King’s Lynn stay out of Elite row

King's Lynn Stars have refused to comment on the potential crisis facing the Elite League.

Coventry Bees and Peterborough Panthers this week confirmed that they are seeking a court injunction against the British Speedway Promoters Association (BSPA). The two clubs were omitted from the 2011 Elite League line-up after disputing proposed rule changes at the BSPA AGM last year. They subsequently attended an EGM at BSPA headquarters on Wednesday, but were unable to reach agreement over the dispute.

The absence of Coventry and Peterborough from the Elite League next season led to the BSPA sanctioning the promotion of both King's Lynn and Birmingham Brummies from the Premier League, as Ipswich Witches moved down.

The Stars have responded to their promotion by building a strong team for 2011, with recent recruits including Danish duo Morten Risager and Lasse Bjerre and Australian Sam Masters.

They will now be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the latest development, but Stars promoter Buster Chapman told the EDP that, after taking legal advice, he was unable to comment on the matter. However a post on the club's Facebook page appeared to suggest the Stars are confident of the season going ahead as planned. It said simply: 'King's Lynn Stars are looking forward to racing in March!'

A joint statement from Coventry and Peterborough said: 'It is with great regret that Coventry and Peterborough have to announce that the management of both clubs and the members of the BSPA have been unable to reach agreement in relation to the dispute arising from the 2010 AGM. As a result both Coventry and Peterborough have no alternative but to protect their position by issuing court proceedings against the BSPA as soon as possible, which is likely to include an application for an injunction to address issues arising from the 2010 AGM.'