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British Speedway say they are within touching distance of a 2020 season

British Speedway remain hopeful of a 2020 season but admit there are facing a race against time to get is started.

The Kent Kings, who race at Central Park in Sittingbourne, were due to start their season in April. They club have already said racing without fans is a non-starter.

British Speedway hope to get the 2020 season underway soon Picture: Elizabeth Leslie
British Speedway hope to get the 2020 season underway soon Picture: Elizabeth Leslie

But the government announcement on Thursday has given British Speedway increased hope of staging a 2020 season.

The board of directors at the British Speedway Promoters Ltd say they were encouraged by the significant easing of restrictions announced on Thursday.

All sports will need to publish specific guidance approved by government officials before they can return. Recreational cricket have already been given the green light to resume action this weekend.

British Speedway said: “Members of the British Speedway Promoters Ltd have, in the last two weeks, been working on how our sport can work safely for competitors, officials and spectators alike.

“We believe the biggest risk to riders is the natural danger element of racing motorbikes with no brakes.

“Clubs have already been planning how social distance measures can be taken for spectators and again we must emphasise speedway venues rarely host capacity attendances.

“Grassroots team sports inevitably include a small spectator element and we believe we are within touching distance of our sport being able to start a reduced season.

“However, we acknowledge the clock is ticking and if we cannot begin league racing in August there is every chance the season will run out of time.

“We thank all British Speedway supporters for their patience and understanding and wish to assure everyone we are doing everything within our power to start the season next month in a safe and enjoyable manner.”

Kent Kings have recently announced that they will be switching to racing on Tuesdays when they do eventually return.

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