Schramm hopes to make the most of local knowledge
Paddy DavittKing's Lynn old boy Chris Schramm hopes some inside knowledge can help him pull off a British semi-final upset in tonight's Norfolk Arena showpiece. (7.Paddy Davitt
King's Lynn old boy Chris Schramm hopes some inside knowledge can help him pull off a British semi-final upset in tonight's Norfolk Arena showpiece. (7.30pm)
Schramm is targeting some high profile Elite League scalps in his bid to qualify for June's final at Wolverhampton and a dream shot at a British grand prix wildcard spot.
The Stars' 2009 grand slam winner has already returned to Saddlebow twice this year - scoring paid seven as a guest in Lynn's recent 58-34 Premier League romp over Sheffield.
Now the 25-year-old chases individual glory with only the top eight in the 16-man field joining the likes of Team GB World Cup racers Scott Nicholls and Norwich-born Olly Allen who qualified from the first semi-final.
Grand prix ace and reigning champion Chris Harris heads a cast list featuring past and present British U21 champions in the shape of Lewis Bridger and current Lynn ace Joe Haines, if the youngster recovers from his broken collarbone injury.
Schramm insists he can sneak under the radar back on familiar territory against some of the best top flight talent in the country.
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'It is the first year I have done a meeting like this and it is probably the biggest one since I rode in the British U21 championship,' he said. 'I think all the pressure will be on the big boys such as Eddie Kennett of Coventry. Every meeting is a challenge because you don't know who is going to be on fire but I would like to think I can go out there and ruffle a few feathers. I don't see anybody as a threat really and I think they should maybe be looking at me as one of the threats.'
Schramm is in confident mood after a solid start to life this season at new club Workington - which included a brief stint as stand-in captain for Andre Compton.
'When I rode for King's Lynn last year I had a good home average but my away average should have been better,' he said. 'I seem to be more consistent this year which I feel is a good achievement and hopefully I can keep it up. Everybody in the team is on a bit of a high at the moment and there is a good atmosphere in the pits now that we have started winning.
'I tried to introduce a few different tings that a lot of teams don't do while I was captain and although Andre has now come back in we are still doing those things. We have a lot of good young lads in the team who are keen to learn. We seem to have sorted out some of our problems and still feel this team is one to watch this season.'
Stars' manager and Team GB boss Rob Lyon believes the Saddlebow faithful are in for a treat.
'The line up is extremely strong,' he said. 'The riders are going into this knowing that they have the opportunity to make it all the way to the British grand prix - there simply cannot be anything more motivational or inspirational than that. I am sure all 16 riders will fight tooth and nail to gain every extra point they can get.'
Lynn chief Buster Chapman insists the line up is one of the best ever assembled at the Norfolk Arena with Harris and Bridger likely to set the tone in an opening heat blockbuster.
'If the draw hadn't been made in front of the public then I don't think anybody would have believed it,' he said. 'To get a race of that pedigree for the very first heat really should set the meeting on fire, and I guess the whole thing will also give us a taster of what we have to look forward to for the World Cup in July.
'This is probably the best line up I have seen for any individual meeting here at King's Lynn in the past few seasons. There are no less than five full time Elite League riders, three King's Lynn track specialists and eight other top riders from the Premier League. This really is going to be a top meeting and a real privilege for our fans and the people of West Norfolk to have the opportunity to watch.'
Parade 7.30pm. First race 7.45pm.
The 16-rider field will contest 20 straight heats with run offs for any remaining qualifying places.
Admission prices: Adults �15, concessions �12, juniors (aged 12 to 15) �5 and free entry for children aged 11 and under. Grandstand seats cost an additional �2 per person.
Line up: 1 Lee Richardson, 2 Chris Harris, 3 Simon Stead, 4 Lewis Bridger, 5 James Grieves, 6 Paul Clews, 7 Leigh Lanham, 8 Adam Roynan, 9 Chris Schramm, 10 Joe Haines, 11 Ben Wilson, 12 Paul Hurry, 13 Chris Neath, 14 Jason King, 15 Carl Wilkinson, 16 Edward Kennett.