King's Lynn Stars' rider crosses paths with former racer
It’s a small world in speedway, it seems, because a current King’s Lynn Stars rider has been working with a former one.
While bikes lay mainly dormant during coronavirus from last Spring onwards, Danish racer Thomas Jorgensen has been engaged – sometimes flat-out – since last summer in a factory near where he lives in Boston, Lincolnshire.
It is there that Jorgensen has crossed employment paths with Carl Wilkinson, who rode for the Minors and Brady Stars in 2016 and also at the beginning of his career for Lynn’s second-string side and hs native Boston side in various years between 1999 and 2005.
Adrian Flux Arena favourite Jorgensen said: "I’ve been earning a bit of money through the factory because I’ve been here for so long now.
“Carl's here as well –it's all happening. A lot of people here, different contractors, will be asking me: Will you be riding at King’s Lynn next year? It’s quite funny and it is a small world.”
The Dane is working at a newly-built vegan ‘meat’ factory, Plant & Bean, a 65-acre site which aims to meet an increased demand for plant-based products.
The 28-year-old said: “Carl is sub-contracted to Plant & Bean. They need refrigeration and plumbers and there are all sorts of different contractors here.
“We have to do risk assessments and there are a lot of health and safety issues which are strict and it is on a proper building site. We’ve also been putting water through all of the pipes.
“There is only me, Carl and one other here doing risk assessments.”
With vaccination very much in the news, US pharma group Pfizer warned last Friday that Covid-19 vaccine deliveries to Denmark and Europe would be reduced until the end of February as the company increases its production capacity.
Both of Jorgensen’s parents are over-70 and he added about vaccinations: “I’m probably more worried about them than they are about themselves.
“They are both retired and don’t have many needs to go anywhere; and do things like make sure they don’t touch door handles outside."