Stars set for TV date

King's Lynn co-promoter Jonathan Chapman is relishing the chance to shine in front of a nationwide audience after the Stars' clinched a live Sky television deal.

King's Lynn co-promoter Jonathan Chapman is relishing the chance to shine in front of a nationwide audience after the Stars' clinched a live Sky television deal.

The treble winners' trip to the Isle of Wight will be broadcast on Tuesday, June 12 with the satellite station looking to step up its Premier League coverage this season.

Sheffield's league visit to new boys Birmingham next month is Sky's first live meeting from speedway's second tier since the 2004 riders' championship.

The Norfolk Arena outfit last featured live back in the 2001 Elite League season. The club's television date follows on from neighbour's King's Lynn's FA Cup second round tie against Oldham broadcast in December.


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“Its fantastic news,” said Chapman. “Everyone is looking forward to it. It's good for us, our sponsors and the whole town. We'll have to send the boys to the dentist to get their teeth whitened. Sky specifically requested us to go their as reigning champions, which I guess is a reflection of everything we achieved last season.

“We will get a small fee, which all helps, but the majority of any revenue goes to the home team. Depending on the feedback Sky get over these two meetings I think they are quite keen to look at the possibility of featuring a Premier League meeting once a month. If all goes well hopefully we could get them back to the Norfolk Arena later in the season.”

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The highly fancied Islanders make a swift return trip to Saddlebow 24 hours later.

“It should be a cracking double header,” said Chapman. “I've tipped them to be one of the real dark horses. We haven't gone all that well there in the past but I feel that could change. I think the viewers can expect 15 good races. Not only are we representing the Premier League, but King's Lynn and Norfolk - we want to put on a show.”

Chapman's new found confidence comes on the back of an unbeaten start to the club's Premier Trophy defence. Lynn triumphed at Stoke over the weekend despite losing James Brundle (shoulder) in heat two, just days after Aussie reserve pal John Oliver (thigh) was ruled out for the season.

Oxford Conference racer Grant McDonald and Simon Lambert will deputise against Workington tomorrow.

“Maybe we were fortunate with injuries last season and things are now starting to even themselves out,” admitted Chapman. “We'll use guests for the time being but it's not a worry. Andrew Tully came in and did a brilliant job at Stoke. John should be discharged from hospital in the next day or two. He's definitely out for the season but that is speedway. We all know it could have been a lot worse.”

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