Dale Allitt has urged his King’s Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars to “do it for Lewie” and win for stricken rider Lewis Kerr tonight at home to Eastbourne Eagles.
Allitt brought Kerr, who woke from a coma in Addenbrooke’s Hospital after crashing on Sunday at Peterborough, into the speedway fold with the Young Stars five years ago.
Allitt admitted it has been tough for his National League riders in the wake of the weekend injuries sustained by Kerr, who hails from Snettisham, when competing for Newcastle Diamonds in the Premier League Fours.
He said: “A lot of the guys in our team have been around with Lewis Kerr.
“Lewis has helped them on the track. But Lewis would be the first to come into the stadium and say ‘come on boys’.
“So I’ll be saying to them: Do it for Lewie.”
Wednesday’s meeting at home to Rye House was postponed due to rain, but Allitt pointed out: “We’ve got meetings Friday and Sunday (at Coventry), so we’re still quite busy.
“We’re having the home meeting against Eastbourne on Friday so there’s still action at the Adrian Flux Arena, and hopefully people will come to support us.”
Allitt confirmed that the changes planned for Rye House will remain in place for Eastbourne. He has switched captain Scott Campos to number two in the team with Ryan Kinsley taking on a National League heat leader role for the first time in his career.
Jake Knight remains at number one with Shane Hazelden and Tom Stokes forming the top five. Layne Cupitt and Josh Bailey complete the side at reserve.
“Sometimes you tinker with things a little bit if you can make better use of the riders you have,” he added.
“Ryan and Shane get on very well, as has Scott to be fair. Sometimes Shane and Scott are looking at the same type of lines.”
Richard Andrews and George Wood are both injured for the visitors. Eastbourne have brought in Mildenhall’s Connor Coles to ride at number two with rider replacement being used at three.
The Rye House fixture has been re-arranged for Friday, August 28.
Young Stars team: 1 Jake Knight, 2 Scott Campos, 3 Ryan Kinsley, 4 Shane Hazelden, 5 Tom Stokes, 6 Layne Cupitt, 7 Josh Bailey.
Eagles: 1 Bradley Wilson-Dean, 2 Connor Coles (G), 3 George Wood R/R, 4 Marc Owen, 5 Ben Hopwood, 6 Matthew Bates, 7 Kelsey Dugard.
l The King’s Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars returned from Wolverhampton empty handed following a 49-41 defeat on Monday night.
Understandably given Kerr’s injury, the Stars made a nervous start and the home side opened the meeting with 4-2, with Nicklas Porsing splitting the Wolves pair of Freddie Lindgren and Jacob Thorsell.
Niels-Kristian Iversen, Kenneth Bjerre and Porsing all picked up heat wins in a succession of shared heats.
Iversen claimed victory in the sixth after a close battle with Wolves heat leader Ricky Wells. A third place from Vaclav Milik ahead of Tobiasz Musielak levelled the meeting up at 18 points each.
At the halfway stage, the scores remained level, but the home team broke the deadlock with a 5-1 in Heat 9 ahead of Bjerre, and then a 4-2 in an awarded Heat 11, to put the Stars six points behind.
Lynn were worried about heat leader Milik, after he fell in Heat 11, and he was replaced in his final ride by Ashley Morris. Heat 13 went the way 5-1 of the hosts who blocked out a hard charging Iversen.
A win from Bjerre in Heat 14 with Porsing claiming third place closed the gap to eight points but Lynn got nothing from the meeting after a final shared race.
Wolves: Fredrik Lindgren 14, Ricky Wells 8, Jacob Thorssell 7, Peter Karlsson 5+3, Lewis Blackbird 5+2, Max Clegg (G) 5+2, Tobiasz Musielak 5.
Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 13, Kenneth Bjerre 10+1, Nicklas Porsing 8, Ashley Morris 4+1, Robert Branford (G) 3+1, Vaclav Milik 3, Robert Lambert R/R.
* Lynn Roger Warnes Transport Stars number one Niels-Kristian Iversen heads off to the Kjærgaard Danish FIM Speedway Grand Prix in Horsens tomorrow.
The 33-year-old goes into his home event placed 18 points behind compatriot and ex-Lynn rider Nicki Pedersen in the World Championship (on 71) while leader Tai Woffinden has 80. Greg Hancock has 58 points in third spot, with Slovenian Matej Zagar and Danish champion Iversen deadlocked on 53 in fourth and fifth respectively.