SPEEDWAY: Fans packed into a forum at the Adrian Flux Arena last night to learn their wish has been granted.
Popular Danish rider Niels-Kristian Iversen will be returning in a King’s Lynn Stars race-jacket for the 2018 season.
The four-time World Cup winner, five-time Grand Prix winner and six-time Danish national champion will lead the Stars’ charge in the SGB Premiership.
Completing the Stars septet is another Dane, Kasper Andersen.
Andersen rode for Esbjerg in his home country last season, alongside Iversen and the Danish duo joins Robert Lambert, Thomas Jorgensen, Lewis Rose, Ty Proctor and Lewis Kerr in the Stars team.
Co-promoter Dale Allitt believes the final two signings guarantee excitement and entertainment for fans and is expecting both to make a big impact.
“To have these two riding for Lynn is a huge plus and it rounds off what we feel is a strong team who have the capability to push for the play-offs,” said Allitt.
“Sealing a return for Niels was always a priority for us because last season we missed him and I think he too missed us.
“Niels is an out-and-out No.1 who is a consistent, reliable, big points scorer. To have him home is great for everyone. We can’t wait to have him back.”
Iversen put in a strong recommendation for Andersen to join Lynn, as did former fans’ favourite Tom P Madsen, who worked with him in Denmark last season.
“He has performed well in the last year and he scored a paid maximum in his final meeting for Esbjerg, so the talent is certainly there,” said Allitt.
“Kasper is very keen to do well in his first season in England as a new asset of the club. Having the support of fellow Danes in Niels and Thomas Jorgensen will help him a lot.
“There’s no pressure on him and we believe he can form a dominant reserve partnership with Lewis Kerr.”
Other news announced last night, in front of more than 200 supporters, included free entry being extended to include under 16s.
A schools campaign is being run in conjunction with Your Local Paper to design a team mascot and a new anthem will also be created.
An end-of-season celebration will take place on October 19.
Meanwhile, new head of social media Julia Vaughan is re-energising the club’s communications and there is more news to come next Friday including details of an exciting partnership with a well-known university.
Mon 2 Leicester (KO) A
Wed 4 Leicester (KO) H
Mon 9 Belle Vue A
Wed 11 Wolverhampton H
Wed 18 Belle Vue H
Thu 19 Swindon A
Wed 25 Poole H
Mon 30 Wolverhampton A
Wed 2 Swindon H
Mon 7 Leicester A
Wed 16 Leicester H
Mon 28 Rye House A
Wed 30 Somerset H
Wed 13 Poole A
Mon 18 Rye House H
Wed 20 Somerset A
Thu 21 Swindon A
Wed 4 Leicester H
Mon 9 Rye House A
Wed 11 Somerset A
Mon 16 Leicester A
Wed 25 Swindon H
Mon 30 Somerset H
Wed 1 Poole A
Mon 6 Belle Vue A
Wed 8 Belle Vue H
Mon 13 Wolverhampton H
Wed 22 Rye House H
Wed 29 Poole H
Mon 3 Wolverhampton A
(all fixtures Premiership, unless stated)