Manager John Sampford confident it will be a success.

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Speedway is all set for a return to the county at Sittingbourne this Bank Holiday Monday.

The Kent Kings team will be competing in the bottom tier of the sport, the National League, and hold their first competitive fixture at the Central Park complex on Monday against the American Touring Team.

The county has had speedway teams throughout the decades, in Sittingbourne, in Canterbury and at Crayford, but not since the 80s has there been a professional side, although there has been and still is an amateur training track at Iwade just a few miles from Central Park.

The stadium will still be used for greyhound racing, but there is now a dirt track carved out in the central ring for the racing action.

Manager John Sampford is hoping for a big crowd at the 2,000 capacity venue.

“You couldn’t get a better arena for it, it’s a magnificent stadium and all the facilities we could wish for. Having missed the sport for 25 years in the county, I will be amazed if it’s not a success,” he said.

He said they hope to make the jump up the divisions, but it depends on finances.

“If it’s as successful as we hope it will be maybe we could be there after two or three years,” he said. “Going from this league to the Premier League, the difference in costs is astronomical. To go into a new tier is a big expense, it’s massive.”

■ Doors open at 3pm. For more information visit www.kentkings.co.uk.

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