Lynn to stage top-quality showdowns

King's Lynn Stars co-promoter Jonathan Chapman is promising a speedway spectacular in tonight's prestigious Elite League pairs' showpiece at the Norfolk Arena.

King's Lynn Stars co-promoter Jonathan Chapman is promising a speedway spectacular in tonight's prestigious Elite League pairs' showpiece at the Norfolk Arena (7pm).

World champion and current title holder Jason Crump heads a glittering cast list of grand prix racers battling it out for the first big prize of the domestic season.

Chapman and Lynn club officials have worked overtime to prepare Saddlebow for a predicted 5,000 strong Easter holiday invasion.

"This is the crème de la crème," he said. "Even if we had Elite League racing here every other week this would still be a special meeting. There's a lot of pressure on us because this is the biggest we've staged for a long while, without a doubt.

"I would predict at least 4,000 and probably more judging by the amount of interest and advance ticket sales. Fans will come from all over the country. Not just those who support Elite League clubs but people who love good speedway.

"The line up is fantastic. You could say its grand prix quality but I think it'll be even more exciting with the added team element."

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Crump powered to the pairs' crown in Belle Vue colours alongside Simon Stead at Swindon last year. The Aussie arrives as hot favourite in tandem with Bjarne Pedersen for new club Poole.

British number one Scott Nicholls anchors a potent Coventry outfit with Norfolk Arena specialist Rory Schlein. Former Saddlebow favourite Leigh Adams and Sebastian Ulamek bid to clinch Swindon's third success in four years.

Organisers of the first super7 event of the new season have split the ten top flight clubs into two pools. Only the top two in each section will qualify for a sudden death semi and final.

"I don't think Poole will win it," said Chapman. "If I had to put my money on anyone it would probably be Coventry.

"They are flying at the moment and both Scotty and Rory go well around the Norfolk Arena. To me they look a good pair and you have to remember that is the name of the game."

All the riders will be available for an autograph signing session, scheduled for 5.30pm. Prior to the main event the UK freestyle MotoX team are also set to perform.

Admission prices: Adults £20, students/OAPs £15, juniors (aged 12 to 15) £5 with free entry for children aged 11 and under.