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King's Lynn rider ends season with individual success

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King’s Lynn Stars rider Lewis Kerr ended the speedway season in fantastic fashion by winning a long-standing individual meeting.

Kerr, who only joined the Redcar Bears late in the Championship campaign, lifted the Redcar Silver Helmet on Friday while Minors & Brady Stars team-mate Erik Riss also performed well by scoring 10 points.

On Saturday, the Stars duo also tackled the Peter Craven Memorial at Belle Vue Aces, an individual event which Kerr entered last year and helped him get to grips with the National Stadium track.

Lewis Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt. (47820879)
Lewis Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt. (47820879)

Kerr registered seven points for eighth position while Riss was 16th with a single point. Lynn asset Elliot Kelly was a reserve who took one outing.

The previous night saw Dersingham racer Kerr top the field ahead of runner-up Charles Wright (Belle Vue and Redcar), Kyle Howarth (Sheffield/Leicester) and Luke Becker (Wolverhampton).

Kerr said: “It was a great ending to the season. I don’t think all Redcar riders were invited but all the heat leaders definitely did get an invitation.

“I didn’t know it was one of the longest-running individual meetings. It’s been around a long, long time, so it was pretty cool to win that.

“Erik got ten points on the night and just missed out on the semi-final on the count back which was frustrating, but overall he rode well.

“It turned out to be a bit of a slog as I got a second place, then retired in my second race so I knew I pretty much had to win my last rides. So the pressure was on, but I did it.”

He accomplished this by taking two victories and a second spot, then beating the likes of GB veteran and newly-crowned league title winner with Peterborough, Chris Harris, in the semi-final to seal a final slot.

The 31-year-old Stars captain added: “When I got gate three in the semi-final I knew it was good. I knew I would make it

“Then I got gate three in the final. Gate three provided the winner of just two races up until the semi. When I had a look at the gates before the semi, Bomber (Harris) had picked four. I went and looked at three and it had soft bits.

“Then Charles picked gate one in the final. The soft bits were neither wet nor dry; they were a bit like plasticine: really sticky and were bonded together. Sometimes gates are really dry and they make the surface slick and hard.”

He added of the following day: “The Peter Craven Memorial was a good meeting; it had a five-man semi-final and a six-man Grand Final.

“I got to the semi-final but ran a chain where I came off, so that was that.”

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