Temporary boss brought in at club's press and practice day
King’s Lynn Stars co-promoter Robin Brundle feels no pressure – despite team boss Dale Allitt falling victim to a virus and the speedway team needing to follow a successful 2018.
Lynn, who begin their campaign next week, reached two SGB Premiership finals last year.
Brundle said at yesterday’s press and practice day: “We’re starting with a team similar to last year and everyone wrote us off. We’ve got stronger.
“We’re the hunted. We came top of the Premiership last year. I think people will be looking at ourselves as the benchmark.”
He added: “Unfortunately Dale has a virus that has taken him down. He’s normally pretty tough but the virus has taken him to his bed today.
“It looks like it’ll be a few weeks until he’s ready for the start of the season. There’s a good chance his understudy from last year, Scott Campos, will be looking after the pits for Dale until he gets well. We all wish him a speedy recovery.”
Brundle says the club, who again have completed a comprehensive pre-season programme for its riders, feels no pressure: “We’ve got a great routine going; with the winter training, and we’ve got a whole structure for a race meeting,” he commented.
“We’re looking at an outside sports psychologist for the following winter. We’ve done additional neck training for the guys as away tracks can be quite bumpy and the head is the heaviest organ on the body.
“We were delighted with two silver medals but were smarting we didn’t get gold. Everyone is focused on taking the gold medals.
We’ve got a rhythm going. Because we’ve got virtually the same riders as we had last year we’re able to actually get straight into the same rhythm from race one this year.
“I feel really confident.”
Brundle is especially looking forward to Lynn crossing swords again with local rivals Peterborough – who have sensationally parted company with winter arrival Craig Cook over contract matters – and Ipswich.
“I remember going as a child to those sort of derbies and seeing how much fun they were. They’re a great spectacle for the fans. Speedway for the east of England is brilliant.”
Lynn travel to the Ipswich Witches next Thursday.