King's Lynn Stars skipper lays bogey track to rest
King’s Lynn Stars captain Lewis Kerr expressed his delight on how he has laid to rest a bogey track during a pleasing send-off to a brief 2020 campaign.
The National Speedway Stadium has not been a happy hunting ground but Kerr made the semi-finals before a controversial decision by referee Seth Perkin effectively ended his night in the Peter Craven Memorial.
It rounded off a hat-trick of recent impressive displays at this north-western track and they have set up the Dersingham rider nicely for 2021.
Lynn-born Kerr stated: “Belle Vue to be honest is a bogey track for me but I really had a good meeting.
“Going into the British final there, I had a warm-up challenge when I only dropped a point.
“I’ve learned how to ride it and I love the place now and I’ve figured out how to get out of the starts, and it’s an enjoyable track.
“The difference is Lynn is grippy and at Lynn the straights are much straighter and the corners are tight; whereas Belle Vue is one big circle, but does produce great racing, especially when it’s slick.”
Manchester speedway in late October is not for the faint-hearted, and Kerr said: “It was a bit tough up there. I think I’ve done every professional meeting that’s been going.
“I wanted to do every meeting possible. I can’t quite work out why anyone would want to do otherwise.
“The British final didn’t go the way I planned because of the conditions.”
An undoubted highlight of last week’s season-closer was in Heat 18 when the 30-year-old defeated former Stars rider and skipper Rory Schlein.
Kerr remarked: “I’m renowned as more of a gater, so to make two passes on Rory was good. You had the likes of Stevie Worrall competing and Drew Kemp, who is going well at the minute.
“I know Drew to speak to, but not very well. He’s at Eastbourne with me and has been on a bike a lot this year. For Eastbourne he will be a trump card next year at reserve.
“I was really pleased at how the meeting went, it was a good line-up. I made a perfect start in the last-chance semi-final and got pulled back, and I didn’t make it in the restart.”
Covid-19 restricted him to a handful of outings and he could’ve been forgiven for having a good shave, pitching his voice high and attempting to sneak into the British Youth Championship rounds, one of which was Lynn’s only staged clash this year: “I wish I could,” Kerr joked. “I had a little watch of it on the streaming.”