Speedway greats set for huge Norfolk Arena International Pre-Season Cup clash at King’s Lynn

Stars' no 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen. Picture: Ian Burt

Stars' no 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The eyes of the speedway world will once again fall on King's Lynn's Norfolk Arena tonight.

Stars' guest Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian Burt

Stars' guest Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The Saddlebow Road stadium will host the first International Pre-Season Cup between a Stars select side and Polish giants Zielona Gora. And even though the fixture is only a pre-season friendly, a bumper crowd of about 4,000 fans is expected. That's largely due to the fact that world champion Tai Woffinden – guesting for Robert Lambert, 15, who is still too young to ride – Speedway Grand Prix 2013 runner-up Jarek Hampel and world number three, Lynn's own Niels-Kristian Iversen, will grace the famous shale – along with a host of the sport's other top riders.

Jarek Hampel. Picture: SpeedwayGP

Jarek Hampel. Picture: SpeedwayGP - Credit: Archant

Woffinden said: 'I love racing at King's Lynn and Zielona Gora have a very strong side so it is a big challenge. The track is similar to some tracks in Poland and will provide some good racing. Once the guys get dialled in it should be a close meeting. The guys at King's Lynn always do a great job at promoting the club and I have really enjoyed working with Rob Lyon (team boss) when I have guested there in the past.'

It could also be a historical night for another reason because Klaudia Szmaj could ride at number seven for Gora. If selected she would become one of the first females to compete in this country.


Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Nicklas Porsing, 3 Tai Woffinden (guest), 4 Rory Schlein, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Lewis Rose, 7 Lewis Kerr.

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Gora (number seven to be confirmed): 1 Jarek Hampel, 2 Mikkel Bech, 3 Piotr Protasiewicz, 4 Andreas Jonsson, 5 Patryk Dudek, 6 Krzysztof Jablonski

Tapes up: 7pm