Allen puts down mark to return to Stars

KING’S Lynn racer Olly Allen admitted Friday night’s early Norfolk Arena abandonment against Newport was the right decision.

KING’S Lynn racer Olly Allen admitted Friday night’s early Norfolk Arena abandonment against Newport was the right decision.

Alex Davies’ tumble in heat two and another band of heavy rain sweeping across Saddlebow was the cue to cut short Lynn’s penultimate home Premier League meeting of the season.

Stars’ chief Buster Chapman and his track staff worked tirelessly during the afternoon to prepare a racing surface but fresh downpours forced a premature end to the contest.

Norwich-based racer Allen had opened up with a second place during a temporary break in the rain prior to Lynn’s latest home postponement against the Wasps after July’s original fixture was also washed out.


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“Unfortunately the weather forecast has changed so much during the day but the track conditions were good in heat one,” he said. “Buster (Chapman) had done a fantastic job with the track and I certainly had every intention that we could get this meeting in, but the rain is stop, start. You can’t please everyone and it might stop now but it will start again shortly so I think the right call was made.

“Its easy to say, ‘it’s stopped raining why don’t they get out there?’ but a lot of damage can be done to the track. From my point of view I think Buster and his team did a great job just to get it ready. I know ten or 15 promoters who would have called this off at 9am in the morning. I was the same as everyone else looking at the forecast on Thursday and today and thinking this is never going to be on and I was sat in Norwich waiting for my phone to ring every ten minutes with the news, but it was a great effort from the boys.”

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Allen and Rob Lyon’s improving septet can now focus on next Wednesday’s Young Shield quarter-final, first leg against old rivals Rye House at the Norfolk Arena.

“We really want to win that competition,” he said. “The team spirit is getting better every week and you also have to look at the bigger picture here and see what happened in heat two with a crash to their guy.

“I’ve had some great meetings with them. We had two cracking cup finals in 2005 against them and we did them both times so I’m looking to do the same again. I get on with a lot of people there really well and my brother rode for them for so long, so it’ll be good to see some old friends and get one over them.”

Allen has scored consistently since his mid-season return to cover for injured number one Kevin Doolan and the Norfolk-bred racer could be tempted into a 2011 tour of duty.

“I personally don’t know what I am doing yet but if the chance came about to come here I would find it hard to say no,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”

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