King's Lynn Stars rider makes his Great Britain debut
Dersingham racer Lewis Kerr made his Great Britain speedway team debut on Wednesday night.
The West Norfolk favourite lined-up with Poultec Stars team-mate Craig Cook as GB faced Denmark in this Global Challenge match at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The home hero bagged the fastest home time, scored five points overall, and won his second ride; while Adam Ellis and Charles Wright notched a hat-trick of victories.
Kerr and race winner Cook went out in the final Heat 15, which ended 3-3.
Former Stars riders Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kasper Andersen were included in the Danish side which was led by legendary four-times world champion Hans Nielsen.
It was a clash of current Lynn riders versus past ones in the opening race.
But Cook immediately attracted the red light for a tapes offence and was replaced by reserve Drew Kemp, also making his international debut.
It was left down to senior man Kerr to lead the way but he fell on the first corner and was excluded for prompting Kasper Andersen – who needed medical attention – to tumble. Iversen came out on top in the second re-run with Andersen follow.
National League riders’ champion Anders Rowe bagged the Lions’ first win in a 4-2 home reserves race.
Double-winner in 2019 with Swindon, Ellis, won Heat 3 as the hosts levelled matters. Kerr won Heat 5 ahead of Kasper Andersen to ensure GB took the lead.
Dan Bewley hit the Heat 6 tapes, so Rowe replaced him. Leader Iversen’s bike packed up on lap three and Ellis took advantage to bag his second victory.
British champion Wright and Bewley, the latter notching GB’s first maximum with Rowe, added wins to leave the scores 28-20 at halfway.
An interesting format saw team managers – former Lynn riders in the Lions’ case with Olly Allen and Simon Stead – able to use a tactical substitute when six or more points behind between Heats 5 and 11.
Hans Nielsen used this by fielding ‘NKI’ in Heat 9 instead of Benjamin Basso, with Iversen and Rasmus Jensen bagging the visitors’ second 5-1.
But victors Wright and Cook, with his opening points going from third to first, hit back during successive 4-2 advantages to stretch matters at 37-29.
Kemp in Heat 12 ensured every member of the home team won a race in GB’s second 5-1. Wright and Cook clinched victory in the next by maxing out.
Scores, GB: Craig Cook (captain) 8+1, Lewis Kerr 5, Adam Ellis 10, Dan Bewley 5, Charles Wright 10, Drew Kemp 6, Anders Rowe 9+3. Fastest time: Kerr, Heat 5, 61.44secs.
Denmark: Niels-Kristian Iversen (capt) 10+1, Kasper Andersen 3+1, Mikkel Bech Jensen 4+2, Rasmus Jensen 11+1, Hans Andersen 4, Matias Neilsen 5, Benjamin Basso 0. Fastest time: Iversen, Heat 9, 61.34secs.