King’s Lynn racer Allen aims to shine on home shale
Norwich-born racer Olly Allen is pledging to repay the club's faith after agreeing to join the King's Lynn Stars' Elite League adventure next season.
Allen is one of a quartet of racers retained from last year's disappointing Premier League campaign alongside Adam Roynon and doubling up duo Tomas Topinka and Lasse Bjerre.
The 28-year-old raced for Coventry and Swindon in the top flight and believes the recent arrivals of high class Danish pair Niels-Kristian Iversen and grand prix ace Kenneth Bjerre bode well.
'To be honest I would like to think I am a much better rider than my starting average of 4.78,' he said. 'I love being at King's Lynn and that will be a big boost in getting myself back to top form. I think it's great that the club has taken the step up into the Elite League and the meetings will provide some cracking racing. Looking at the team that's being put together I think we definitely have a chance of doing really well and I can't wait for the season to start.'
Skipper Topinka returns to the Norfolk Arena for a 15th season alongside his Premier League commitments with Workington.
'Tomas first came to ride for me when he was only 17 years of age and over the years has proved a great servant to this club,' said co-promoter Buster Chapman, who also confirmed the club's weekly race night will remain on a Wednesday during 2011. 'Tomas is ranked up there alongside Terry Betts as one of the most popular riders to ever grace a King's Lynn race jacket and his experience will be a very important part of any success we achieve in the Elite League.'
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'Tomas always wanted to come to Workington and didn't want to ride for anybody else,' he said. 'When he became available there were two or three clubs wanting to sign him but that didn't really come into it because I wanted him and I know that he wanted to come here. He has stacks of experience and Derwent Park is one of his favourite tracks.'
Topinka will share the Stars' number five duties alongside another doubling up rider with Lynn's hierarchy poised to complete their team-building plans before Christmas. Team boss Rob Lyon is predicting big things from Lasse Bjerre who showed glimpses of potential during his British debut season in Norfolk.
'Lasse was incredibly quick last season but he always had to score his points from the back because his gating skills hadn't quite developed,' said Lyon. 'This year I expect those skills to dramatically improve, especially with his brother in the same team, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him becoming an overnight sensation - just like Darcy Ward did in 2009.'
Bjerre's big pal Roynon has been named as Lynn's number eight for their top flight return.
'I loved being at King's Lynn last season,' he said. 'I was disappointed when I found out I wasn't going to be racing there in the Premier League next season, but this opportunity has more than made up for it and if I get the chance to ride I will give it everything I have. My goal is to race full time in the Elite League in the near future.'
King's Lynn's 2011 Elite League line up (and averages)
1 Kenneth Bjerre 9.47, 2 Niels-Kristian Iversen 7.76, 3 tbc, 4 Olly Allen 4.78, 5 Tomas Topinka 4.58 and tbc, 6 Lasse Bjerre 3.67 and tbc, 7 tbc, 8 Adam Roynon 3.00.