SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn’s revamped team are hoping to get together for the first time on March 10, writes Nigel Pearson.
That is the date for a behind-closed-doors team practice at the Adrian Flux Arena, with the possibility of a social evening afterwards.
Only Richard Lawson, Lewis Kerr and Thomas Jorgensen have survived from last season’s team, which finished bottom of the Premiership.
They have tempted former Grand Prix star Peter Kildemand back to the UK, Josh Pickering has made the switch from Sheffield, Richie Worrall is back for the second time, after leaving Belle Vue, and Jack Thomas is the club’s Rising Star rider.
Team manager Alex Brady is hoping everything falls into place to make it happen – including flights for his international riders and the great British weather!
He said: “Hopefully it will fall into place and it will be the first time we all get together, all being well. We’ve been very active though on the WhatsApp group and we’re building a real team ethos through this.
“There’s no substitute though for us all being together, so when Picko (Josh Pickering) lands in the UK at the beginning of March, we’ll be looking to get together as often as possible.”
Brady, who joined the club midway through last season, says his enthusiasm ahead of the new campaign is rated at 10 out of 10.
He said: “I’m really excited. I’ve honestly been going to bed thinking of speedway, waking up and it’s the first thing on my mind – it’s an obsession!
“I’m driving my wife and kids mad, talking about it all the time!”
Meanwhile testimonial man Kerr has added popular Australian Ryan Douglas to his line-up for the big day.
He stages his meeting at Lynn on Sunday, March 20, and a big crowd is expected.
Douglas is racing for Wolverhampton at Premiership level this season and has been on form during Australia’s summer.
“It’s great to welcome Ryan as the next rider in my meeting,” said Kerr. “We rode together at Scunthorpe a few years back.
“He’s such a great guy, who always has a smile on his face.
“I believe he can go to the next level in the sport and having someone like Darcy Ward in your corner can only help.”