King’s Lynn scrap Pride of the East
King's Lynn speedway officials yesterday announced that the Pride of the East finale to the season has been cancelled.
The individual showpiece had been provisionally booked for Friday, October 14, but a lack of rider availability has been cited for the meeting having to be scrapped for a second consecutive campaign.
In a club statement they said: 'We have been struggling to assemble a competitive line up for various reasons and have decided to cancel the meeting rather than run a substandard product. Decisions like this are hard but in all honesty it was getting harder by the day to put the event together,
'I don't blame the riders, they just simply have a busy schedule and the ones that are available are not prepared to ride for the money that is on offer. We could run a Premier League standard meeting, but we did that last week with the international 'Top Gun' meeting which to be honest wasn't very well supported.'
A Stars' select takes on an American touring team at the Norfolk Arena tonight (7.30pm).
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The Stars' team will be made up of five members of the current Young Stars. Kyle Hughes spearheads the team at number one with Scott Campos and James Cockle making up the middle order while vastly improving Lewis Kerr at number five.
The fifth member of the Young Stars team, Tom Stokes, will be joined by young Sam Woods who has been racing in Denmark this season and at number two will be 22-year-old Tom Armstrong.
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The American Dream Team have brought over a host of young riders aiming to impress – including the top three from their national U21 championship. Talented teenager Austin Novratil claimed victory in that series ahead of Russell Green. Both will be joined by 19-year-old Bryce Starks who finished third.
USA U21 World Cup team members Mike Burman and Rocco Scopellite join the team along with Californian Michael Raines, experienced racers Eddie Castro and Robbie Sauer at reserve.
The final fixture of the 2011 season at Saddlebow will be a British U23 test match against their Swedish counterparts on Wednesday, October 19.
• Admission prices for this evening's American touring challenge: Adults �10, concessions �7, juniors �4 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.
• Stars Select: Kyle Hughes, Tom Armstrong, Scott Campos, James Cockle, Lewis Kerr, Sam Woods, Tom Stokes.
• American Dream Team: Austin Novratil, Russell Green, Bryce Starks, Mike Buman, Rocco Scopellite, Michael Raines, Eddie Castro, Robbie Sauer.