SPEEDWAY: New King’s Lynn signing Cameron Heeps says the opportunity to link up with team manager Peter Schroeck was a major part of his decision to join the club, writes Nigel Pearson.
And, in an ironic twist, he will come up against the club he started the season with on Monday when Ipswich visit the Adrian Flux Arena.
Heeps has ridden for Schroeck before, during a brief spell at Rye House.
He was available to sign for the Minors & Brady Stars after Ipswich were forced to make two team changes to cover for their injury crisis, with three riders on the sidelines in the same week.
He said: “I made a mistake at Ipswich and stuck it in the fence, dislocating the AC joint in my shoulder, which was a bit annoying, especially when it was such a silly mistake. Fortunately I haven’t had too long off the bike.
“I have spent a lot of money going to see Brian Simpson to get my shoulder sorted so I can get back racing as soon as possible. It’s going to be a bit different for me being on a different team because I was at Ipswich for nine years, but at the same time it’s exciting.
“I did a year at Rye House with Peter Schroeck and we’ve formed a pretty good friendship, being good mates since then, keeping in touch with each other.
“He has always followed me, no matter whether I had a really good or terrible meeting.
“Pete would message me, which is nice when he wasn’t even my team manager but he still did that, which shows what kind of person he is. I’m buzzing to be back working with him again!”
Meanwhile, Schroeck admits he hit a low point in the aftermath of the Belle Vue defeat.
He said: “I have seen some terrible things said about me and the boys but all you can do is hold back.
“Maybe they don’t know everything that is going on but we respect how the fans feel. All we can do is work as hard as possible to get it right and that is what we are doing.
“It is tough sometimes. You think to yourself what can you do, I cannot go out there and ride the bikes for them and I know some of the problems these guys have faced.
“It is soul destroying sometimes but we won’t be sitting around pitying ourselves, we just have to get on with it.
“People will always look back to the past and what we did in 2018 but we are in 2021 now, we need to forget about the past and build on what we have now. That’s what we are trying to do with the new team.
“I am trying very hard not to get downhearted but it is difficult. I would be lying if I said it didn’t hurt, because I care.”
Tickets are on sale for the Ipswich meeting and fans are urged to visit the official club website – www.kingslynn-
speedway.com – for details.