No way home at Christmas for King's Lynn Star Jorgensen
Many people won’t be able to see their loved ones over Christmas and Lynn Stars racer Thomas Jorgensen is among them.
Restrictions back home in Denmark and the overall coronavirus picture mean it is nearly impossible for Boston-based Jorgensen and his girlfriend Samantha to travel to Scandinavia during the festive break.
Jorgensen’s sole 2020 league speedway action was riding for Piraterna in the Swedish Elitserien during which he stayed in Denmark for seven weeks to cut down on travelling.
But, for the foreseeable future, there will be no reunion in Aalborg, northern Denmark, with the 28-year-old’s parents, Thomas senior and Karen.
He said: “I’ll have to Skype them and we will have to do it next year. We’ll go to Samantha’s mum and dad’s, and perhaps go to another family on another day. I’m not sure it’s possible to get all the households in one place. It’s going to be very difficult.
“We’re still trying to figure out what to do. I’m just looking forward to enjoying the food over Christmas - then I will have to run it all off! I will definitely miss my mum’s cooking.”
Meanwhile Jorgensen, who also rides for Scunthorpe and has declared his availability for Lynn next year, is grateful for the backing he has received during a pandemic-hit season.
“I thank all this year’s sponsors, especially Steve Gledhill at DataServe Retro from Staffordshire who does all my website (www.tj11racing.com) and social media as I haven’t got time to do it. Steve helps me out with my sponsors and sends them monthly newsletters. If I didn’t have him, I literally couldn’t do it.”
Jorgensen is still looking for a spot with a Swedish club for 2021 after sealing a ride in Denmark.
He said: “I’m trying desperately to get into Sweden. It is something I need to do for next year. I need more employment for my mechanic to make it worth his while and I can’t do the bikes on my own.”
Both he and his partner are self-employed so have found 2020 particularly trying, but there is some festive cheer for their Lincolnshire household: “Samantha is back at work and doing seven days a week,” the Dane said.