King's Lynn Stars set to get their season up and running at Peterborough
King's Lynn finally get their team campaign up and running today (5pm) when they visit local rivals Peterborough in the League Cup.
The Minors & Brady Stars have been frustrated by back-to-back postponements against Ipswich, but all is set fair for the clash with the Panthers, who are reigning champions and have started the new season in ominous form.
Peterborough have already despatched Ipswich home and away to put seven points on the board in the League Cup group, with the Stars now set to race all four of their fixtures over an eleven-day period.
And this week’s clashes with the Panthers also double up as the Colin Pratt Memorial Trophy, with the aggregate winners to be presented with the silverware on Thursday in honour of the former rider, manager and promoter who passed away last year.
Alex Brady’s side hand debuts to new signings Josh Pickering – who takes over as captain – Richie Worrall, and Jack Thomas, along with a welcome return for Niels-Kristian Iversen at No.1.
Brady said: “We’ve made four changes from last season, and I think they’re all positive changes as well.
“We have riders coming in who I really wanted to bring to the club with Josh as captain, Jack as our Rising Star and Richie who I believe is the best reserve in this league – plus we have Niels in for a month.
“We have great support, and it’s really important that we have a good year this year. There’s no bones about it, we have to be better than last year.”
The Panthers are without reserve Benjamin Basso, who was their sole new signing of the winter and has already made a big impression.
Basso is racing in a Danish Under-21 qualifier and his place is taken by former Stars man Simon Lambert.
Start time at the East of England Arena is 5pm, and prior to racing there will be tributes paid to writer and broadcaster Nigel Pearson who sadly passed away on Friday.
Peterborough: Michael Palm Toft, Scott Nicholls, Ulrich Ostergaard, Hans Andersen, Chris Harris, Simon Lambert, Jordan Palin.
King's Lynn Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen, Thomas Jorgensen, Josh Pickering, Lewis Kerr, Richard Lawson, Richie Worrall, Jack Thomas.