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King's Lynn speedway ace feeling the pinch due to cost of living crisis

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King’s Lynn host Ipswich on Monday and Stars racer Thomas Jorgensen says he is feeling the pinch due to the cost of living crisis.

Diesel for vans and methanol for bikes are just two expenses that have mushroomed in price.

The Dane said the cost of living rises affect everyone as well as speedway riders like himself: “Loads. I’ve got a fuel card and even that’s gone pretty high.

Thomas Jorgensen - Credit: Ian Burt. (55668998)
Thomas Jorgensen - Credit: Ian Burt. (55668998)

“It’s the same for everybody. Our wages don’t really go up but everything else is going up so it is difficult. We just have to take it day-by-day. Diesel, as everyone knows, has gone up and methanol is the same.”

One online speedway supplier of methanol was charging 25.20 euros for 10 litres including 20 per cent tax, for example, while diesel has increased to £1.80-plus per litre recently.

The highlight of the 29 year-old’s day in Lynn’s 48-42 League Cup success at Peterborough was a 5-1 maximum heat win with compatriot Niels-Kristian Iversen in Heat 1, scoring 5+1 overall.

Jorgensen said of the Minors & Brady Stars: “It all looks like a really strong team this year. We all know each other and are all good mates. We’re all hungry.

“Personally I’ve trained hard in the winter and worked hard, driving the lorries.”

The Lynn News revealed in February that Jorgensen began a winter HGV driving job.

He said: “I knew before I got the licence there was a shortage of lorry drivers so I just did my bit. I needed money desperately and the outgoings in speedway are going up dramatically, the pricing and everything.

“Inflation in the world is going up and I’ve been really struggling with money and trying to prepare for the season.

“It cost me two-and-a-half grand for the licence so I had to work hard to get that paid, plus work a bit extra to pay for my equipment.

“Sponsor-wise, I’ve been let down by three sponsors in Denmark. It’s been tough but I’m not complaining; I’ve been lucky to pick up work.”

Jorgensen postponed his driving work just before the season began, and revealed: “I’m on a zero-hour contract so that means literally I can say to them when I can work.

“I’m only starting to get my sleep back. I sometimes start at four in the morning and do 15-hour days.”

The Aalborg-born rider has also signed for Gdansk in Poland and a two-year contract with Nordjysk Elite Speedway in his native Denmark.

He added that he is fit-again after missing the end of 2021: “I had a fairly big crash when Lynn was away at Sheffield.

“It did knock me out briefly and I realised two weeks after that I had a fracture on my spine as well. I’m fully recovered from that now. I took time off at the end of the season and am fully ready now.

“I had a really good start but was hit-and-miss in the middle and picked up towards the end.

“We all tried our hardest. We never really clicked at the same time. We had a good home win (over Belle Vue), won at Ipswich and that was the two best results we had.

“With Covid we were all grateful we could ride. We hope this year will be much better.”

Lynn were due to host Peterborough last night (Thursday) in their first home clash of the campaign.

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