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Buster Chapman apologises to King’s Lynn Stars fans – and has a dig at some of his riders

PUBLISHED: 11:07 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 14 July 2017

Stars owner Buster Chapman has apologised to supporters. Picture: Matthew Usher

Stars owner Buster Chapman has apologised to supporters. Picture: Matthew Usher

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King’s Lynn Stars have apologised to fans angered by a long delay during their home clash with Poole.

Problems with the track forced a break in proceedings in Thursday’s meeting, leaving fans frustrated and angry – and club owner Keith Chapman criticising some of his own riders for their reluctance to race.

In a statement yesterday, the club said they “fully understand the frustration and anger felt by many regarding the long delay as certain riders voiced their displeasure at conditions”.

Chapman said: “I have put my heart and soul into this club and I take things like this personally, I am as angry and frustrated as every supporter.

“However, I must offer our apologies because the paying public are the lifeblood of the sport. I spoke to many fans last night and apologised to them all.”

The Stars went down to a 52-40 defeat – 24 hours after recording an excellent 49-44 against the same opponents on the south coast – and were not helped by four exclusions for riders missing the two minutes’ time allowance while Chris Holder apparently refused to ride in heat 11 against his former side.

“I was extremely disappointed with the attitude of certain riders. When you looked at the Poole guys they were out there ready to race.

“The race times were reasonable, but clearly some riders didn’t fancy it and there was no thought for the fans.

“I agree rider safety has to be paramount but when the Poole riders have no problem I have to question the attitude of certain riders in my team.”

The problems during the meeting were exacerbated when manager Dale Allitt was taken ill during the meeting and went to hospital.

“We are awaiting an update on Dale,” said Chapman.

“It was a very worrying situation but we wish him well for a speedy recovery, he’s a very popular character at the club and around the sport.”

Chapman is also urging fans not to turn their back on the club.

“I’m determined to bounce back from this,” he said. “But for that to happen we need the fans to stay with us. Without them there will be no King’s Lynn Speedway.”

The Stars resume their Premiership programme at home to Rye House next Wednesday.

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