Saddlebow set to host prestigious May event
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn's Norfolk Arena will stage a British speedway semi-final on Wednesday, May 12. Club officials confirmed yesterday Saddlebow had been selected to host the prestigious domestic individual meeting which could feature the likes of five-time winner Scott Nicholls, Lewis Bridger and current British champion Chris Harris.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn's Norfolk Arena will stage a British speedway semi-final on Wednesday, May 12.
Club officials confirmed yesterday Saddlebow had been selected to host the prestigious domestic individual meeting which could feature the likes of five-time winner Scott Nicholls, Lewis Bridger and current British champion Chris Harris.
Stars' co-promoter Buster Chapman predicts one of the best contests of the season with a prized wild card to the British GP at Cardiff available for the overall winner.
"There will be no seeded places in the final, not even for riders like Scott Nicholls or Lewis Bridger, so they will have to fight their way through the semi-finals with everybody else," he said.
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"I'm sure that riders like our very own Joe Haines will be determined to grab this opportunity with both hands. I can see there being a lot of upsets."
Stars' chief and Team GB boss Rob Lyon will be an interested spectator ahead of selecting his squad for the World Team Cup event in the summer.
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"Last year I said that I wanted to blood some youth into the national team and proved that by giving Danny King a shot," he said.
"So considering that this year's World Cup round is actually at King's Lynn it will give me a chance to take a look at some of the younger riders I may not have considered before.
"I am still open minded about my team selection and someone I hadn't previously considered may actually come along and rise to the challenge, so it should be an interesting meeting."
Lyon will lead his country on home shale in round two of the World Team Cup event against Australia, Sweden and a qualifier on Monday, July 26.
"It is a real feather in the cap for everyone involved at the Arena." said Chapman. "Last year the British fans turned out in force to support Team Great Britain and we are looking forward to welcoming them to King's Lynn for what I am sure will be a great night of thrilling racing and family entertainment."
The treble-winning Stars open their 2010 campaign with a Premier Trophy test against Rye House at Saddlebow on March 31.
Supporters who purchase tickets in advance for 17 meetings will be entitled to two additional fixtures free of charge. Meetings covered by the season ticket are four Premier Trophy qualifying fixtures, 14 official Premier League fixtures and the first round of the Premier League KO Cup. Season ticket holders will also enjoy priority sales for all other fixtures.
Prices: Adults �221, concessions �170 and juniors �85. 2010 race night admission charges: Adults �13, concessions �10, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under.