King's Lynn skipper 'gutted at speedway's seven-day rule
King’s Lynn Stars skipper Lewis Kerr is “gutted” he did not feature as a guest in the deciding leg of the Premiership Grand Final due to the speedway seven day rule.
Kerr and Minors & Brady Stars team-mate Connor Mountain this week continued their exploits in the post-season play-offs.
Dersingham racer Kerr was in the Peterborough Panthers ranks for the opening leg of the Grand Final during a hard fought 46-44 victory at Belle Vue Aces at the National Speedway Stadium on Monday.
Kerr had also ridden in both legs of the semi but was forbidden to appear in last night’s (Thursday) Grand Final second leg because he had appeared at Peterborough a week beforehand for the semi decider.
The 31 year-old said: “I’m not allowed to do it, because of the seven day guest rule. I’m gutted. I can’t ride at the same track.
“Peterborough tried to get me in but the (Control) Board had a majority vote which was no.”
Kerr followed up his paid ten points in the deciding leg of the semi with a single point score in the Final opener. Instead of taking his custom fourth programmed ride, Jordan Palin took his place.
Kerr’s second team Redcar Bears finally managed to complete their Championship Play-Off Quarter-Final, second leg at the third attempt but lost 57-33 at Edinburgh Monarchs on Tuesday.
Kerr was the Redcar top scorer with 12 points, so made the long and repeated trip worthwhile as Edinburgh won 108-72 on aggregate to set up a semi-final against rivals Glasgow.
Kerr’s tally from five outings included wins in Heats 13 and 15, the latter being against home top scorer Josh Pickering.
Meanwhile at the same stage of the competition on the same evening, guest reserve Mountain’s 7+2 haul was the top Scunthorpe Scorpions effort during their 38-28 loss at Leicester LIons.
This tie was abandoned after 11 heats due to the weather and track conditions.
The result stands and Scunthorpe lost 92-64 on aggregate.
Lynn-born Mountain scored in each of his four rides and won his first.
The Scorpions were hampered by having to operate rider replacement for the injured Thomas Jorgensen, who stars for Lynn in the Premiership.
Kerr had helped the Panthers secure a Premiership Grand Final spot in their semi-final second leg 52-38 victory versus away side Wolverhampton by scoring in every ride while coming in as a guest for the injured Ulrich Ostergaard with a total of 9+1 points.