King’s Lynn chief Chapman promises a night to remember
King's Lynn co-promoter Jonathan Chapman admitted landing another World Team Cup speedway event next year is a major coup.
The Norfolk Arena will again host some of the finest riders in the sport in front of a bumper Saddlebow crowd and live global television audience next summer. Speedway's top brass confirmed yesterday event two will be staged in Norfolk on July 11, featuring Team GB against potential powerhouse nations like reigning champions Poland, Denmark or Australia.
Stars' team chief Rob Lyon guided the home nation past their old foes in front of more than 7,000 fans this summer in an epic qualifier before narrowly missing out on a podium place in the final at Vojens. Chapman is confident of emulating that success on and off the track after an impressive bow on the world stage this season.
'Its fantastic news,' he said. 'Obviously with the way we organised the event this year and in terms of how well run it was this is a big coup for us to stage it again. Believe me, it doesn't automatically have to come back here to the UK each year - let alone to King's Lynn. The people behind the event have been down to the track again since and checked out all the new terracing which has been finished, so that will allow us to get even more people in and the atmosphere will be fantastic. To put it in context its almost like saying King's Lynn Town football club has earned the right to stage the next England international away from Wembley - that's how big an event this has become in the speedway calendar.'
Scott Nicholls and Chris 'Bomber' Harris spearheaded Team GB's notable triumph this season against an Australian outfit minus former Norfolk Arena racer and ex-World Champion Jason Crump. Nicholls' victory in the final heat secured a 51-48 win with Sweden and Finland finishing in the minor places.
'I'm sure whoever is drawn against GB it is guaranteed to be a memorable occasion,' said Chapman. 'Could you imagine if Poland were drawn here? That would be unbelievable or even Australia again. After what happened before and with Leigh Adams now retired I wonder if Crumpie would fancy coming back to help them. It really is an awesome event in prospect. The only thing we want to put right this time around is the flies. Anyway who has regularly visited the stadium will know that was a complete freak happening on the night and probably just down to how muggy it was.'
Next year's week-long series begins in Vojens, Denmark, on July 9 with the action switching to Lynn two days later. The winners from both meetings will progress to the final at Poland's new Gorzow venue on July 16. The second and third-placed teams in events one and two must battle out it for the remaining two final spots in a race off, also scheduled for Gorzow on July 14.
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