounds on race suits. We’ve had no money in from any sponsors so far, which is fully expected.
“So we paid that money out, so I believe we should keep the same teams. The boys haven’t raced so the averages will be the same. I see no reason why we shouldn’t.
“The business is hemorrhaging money at the moment, we’re losing money like mad, so it’ll be nice for me to say: Keep the race suits, sponsors and same teams.”
Meanwhile, Lynn’s Thomas Jorgensen has been selected for a Danish Championship semi-final which takes place next Wednesday, August 12.
He said: “I was surprised to receive news that they will go ahead. I’ll be giving it my best shot for a place in the Final in Vojens.”