King's Lynn boss gives the lowdown on Ipswich and Peterborough speedway line-ups
King’s Lynn Stars team manager Peter Schroeck gives readers the run-down on their league’s local speedway rivals.
All six 2021 Premiership teams have completed their one-to-seven line-ups and the Lynn News quizzed boss Schroeck about the Adrian Flux Arena side’s East Anglian opponents Ipswich and Peterborough.
Overall Schroeck said of this shortened campaign: “I see it that it will be quite evenly-balanced. Because it’s evenly-matched there’s a chance we’ll see very good racing.”
Ex-King’s Lynn Knights sensation, Ipswich’s Jason Crump, is the sole rider among this year’s British Premiership roster who is a current or former world champion.
The Witches visit Lynn in their curtain-raiser on May 17.
Australian 45-year-old veteran Crump is a good friend of Schroeck who said the three-times Grand Prix world title winner will be a guiding force: “Ipswich have got a relatively young team.
“Jason’s leading from the front. It’s a great thing just having him working in the pits and people are in awe of him and what he has achieved, for all the youngsters who are riding now.
“He’s working down in Plymouth with kids they’re bringing on. I know Jason really well. He has a completely different frame of mind now.
“Of course he wants to win but now he is enjoying his speedway. Chasing golden glory all the time, you can’t always enjoy it.
"He’s racing with Plymouth Gladiators this season in the Championship and is based down in Devon.”
On paper Peterborough have a strong-looking line-up led by ex-Stars boss Rob Lyon, and Lynn first clash with the Panthers at home on June 3.
Danish duo Hans Andersen and Bjarne Pedersen are packed with GP experience while compatriot Michael Palm Toft almost won the title with Lynn a few years ago.
Schroeck added: “Let’s see how they turn up on the day. At the end of the day, it’s just names.
"They’ve got Scotty (Nicholls) and Bomber (Chris Harris) and they are all capable of doing some damage.”
Other names to watch out for this campaign are the Belle Vue Aces’ Worrall twins who have both appeared in Lynn colours.
Meanwhile, there are two prominent Aussies who have featured for the Minors and Brady Stars in recent seasons: Troy Batchelor of Sheffield Tigers and Wolverhampton Wolves’ Rory Schlein, the current British champion.
Ipswich’s Nicolai Klindt and Wolverhampton Sam Masters, who doubled-up for Lynn in 2011, also are former Stars.
FULL 2021 PREMIERSHIP
Belle Vue Aces: Brady Kurtz, Jye Etheridge, Dan Bewley, Steve Worrall, Charles Wright, Ritchie Worrall, Tom Brennan.
Ipswich Witches: Cameron Heeps, Nicolai Klindt, Danny King, Jason Crump, Jordan Stewart, Anders Rowe, Drew Kemp.
King’s Lynn Stars: Lewis Kerr, Thomas Jorgensen, Craig Cook, Erik Riss, Ty Proctor, Ryan Kinsley, Lewis Bridger.
Peterborough Panthers: Michael Palm Toft, Chris Harris, Hans Andersen, Bjarne Pedersen, Jordan Palin, Ulrich Ostergaard, Scott Nicholls.
Sheffield Tigers: Kyle Howarth, Adam Ellis, Jack Holder, Troy Batchelor, Josh Bates, James Wright, Justin Sedgmen.
Wolverhampton Wolves: Ryan Douglas, Rory Schlein, Broc Nicol, Nick Morris, Luke Becker, Sam Masters, Tom Bacon.