King’s Lynn Young Stars dedicate win to injured Kerr

King's Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars 2015 - Tom Stokes ANL-151004-142108009
King's Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars 2015 - Tom Stokes ANL-151004-142108009
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King’s Lynn Young Stars 57

Eastbourne 36

Tom Stokes scored a maximum as the Young Stars dedicated their National League win to injured senior rider Lewis Kerr on Friday.

Lynn almost pulled off their biggest home win of the season, but were denied at the last when New Zealander Bradley Wilson-Dean won the nominated heat.

Team boss Dale Allitt said: “It’s been a hard week for everyone. It’s great news about Lewis (who is up and walking after being in a coma for most of last week following a head injury when crashing at Peterborough).

“I think that one was for him. All the boys rode really well. They all said tonight ‘we’ll ride for Lewis’ – and they did.

“Tom has been superb. He’s had a hard time lately, both on and off track.”

The King’s Lynn Stebbings Car Superstore Young Stars were back to full strength after Shane Hazelden returned from a one-match absence with a back injury.

They stormed into a 41-22 interval Heat 10 lead thanks to four 5-1 maximum race victories with all seven Lynn riders involved. Josh Bailey and Layne Cupitt got things rolling in the Heat 2 reserves’ race.

Then Stokes and Bailey (Heat 4); Jake Knight and captain Scott Campos (6); and Ryan Kinsley and Hazelden (9) completed the set.

Wilson-Dean has already raced at the Adrian Flux Arena this season, guesting for leaders Birmingham, and he was the joint top scorer along with Kinsley, who tasted his first wins as a heat leader.

Lynn Young Stars: Jake Knight 7, Scott Campos 7+2, Ryan Kinsley 13, Shane Hazelden 7+2, Tom Stokes 12, Layne Cupitt 3+1, Josh Bailey 8+1.

Eastbourne Eagles: Bradley Wilson-Dean 13, Connor Coles (guest) 8, R/R for Georgie Woods, Marc Owen 8+2, Ben Hopwood 3, Matt Bates 2+1, Kelsey Dugard 2.