King's Lynn Stars ace does his bit for the charity who saved his life
Dersingham speedway racer Lewis Kerr again did his bit for charity – as a special thank you to a literal lifesaver.
The Poultec King’s Lynn Stars favourite held his annual golf day at Heacham Manor Golf Club on Sunday and was part of the winning team.
Kerr raised a bumper £2,400 for the Magpas Air Ambulance – who were crucial in helping save the 29-year-old’s life following a track crash four years ago.
He ‘Tweeted’: “Gotta win your own golf day aye?! Great day! Thanks to everyone who came & made the trip, Bespoke estate group sponsoring the day & all the volunteers. Raising within a few quid around £2400 for Magpas.”
Main sponsors of the event were Ben Day and Stuart Deadman at Bespoke Estate Group.
Kerrcompeted in 22 meetings for the Lynn Stars in 2019, recording an overall average of 6.47 (8.00 at home).
This left the 29-year-old with a green sheets average of 5.57 as of October 1.
Kerr also expanded on his plans for next season.
He rode for Lynn in the top-flight in 2019; and for second-tier for Eastbourne Eagles who finished ninth (out of 11) in the Championship.
Kerr was third in the Eastbourne averages with 8.23 points from 24 meetings; with 42 wins out of 101 completed races.
Kerr said: “Doubling in the UK is good. If you want to make good money, abroad is the place, as long as you’re getting paid. Obviously a lot of riders struggle to get paid.
“I tried early last year and got injured. This year was just about having an injury-free season.
“But that is everybody’s plan. I think every rider plans to be abroad, so we’ll just see what happens over the winter.
“I didn’t want to go over there, spend all this money, and don’t get a ride.”
Of his previous overseas toe-dipping, the Lynn-born speedster added: “I went to one of the Polish clubs and rode okay, and I was just getting used to their set-ups and how heir meetings are run.
“I only got one meeting. I didn’t get the chance because I obviously broke my legs here (at Lynn) which is a shame because I would have liked a couple more attempts, definitely.”
Only Simon Lambert rode more meetings for Lynn in 2019: 23, one more than Kerr.
Meanwhile the West Norfolk ace wants to consolidate his Great Britain place after making his Lions debut at his home track last week in a challenge success over Denmark.
Kerr, who is a relative late starter, has the example of Stars team-mate Craig Cook and veteran Chris Harris, who are or have been internationals in their early to mid-30s.
Former Somerset, Newcastle, Lakeside, Ipswich and Poole rider Kerr added: “There are a lot of riders who blossom later in life and I work extremely hard, so that’s my plan.
“Yes, to keep my place in the GB set-up would be great.”
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