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King's Lynn Stars skipper praises impact of new recruit Richard Lawson

King’s Lynn skipper Lewis Kerr has praised the instant impact of new recruit Richard Lawson who has hit the ground running in Stars’ colours.

Whitehaven-born Lawson has top-scored in both of the meetings he has ridden for the Minors & Brady Stars so far, at Ipswich and Peterborough, after replacing fellow Cumbrian Craig Cook, who was set to sign for Ipswich this week, a fortnight ago.

Kerr also revealed some of the circumstances that led to the change.

Richard Lawson focused before the meeting at Peterborough. (47975469)
Richard Lawson focused before the meeting at Peterborough. (47975469)

Kerr on Sunday sustained a broken collarbone after a crash in Heat 9 for his second tier club Eastbourne in the Championship KO Cup, first round, first leg 58-32 victory over Kent.

He told the Lynn News he is having surgery either yesterday or today (Thursday or Friday) and is targeting the British GP Qualifier on June 19 at Glasgow for a comeback.

“I know Richard really well. He’s a really good trapper (fast-starter), a solid points-scorer and a chilled-out guy. He wants to ride and wants to do well,” said the Dersingham racer.

The duo have three clubs in common where they have been team-mates: Lakeside in 2016; Somerset in 2017; and Eastbourne in 2019 and this year.

Lawson revealed Lynn were after him during the winter when it was unclear if Erik Riss would compete in the UK due to coronavirus complications.

Kerr commented that the 36-year-old would naturally be on the Stars’ radar: “Always, because of the type of person he is. He’s a solid points-scorer, home and away.”

Lawson came in because Cook was most visibly struggling during the home 32-58 loss to Wolves, and Kerr added of that meeting: “There was not a lot I could do. I had a reasonably good meeting, but it was tough.

“It was pretty depressing in the pits. No matter what we did, it didn’t go right. The track wasn’t how we planned, and various things.

“There was a different atmosphere in the pits at Ipswich: not just riders, but mechanics and everything.

“I really like Craig. It’s difficult: he was very low at the time. He obviously didn’t like the track. It’s tough because when someone is that low it affects the rest of the pits, especially if he’s your number one: you look at your number one.

“I think it’s a bit of both ways. It wouldn’t be good for Craig going to King’s Lynn
and going to be unhappy like that.

“It’s not good for him and not good for the club. I’m sure he’s a lot happier now that the pressure’s off.”

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