King's Lynn Stars skipper hopeful of going racing in 2021
King’s Lynn Stars’ skipper Lewis Kerr is grateful his “fantastic” sponsors have stuck by him as he hopes the sport returns to some sort of normality in 2021.
Like every rider who is paid on performing and points-only, he has been caught in the ‘Catch-22’ situation of speedway being a minority sport but classed as ‘elite’, with league lockdown coming as a result.
The West Norfolk-based former motocross racer from Dersingham said: “Yes I’m pretty hopeful, but I know as much as anyone else.
“They’re figuring a way around it and figuring out how to have some speedway next year.”
The Government recently rolled out plans for limited crowds to be able to attend sporting fixtures once this latest month-long lockdown ended on Wednesday (December 2).
Under these proposals, a maximum of 2,000 spectators would be permitted at events in Tier 2 areas, which is where West Norfolk has been placed. It is hoped this would apply to the Stars’ Saddlebow Road stadium base.
Fingers-crossed that shale sport does get underway as speedway bosses hope next Easter, which centres around Sunday, April 4, 2021, then it will mark Kerr’s first full season as skipper.
Riders’ backers could have been forgiven for losing patience as this year’s league campaign ground to a halt under coronavirus restrictions.
But Great Britain rider Kerr says that has not been the case. Unlike many riders, he has found work via a number of sources including with one of his sponsors, Norfolk Cabins.
“With my sponsors, I haven’t had any of that. Any (individual) meetings I’ve had, I’ve updated them. Everyone is in a difficult position.
“Sponsors have come in and everything is invested into equipment. Company logos; race-suits: if we just transfer it over (into 2021), it makes sense.
“Personally, my sponsors have been fantastic in understanding the situation. Adrian Flux have been fantastic.
“Every single sponsor I’ve had has been incredible. I think that as this season didn’t even start, that everyone will start from afresh (with sponsorship). It’s a tough one, isn’t it?
“To be fair, I’ve got on with my sponsors and I’m very lucky and fortunate with that.”
The Lynn-born racer was named club captain in the second half of 2019 following an injury to Stars number one Robert Lambert.