SPEEDWAY: King’s Lynn will be represented by captain Josh Pickering and Richard Lawson in Monday’s Premiership Pairs opener at Peterborough, writes David Rowe.
Both riders scored heavily when the Minors & Brady Stars won at the East of England Arena in the League Cup over Easter, and they have been selected by team manager Alex Brady for the first round of the new competition.
All six of the league’s clubs will be competing with a round on each circuit, with Lynn scheduled to stage the third meeting on July 7.
Operations manager Dale Allitt, who was heavily involved in discussions to launch the competition, says it provides a welcome bonus to the Premiership fixture list.
Allitt said: “We had a lot of talks over the winter and it was quite obvious that because we only have six teams in the league at the moment, fixtures can become very repetitive.
“You race home and away twice, but that’s only 10 home fixtures for each track, so the League Cup was brought back, and for the Pairs we felt it could be something really different.
“It’s two of the top four riders from each team, so team managers do potentially have a choice of horses for courses if you like. It’s more meetings and hopefully the public will get behind it.
“The line-up for the first meeting at Peterborough is all the top guys really, so it should be an absolutely cracking night, and hopefully it brings a bit more spice to the season for all the fans. It’s pretty much one meeting a month as we go forward.”
Points are scored during the meeting on a 4-3-2-0 basis, with the top-scoring pair going straight to the final, while second and third race off for the other place in the decider.
Clubs are then allocated points according to their finishing position, which carry forward throughout the six rounds.
Allitt said: “I think it will be exciting right to the end, and each round offers something different.
“It’s a good competition and all the riders are signed up for it. It’s good news for British Speedway.
“What stands out about this competition is that it’s not diluted in any way, shape or form. One of the criticisms over the past few years has been that we don’t often get to see the top guys.
“There’s champions galore in there, whether it’s GPs, national championships, and they’re real racers as well.
“I think it will be a fantastic product for the whole season and a really good night of racing on Monday.”