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King's Lynn Stars speedway skipper Lewis Kerr just short of British Final race-off spot at Belle Vue

Lewis Kerr fell agonisingly short of a race-off spot in the British Final at Belle Vue – after an impressive showing.

And he admits rain late on in the meeting cost him as he was left one-point short after carding a nine-point total.

It was a thrilling night of racing in front of a big National Speedway Stadium crowd in Manchester and the watching viewers on Eurosport.

Lewis Kerr at the British Final. (50373083)
Lewis Kerr at the British Final. (50373083)

Said Kerr: “I loved the track, the rain came at the wrong time for me.

“I’m disappointed to miss out by a point. I had two gate fours and that didn’t help me. We gave our all, we enjoyed it and it’s a strong field but there’s next year.”

Kerr is happy with the way his form has held up as the season has got busier.

He added: “Yeah, my last few meetings here have been really good so we sort of knew what set up to have from that again.

“Like I said those two gate fours were hard work. Getting in the roost was like putting a brake on, it was difficult but never mind.”

Kerr will be back in Manchester to lead the Minors and Brady Stars into action on Monday as they approach the end of a troubled league season.

With track specialist Richard Lawson in the Stars side they should be able to put up a respectable display but the Aces are a powerful side on their own track.

The final meeting of the season at the Adrian Flux Arena is against Wolverhampton next Thursday, August 26.

There are no plans for the club to stage a farewell meeting like the Pride of the East, they are just keen to get through the season and start planning for 2022.

Results from Monday’s British final, Belle Vue.

Qualifying scorers: Adam Ellis 13, Charles Wright 12, Dan Bewley 12, Chris Harris 11, Kyle Howarth 10, Scott Nicholls 10, Craig Cook 9, Lewis Kerr 9, Steve Worrall 8, Danny King 6, Simon Lambert 6, Rory Schlein 5, Richard Lawson 5, Ben Barker 3, Anders Rowe 1, Paul Starke 0.

Semi-final: Bewley, Harris, Howarth, Nicholls.

Grand final: Ellis, Bewley, Wright, Harris

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