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King’s Lynn Stars skipper hails morale-boosting derby win at Ipswich

King’s Lynn Stars skipper Lewis Kerr said Thursday’s morale-boosting derby win at Ipswich was one of the best speedway meetings he has ever been involved in.

The Minors & Brady Stars opened their account for the season by finishing the meeting with two successive 5-1 race victories from debutant Richard Lawson and Dersingham rider Kerr to win 46-44 at Foxhall.

Some online sources have the ex-Witches away duo alternating first and second places in those key final heats, but Kerr says otherwise, that Lawson won both: “I followed Richard home both times,” the 31-year-old told the Lynn News.

Lewis Kerr ready for the new Speedway season. Picture: Ian Burt. (46646447)
Lewis Kerr ready for the new Speedway season. Picture: Ian Burt. (46646447)

“It worked out a treat, it really did. I’m still buzzing. Lewis Bridger was ill but I didn’t get to speak with Pete (Schroeck, team boss) about that.

“To be honest, it was nice to have the extra rides and try and get the extra points.

“We went six points behind at the right time, to bring Richard in on a tactical ride, and he banged in a 5-1.”

“The best thing was I managed to pass Danny King and Cameron Heeps on another 5-1 which was incredible.”

Despite a tumble at Ipswich which left him winded, Thomas Jorgensen had recovered enough to ride for Scunthorpe Scorpions the next day during their 49-41 home Championship success over Eastbourne Eagles, which is the second-tier club of Kerr and Lawson.

Lynn-born Kerr added: “Both teams had rider replacement and injuries. We just grouped and muddled together, and all mucked in and had a laugh.

“Between every race we had a good chat and it was one of the best speedway meetings I have ever been involved in.”

Kerr missed out on the chance to tackle former Star and treble World Champion on his home track, Jason Crump, who had suffered five broken ribs at Wolverhampton on Monday.

Kerr commented on the Australian, who rode for Lynn between 2000 and 2001: “I didn’t really go to speedway much then. I first went to Lynn when I was five years old and I can’t remember who was riding.”

Ipswich manager Ritchie Hawkins said: “Well done to King’s Lynn, I thought they rode really well on the night and I have no complaints about them taking victory.”

Lynn are due to ride at Peterborough tonight – a meeting Kerr was will miss after suffering a nasty collarbone injury while riding for Eastbourne at the weekend.

Kerr Tweeted earlier that he is due to undergo surgery on the injury later this week and hopes to be back in action within a fortnight.

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