Jansson pledges allegiance

KIM Jansson today pledged his allegiance to Ipswich Evening Star Witches.The 24-year-old has put his English Elite League fixtures ahead of his native Swedish League meetings.

KIM Jansson today pledged his allegiance to Ipswich Evening Star Witches.

The 24-year-old has put his English Elite League fixtures ahead of his native Swedish League meetings.

Jansson's Swedish League club Kaparna are riding in the Second Division this year - and their Thursday race nights clash with weekly home Witches meetings at Foxhall Stadium.

“Karparna are far from happy, but they know the score,” said Jansson.

“They are aware of my situation and that I am going to make myself available for all Ipswich meetings.

“I have made my decision, and it was not a difficult one. The Ipswich team looks capable this year of being more consistent than in 2005, and I am confident we can be successful.”

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Jansson will be a busy rider as he will be doubling up in Sweden with Elite League Piraterna - who ride on Tuesdays - and will also ride in the Sunday Polish League for the first time.

Jansson can claim to be a true Tractor Boy after spending much of the winter clearing snow from his neighbourhood in a local authority tractor.

“I am 110 per cent fit after a shoulder operation,” added Jansson, who said at the end of last season that he was going to cut out his 'stupid' races.

“It will happen for sure, and by being more consistent I can up my average for Ipswich, which is my priority for the year.

“Sano UK powered stairclimbers are improving their support for me and I now have the use of a new workshop in Ipswich, which can only be good.”

Witches promoter John Louis confirmed that the club has every faith in Jansson. “Kim has what it takes to reach the very top,” said Louis.

“In the last two years his exuberance has sometimes lost him points rather than gain him points. I have spent a lot of time talking to him and if he can use his head more and cut out his crashes he will repay the faith that we have in him.

“His increased sponsorship can only be good, and Kim will have a big part to play in the team this season.”

Louis has revealed that he was refused permission to start his home league season on March 15.

“We really cannot afford any rain-offs now that there is an extra team in the league,” said Louis.

“I wanted to start a week earlier but was told that I couldn't. This is why we have arranged to ride against Premier League Mildenhall on March 15.”

Magda Louis will have no more say in the running of the Ipswich Witches. The Polish-born former co-promoter, who has played a big part in the club for the last decade, remains living in Ipswich. She is still a director of the club.

John Louis will stay sole promoter and be assisted by rider/manager Chris Louis and team manager Mike Smillie.

“Financially the club will not be affected and the Witches will run as before,” Louis senior re-assured fans.

Former Ipswich Witches target Chris Holder, who has signed for the Isle of Wight in the Premier League, has retained his Australian Under-21 title.

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