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Lynn promoter takes over Tigers

By Melissa Rudd
Blast Reporter, BBC Norfolk

Buster Chapman and son Jonathan
Buster Chapman and son Jonathan have taken over Fen Tigers

King's Lynn Stars promoter Keith 'Buster' Chapman has taken over rival speedway team Mildenhall Fen Tigers.

The Tigers have struggled all season, failing to win a single premier league match with only six left to play.

Buster Chapman and son Jonathan will now operate the Mildenhall promotion which does not include the ownership of their West Row track.

"We can make it viable. It was for the good of speedway that we didn't let it close," said Chapman.

Chapman has bought the assets of the Tigers which include the riders, license and rights to operate as Mildenhall Speedway.

"King's Lynn will always come first, but it is good for both clubs," he added.

"King's Lynn will always come first, but it is good for both clubs"

King's Lynn and Mildenhall promoter Buster Chapman
"They (Tigers) have had a terrible season and it is not going to be an instant success, but we have the resources and riders to make it a little bit better.

"Hopefully we'll get some good support in the last few matches and move on from there next year."

Ex-Mildenhall rider Richard Knight has been appointed new team manager in place of Lawrence Rogers, who has stepped down.

Chapman is optimistic that Knight, who also rode for Lynn and Ipswich, has the experience to boost the team next year.

"He is a good local lad who can hopefully pass on his knowledge to the team. Things can only get better," said Chapman.

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