Race ace Kerr looks to reach new heights

Speedway Rider King's Lynn Lewis Kerr
Speedway Rider King's Lynn Lewis Kerr
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West Norfolk youngster Lewis Kerr is hoping to reach new heights on the British speedway scene during 2013.

The 22-year-old roofer/carpenter, from Snettisham, is facing his biggest season yet since taking up the sport three years ago.

Kerr will captain the Lynn Young Stars in the National League, and will also compete for the Leicester Lions in the Premier League.

It is set to be a big year for Kerr, who said: “Riding for Lynn is perfect as it’s local and probably the best track in the country.

“Being captain is a great honour. I love geeing the other lads up, but am also aware that I need to lead by example.

“Individually, I need and want to have an awesome year. My goal is to get into the Elite League, with Lynn, as soon as possible.

“Team wise, I would like to see us finish in the top three.”

Kerr believes his Premier League move to Leicester will benefit his blossoming career.

“Riding for Leicester will be fantastic for me,” said Kerr.

“The track is only a couple of hours away and I enjoy riding it. I did a couple of meetings there last year as a guest and the fans are awesome.

“They have a strong team this year and silverware would definitely be nice.

“It will benefit my career as I will be gaining experience on more tracks and I will also be one step away from riding in the Elite League.”

Kerr, who gained a love of speed and bikes while riding pillion with his dad, burst into the sport back in 2010, when helping the Young Stars defeat Bournemouth.

He owned his first bike, a Honda CR80, at the age of 12 and took up motocross.

Kerr decided to try his hand at speedway after seeing Craig Cook and Lewis Bridger, who both started out in the motocross route, carve out a successful career in the sport.

He is due to ride in the Christmas Cracker meeting, at Somerset, on Friday.