King's Lynn skipper excited at prospect of first full season of leading team
Dersingham racer Lewis Kerr is looking forward to his first full season as King’s Lynn Stars captain.
The man popularly known in West Norfolk circles as ‘Lewi’ took over as speedway skipper from fellow home-grown rider Robert Lambert when the latter was injured at the end of 2019.
Following a Covid-enduced blank league 2020 programme Kerr is eager to lead his local club and relishes the job: “Massively. It brought the best out of me. You don’t over-think things too much.
“It’s what I quite like. If you start to over-think things they don’t seem to go to plan. When I substituted for Robert we went unbeaten for quite a while. If I could repeat that it would be very good.”
It was recently announced that Kerr would be returning on a fresh two-year deal and he added: “It was a no-brainer to sign for 2021 and 2022.”
He says the role does not involve too much extra work before the campaign begins compared to a regular rider, although he liaises frequently with Minors and Brady Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt.
Kerr remarked about his vital relationship in speedway with his former Stars and Young Stars team boss: “Not too much (pre-season) work, no. Dale does call me a lot to run things past me.
“I like to be kept in the loop and see what things are going on. Me and Dale talk about things and it is good how well we know each other. He’s a friend.
“He knows what I’m thinking and it is the same with him. It’s the same with (team manager) Peter Schroeck. I hadn’t known him for that long when he joined but now I feel like I have known him for years.
“He did stick with it in some hard times we had in 2018 and 2019. He took him a long while to recover from Covid but thankfully he’s alright now.”
Kerr, who turns 31 on Thursday (March 25), has added Dereham construction firm I.C. Barnett Builders to his roster of local sponsors; while also repeating in a recent interview that he wants to add to his one senior Great Britain cap, which was earned at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena in 2019.