King's Lynn Stars co-promoter delighted with speedway return
Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt was delighted with speedway returning to King’s Lynn at the weekend - which also seemed to meet the approval of fans.
Due to coronavirus, Sunday’s British Youth Championship third round was the first competitive meeting at the Adrian Flux Arena since October 2019.
After Scunthorpe, Lynn was just the second UK track in 2020 to stage an event with crowds.
Allitt said: “It’s been great to have bikes back at King’s Lynn and it’s been a really good meeting as well.
“I think there’s been some really good racing – the 250cc final was exceptional – and yes it’s good to put something back and get the kids on track. It’s been good to see some people at the stadium as well.”
Allitt was also encouraged by the performance of new Lynn asset, 16-year-old Elliot Kelly, who notched his second successive podium spot.
“It’s a little bit of a disadvantage because he has only been riding for a couple of years but he’s done well.
“That’s a podium at Leicester and a podium today and it’s all about work in progress for the future.
"But the main thing for today was there is a little bit more normality, getting the meeting on and proving to ourselves we could do it as much as anything else working with the local authorities, which has been good; so yes, we’re really happy with it.”
Allitt agreed it was an encouraging sign for the sport going forward into 2021.
“That was the whole point of doing it,” he added. “Obviously we wanted to put back something for the kids. We wanted to try and do something, and for our fans.
“We’ve tried hard to get some racing. For me for going forward it’s like, well look: We can do it. We’ve put a ticketing system in place which worked well which we trialled.
“I think, overall, whatever happens going forward if the restrictions are still similar we know we can do it and we know we can do it successfully. That was what a big part of today was, as well.
“To have 400 to 500 people here today was great; with riders, mechanics and members of the public.
“Yes it’s difficult and a little bit what you’re not used to, but that’s the world we’re living in at the minute, so the biggest thing for us was we’ve gone through that process and it was successful.”
One fan’s positive reaction was Mr Victor Bell of Lynn, who said: “It’s brilliant. This is the encouragement they want, isn’t it? Starting off with young ones like this. We want a lot more of these meetings, don’t we?
“I’ve been watching speedway since I was about 12; I’m now 76. It’s a family sport and there’s never any trouble. It’s a shame about this year, really. I’m just looking forward to next year.”