King’s Lynn’s Topinka poised to double up
King's Lynn stalwarts Tomas Topinka and Kevin Doolan yesterday moved onto pastures new as the Stars' Elite League revolution gathered pace.
Captain Topinka has agreed a season-long loan switch to Premier League Workington following Lynn's decision to move up to the top flight for 2011.
Topinka is expected to remain part of the club's Elite League plans in a doubling up capacity but former team mate Doolan has cut his ties after agreeing a full transfer to Premier League new boys Ipswich.
Doolan will skipper a Witches' side featuring ex-Stars' racers Chris Schramm and Chris Mills. Danish teenage talent Lasse Bjerre has also been named in Ipswich's septet but the youngster is poised to double up with Lynn alongside elder brother Kenneth.
Stars' co-promoter Jonathan Chapman confirmed Topinka still has a Saddlebow future after racing for Lynn since the early 1990s.
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'It works out well for both of us,' said Chapman. 'Tomas will be riding for Workington who are a Saturday night track and there is only going to be Eastbourne who clash in the Elite, so he will go there on a season long loan and we would look to use him.
'Kevin has gone on a full transfer. We couldn't afford what Kevin wanted in the Premier League, but that probably made things easier when we decided to go into the Elite because we only had Tomas as an out and out number one to consider. Lasse is also someone who we would hope to use in terms of doubling up and we were fully aware of his move to Ipswich.'
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Lynn will unveil more of their 2011 Elite League line up later this week after recruiting Danish duo Niels-Kristian Iversen and grand prix star Kenneth Bjerre.
'He is the type of signing that will probably make the rest of the sport sit up and take notice a little bit,' said Chapman. 'We felt it was so important to have an out and out number one in this league. One or two clubs have gone wrong in the past by not doing that and you only have to look at the importance of someone like Freddie Lindgren to Wolverhampton.
'With the tactical sub rule you have a chance to possibly pick up six points home or away with a quality rider and you look at heats 13 or 15 which can be crucial to the outcome of meetings. Tomas on his average in the Premier League we could be reasonably confident he could do well, but at the Elite level you are up against world class riders who won't be afraid of our track. Maybe a few riders in the Premier were and so that is why we need a pairing like Kenneth and Niels-Kristian Iversen to be strong in those heats.'
Ipswich director of speedway Chris Louis believes the experienced Doolan has a huge role to play at Foxhall to help guide the likes of Bjerre and Taylor Poole.
'Kevin is one of the best team players around and will be there with help and advice, especially for the younger guys in the team,' he said. 'In Lasse and Taylor we have two of the hottest properties in the league who can't wait to don a Witches race jacket and continue their improvement.'
Lynn asset Jan Graversen has also completed a free transfer move to Premier League newcomers Leicester.