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British Speedway Final could work in King's Lynn riders favour, says team boss

The unique nature of this year’s British Final speedway event could work in Lewis Kerr’s favour, says Lynn Stars team boss Peter Schroeck.

Dersingham rider and Lynn captain Kerr is Lynn’s sole representative when he competes at former track Ipswich on Saturday.

Given that engines have been out of action due to the coronavirus pandemic and that many favoured names will not feature at Foxhall Stadium, Schroeck thinks an outsider could take the title.

Lewis Kerr having a practice session at The Adrian Flux Arena.. (31805175)
Lewis Kerr having a practice session at The Adrian Flux Arena.. (31805175)

Schroeck commented: “I’ll be in the pits with Jason Crump and I’m in Lewie’s ear as well.

“Lewis has got a good crew and a good mechanic around him. It’s one of those meetings that is very open-minded. That is a worry: that they will all have a go and someone will be hurt. The boys are pretty keen. Hopefully it will be a good meeting and I hope no-one gets hurt.

“It will be pretty much who wants it the most, who feels the sharpest, and it’s an opportunity for an outsider to make a mark, someone like Lewis Kerr. In his last meeting around Ipswich when I was with him, he rode really well.

“Some have said that to call it a British Final is probably not fair because you’ll always have that stigma of the fact people have not been racing. People on social media have been jumping up and down: ‘How can it be a British Final?’ - you know.

“But (the authorities) want to put something on for people if they can. People should be happy we have something.”

Other than ex-Lynn ace Jason Crump, former Minors & Brady Stars rider Steve Worrall plus Great Britain legend and triple British champion Chris Harris are also now confirmed in the line-up.

Schroeck added: “The clubs are only allowed a mechanic and a rider.

"This is the same as when I am going up to Edinburgh with Sam Hagon (teenage prospect who was British 250cc speedway champion last year) for the British Youth event. They are very strict on entries.”

The meeting will now be a solely behind closed doors, live-streamed event, as a consequence of the Prime Minister’s Tuesday update imposing significant new Covid-19 restrictions on the country.

Live stream tickets are available from sportcentral.tv and cost £12.95 with the meeting build-up starting at 7.15pm. The first race is 7.45pm and the stream will go live at 6.30pm.

Some 16 riders will compete in 20 heats. The top two from the heats go direct to the Grand Final, along with two riders placed third to sixth who race in a semi-final.

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