Mildenhall speedway's future in doubt

MILDENHALL Speedway is sensationally up for sale.Despite only being bought by father and son promotion team Keith and Jonathan Chapman three months ago, the duo have seemingly had enough of the club already and are putting it on the market.

Mike Bacon

MILDENHALL Speedway is sensationally up for sale.

Despite only being bought by father and son promotion team Keith and Jonathan Chapman three months ago, the duo have seemingly had enough of the club already and are putting it on the market.

As long as a buyer is found by the end of January racing will still take place at the West Row track next year, but there is little doubt this is a huge shock to Mildenhall fans.

And even more so for those in the sport who are aware of the Chapman's fine credentials in promoting.

Seemingly the Chapmans have been contemplating their future ever since they were excluded from the official Mildenhall supporters' party, and were never informed of a noise abatement notice that had been issued by the council.

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Keith Chapman said: “Contrary to some reports which have said we had ulterior motives for buying the club, we simply saved the club because our heart is in the sport.

“It is a shame that since then what has happened has left us both unsettled and unhappy to commit anymore time or energy into the project.

“In all honesty we would never have bought the club if we had of known about the noise problem from the beginning. I suppose we are used to being in control of own destiny like we have been at King's Lynn for the past 12 years and will be at Leicester in the future.

“We are good promoters and it is a shame a few people tried to take us as fools.

“The good news for the fans is that the club is now free of any debts, the stadium owner and the council have said that the sound deflection work will be completed in time and the club is now in a good position to carry on it's future in the National League, a league which will be affordable and entertaining'.

Jonathan Chapman went on to stress 'The three meetings we run at Mildenhall at the end of the season we enjoyed and most of the fans and volunteers were great and bent over backwards to help us.

“It's just what has gone on behind the scenes has been distasteful and makes it hard for us to want to carry on, we are positive a buyer will be found by the end of January and the club will have a successful 2009 campaign.”

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