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Kent Kings' speedway fixtures for the 2021 season have been announced with a May start

The speedway fixtures are out and Kent Kings are set to return to action in May.

Last year’s racing was cancelled because of the pandemic and the need for crowds to finance the sport, particularly at Central Park, where the club were reliant on their home support.

Kent Kings in action against Stoke Potters in 2019. The 2020 season was cancelled because of Covid Picture: Geoff Young
Kent Kings in action against Stoke Potters in 2019. The 2020 season was cancelled because of Covid Picture: Geoff Young

Co-promoter Les Silver is looking forward to fans returning to their home venue in Sittingbourne when tapes go up in May.

Mr Silver said: “With an optimistic eye on the Covid situation, our plans for racing this year are now complete and the fixture list has been agreed.

“All our Championship events will be on Tuesdays at the usual 6.30pm start time and Bank Holiday Mondays are for National League matches, starting at 4pm.”

Their first scheduled race day at Central Park is on Bank Holiday Monday, May 3, when the Royals host a National League fixture.

Birmingham are the first visitors to face the Kent Kings in a Championship match, on Tuesday, May 11.

With the exception of Bank Holidays, home race days will be on Tuesdays throughout the season, with regular 6.30pm start times.

Mr Silver added: “If there are conditions laid down by the government for racing to take place, we will, of course, comply and make such information known.

"Our riders are champing at the bit...so am I and I can't wait to see all our fans at Central Park on May 3rd.

Announcements from the government are due this week regarding the reopening of sporting events and whether or not crowds can attend.

The Kings will be racing in the second tier for the first time and the 2021 season will see five first-time visiting sides from all over the UK to the track which has staged Speedway since 2013.

The Championship season will start away from home for the TouchTec Kings with a trip to take on Birmingham Brummies on Wednesday, May 5.

The Kings will face Eastbourne at Central Park in the first round of the knock-out cup, the home leg on Tuesday, May 25. Reward for getting past the Eagles will be a meeting with either Poole Pirates or the Plymouth Gladiators.

Travelling Kent supporters will have the chance to take part in the ‘Northern Tour’ in August when in successive days (20-22) the Kings face Edinburgh Monarchs, Berwick and Newcastle. The Royals will also take on the Newcastle Gems on the 22nd.

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