World champion Tai Woffinden added to impressive King’s Lynn speedway bill

Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian Burt

Tai Woffinden. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Superstar Tai Woffinden has become the main attraction of an already mouth-watering International Pre-Season Cup line-up in King's Lynn next month.

'Woffy' became the first British rider to lift the world championship title in 13 years last season after bravely overcoming two separate broken collarbones during the campaign. And his popularity, and status as the best rider on the planet, now means that all three of speedway's finest competitors will grace the Norfolk Arena on Wednesday, March 19.

The 23-year-old – who normally rides for Wolverhampton Wolves in the UK but will guest for the King's Lynn 'Select' side against Polish giants Zielona Gora – will be joined on the night by 2013 Grand Prix runner-up Jarek Hampel and Lynn's own Niels-Kristian Iversen, who finished third. Their slots were announced earlier this week while Woffinden replaces teenager Robert Lambert, who will be unable to ride because he will still be only 15.

The first curtain-raiser of its kind in the country is exciting fans of the two-wheel sport, and riders like Iversen.

The Dane said: 'It is brilliant that Team Player Management Company has arranged this. If we can attract some interest from the speedway world, these challenge meetings can help the riders. We get another meeting and it is a real test. It's not like we are racing a team from the same league, it is something different and a real test.'

Advanced tickets can be bought from from tomorrow.