Speedway fans in Norfolk will dine at the sport’s top table again next summer when the prestigious World Cup returns to King’s Lynn.

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The Stars’ Norfolk Arena home has been chosen to host a ‘semi-final’ for the fourth year in a row as it continues to live up to its billing as arguably the country’s best track.

Top riders from Great Britain, Denmark, Sweden and another country, who will have to qualify for the meeting , will take to the famous Saddlebow Road shale for Event Two on July 15, much to the delight of Lynn chief Jonathan Chapman.

“It’s fantastic news for the club to have a World Cup event here again. We’re very proud and hopefully it can be even bigger and better than before,” said the Stars’ co-promoter. We have proved that we can hold world-class events here and the BSI are more than happy to bring them to us. The riders enjoy the fantastic track surface and so do the fans. A few eyebrows were raised when we hosted it as a Premier League club but our hard work has been vindicated. The stadium improvement has helped but it’s the track that gets us it. Buster (Chapman) prepares such a great track – it’s one of the best in the world, full stop.”

Since 2010, more than 20,000 fans have visited the county’s home of speedway as some of the best racers on the planet have battled it out in Lynn.

Formula One superstar Mark Webber even graced the Norfolk Arena earlier this summer when the Stars’ hosted their third World Cup meeting in front of another worldwide television audience.

Chapman expects yesterday’s decision to not only please speedway fans in East Anglia, but those who follow the sport across the UK.

He said: “It’s a date for the diary, not just of fans in Lynn though. Fans across the country will be excited it’s here because they see great racing here on the TV and then come.

“We expect another big crowd. Other clubs approached the BSI but why would they change something that’s not broken? We’ve had three fantastic years and every year it gets better.

“We won’t take it for granted though. It’s why we work hard to put on a such a good show. Who knows, if we can put on another great event, maybe one year we’ll get the final.”

Tickets for the event are expected to go on sale for the event early next year.

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