King’s Lynn Stars braced for Russian invasion

King's Lynn chief Buster Chapman has labelled Russian GP ace Emil Sayfutdinov's pending British debut at the Norfolk Arena as 'sensational'.

The 21-year-old is poised to make his bow for new UK club Coventry Bees in Wednesday's Elite League Saddlebow showdown. The former World U21 champion is one of the shale sport's brightest prospects and Chapman expects a bumper turnout for the landmark occasion.

'This meeting is one that no speedway fan in the country will want to miss, it is a show stopper and what our move into the Elite League was all about,' he said. 'For Emil to be making his British debut at King's Lynn is simply sensational and I have no doubt he will take to the fast and grippy race track quickly. Saying that, our team must try to not let their attention be drawn to all the hype of Emil's appearance and instead concentrate on getting a win and maintaining our place in the Elite League top four.'

Lynn travel to Belle Vue on Monday night but team boss Rob Lyon is confident of an impressive display against high calibre opponents later this week.

'After seeing their victory over Poole in the play-off final last season we all know that Coventry have a good team spirit and they will never be defeated easily,' he said. 'But I am sure I can get the best out of our riders and the team can come out of the meeting with the majority of league points - but I know it's going to be tough and not for the faint-hearted.'

• Gates open: 6pm, parade 7.30pm, first race 7:45pm.

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