Keith Chapman, right, is delighted at how his club’s fortunes have changed this season with a new team in place on and off the track.Picture: STEVE HONE.

King’s Lynn speedway owner Keith Chapman is urging fans to spread the word about ‘something special’ happening at the club.

The Tru Plant Stars are still on target for a SGB Premiership league and cup double after beating Swindon in Monday’s Knockout Cup semi-final at the Adrian Flux Arena.

And Chapman says crowds have increased this season thanks to the success of the team – and the hard work put in by the promotional team.

It’s all a far cry from this time last year when their season was over after the team collapsed and only just avoided the wooden spoon – and crowds went down.

Chapman said: “I’d urge everyone to spread the word to get behind the boys. Tell your friends about the exciting things we are doing here and what we are trying to achieve.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their support. It’s clear we’ve won over some new fans this season.

‘I’d urge everyone to spread the word to get behind the boys, tell your friends about the exciting things we are doing here and what we are trying to achieve’

“I’ve been very pleased with attendance levels since we’ve been racing more regularly and I’m sure a few who haven’t been for a while have returned this year.

“It’s going to be a tense time, but let’s all try and enjoy the weeks ahead and everything we strive to achieve as a club. 

“The first task was to get into the top four, then top the league. Two stages done, now to the cup and play-offs.”

Chapman also sang the praises of team boss Dale Allitt for the work he has done with his riders.

“It’s been good to have Dale back because we missed him last season,” he said. “He’s given it his all and has made the right call in everything he’s done. 

“He also has a good relationship with the riders and they have responded when he’s asked them.

“There’s still lots to do over the next few weeks but I want to see the place packed for our semi-final against Belle Vue on October 1. 

“Hopefully we can go to their place on Monday and keep things fairly close for us to finish the job at home.

“To still be challenging for the league and cup double heading towards October is great.”


All to race for at Belle Vue on Monday

King’s Lynn have already won twice in Manchester this season – so it was no shock when the Stars picked them in the play-offs.

But boss Dale Allitt knows the slate is wiped clean on Monday when they head to Manchester for the first leg with the return in Norfolk on Monday, October 1. 

The winners will race Poole or Somerset for the title.

Allitt said: “We have to treat Belle Vue with respect but of course we would love a repeat of what we’ve already achieved there this season.

“We’ll be going to the National Speedway Stadium to win. It’s a track our riders ride well and of course we’re guaranteed some fabulous speedway racing too.

“Win, lose or draw though, it will be the old cliché of ‘it’s only half time’ come 9.30pm next week and there’ll still be plenty to do regardless of the outcome back here in the second leg the following Monday.”

Lynn finished top of the top flight table to earn the right to pick their opponents for the first time in their history.

There remains the possibility of three more home meetings this season with the Knockout Cup Final date to be confirmed.

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