New King’s Lynn Young Stars speedway skipper Danny Phillips is relishing his task.
The Young Stars over the winter named recent arrival Phillips as captain for their 2017 third-tier National League campaign, which begins next week at Cradley.
At a very rainy and windswept Adrian Flux Arena on the team’s press and practice day, the 20-year-old said today (Wednesday 22): “It’s a good opportunity and the first time I’ve been team captain. I’ll grasp it as much as I can.”
Lynn will again be fielding a young developmental team full of promising riders, including Lynn-born Lewis Whitmore and Norfolk-born Josh Bailey and Ryan Kinsley.
“I will obviously try and help all the other boys as much as I can. I’m only 20 and not as experienced as other riders can be,” the North Yorkshireman added.
“What I know, I’ll tell them. If it works, it works for them. If they’re struggling, I’ll help them. I think the main reason why I’ve been picked to be captain, I think, of this team is I’ve done all the National League tracks.
“So I know roughly what set-up to have on all of them and I’ll be able to pass that on if some of the lads haven’t been around the tracks - like Lewis (Whitmore) - I don’t think he’s done many tracks.
“I’ll be able to help him with the set-up or advise which one to use. Either you can write it down or memorise it. It’s easier for me to write it down.
“I’ve also looked at the team qute a lot with Scott (team manager Campos). I think we’ve got a really strong team.”
Phillips - who numbers Scunthorpe, Mildenhall and Cradley as his previous clubs - moved from league rivals Stoke Potters in the winter and is doubling-up with Newcastle in the SGB Championship second tier this year.
The Saddlebow Road stadium side have one more rider to place in their one-to-seven after heat leader Kyle Hughes had to withdraw due to some old injury problems.
Campos is discussing moves with possible riders on three or six-point averages but revealed on Wednesday nothing has been confirmed, but he does have around nine points to play with. The club stalwart has not ruled out tracking himself in the early stages of the season.
Team and averages so far: Josh Bailey 8.48, Danny Phillips 6.25, Ryan Kinsley 5.37, Connor Locke 3.00, Taylor Hampshire 3.00, Lewis Whitmore 3.00; manager: Scott Campos 6.36.