King’s Lynn Stars revved up for Elite League Good Friday double-header against Lakeside Hammers
King's Lynn will take to the tapes twice today as they begin their slightly delayed start to the Elite League season.
The Stars were meant to travel to Lakeside Hammers this afternoon, having faced the club in their season opener at the Adrian Flux Arena last night. However, that clash fell foul of the wet weather, forcing officials to push the Saddlebow Road meeting back 24 hours.
So instead of heading home after their Arena Essex showdown, the riders, management and fans will head across to Norfolk where the two clubs will lock horns again in the most hastily of rearranged fixtures.
A Stars statement said: 'Lynn's management had been watching the forecast for the past 72 hours and with heavy rain due at the Adrian Flux Arena on Thursday night, there was little option but to postpone the meeting. The Stars will now begin their season with a double-header on Good Friday. The Stars will start their Elite League campaign with a trip to Lakeside's Arena Essex Raceway (1pm). Both teams will then travel back to the Adrian Flux Arena to face each other again. The meeting will start at 8pm.'
There will be no change to the men taking part on the track despite yesterday's postponement but there has been slight movement away from the shale as far as Lynn are concerned.
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They've announced that Dale Allitt, still the team boss of the club's Young Stars National League team, has now become a co-promoter as he continues to work more closely with key off-track figures Rob Lyon and Buster Chapman.
Allitt told his club's official website: 'I am delighted that I am now a co-promoter of King's Lynn Speedway.
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'It is a club that I am very fond of and I want to help the club succeed in the future. I will be taking a more active role in the day-to-day running of the club alongside Rob (Elite League team boss) and Keith (owner) and I think the future is a bright one for us all.'
Taking on a new role for Lynn has however forced Allitt to officially sever his ties with Premier League Peterborough Panthers – where he stepped in to work alongside Carl Johnson as joint team manager to guide the team to the play-offs.
Panthers supremo Ged Rathbone said: 'First and foremost I would like to congratulate Dale on being made a promoter at King's Lynn.
'Unfortunately the rules of British speedway mean that a promoter of one club cannot have an active position with another club, therefore Dale won't be able to carry on as joint team manager at Peterborough.
'We're very pleased that he will continue to assist us in a consultancy role, attending home and away meetings wherever possible and giving us the benefit of his knowledge and experience in the sport.
'Dale has had a positive impact on the club during his time with us and I want to place on record my thanks for that.'