Departing King’s Lynn Stars Fast Track reserve rider Lewis Kerr is ‘elated’ after his wife Jessie gave birth to their first child, Cooper.
Kerr tweeted after the baby boy arrived in the early hours of Wednesday a fortnight ago: “Meet Cooper Kerr!! No feeling in the world! Man I love this boy! Jessie was sooo good!! So proud!”
The Heacham-based 25-year-old rider had domestically agreed terms with the Roger Warnes Transport Stars in the Elite League and Ipswich in the Premier League.
However Lynn have just announced they are switching race nights to Thursdays – the same day as Ipswich ride, so both Lynn and Kerr have mutually agreed to reluctantly part the ways for 2016.
Kerr added on being a father for the first time: “I’m elated. I couldn’t be happier. It’s all going in the right direction after I’ve had such a tough year.”
Kerr suffered a serious head injury in the summer, but as his recovery picks up pace, preparations have been aided by a two-year sponsor deal with backers Revolution Speedway Pro Race Team.
The agreement with Revolution means Kerr does not have to find sponsors for his forthcoming campaigns since all equipment is provided – a real advantage in the past few months with his first child being due while undergoing rehabilitation.
Kerr gets to test state-of-the-art gear, including a high altitude mask!
“I have got a couple of private sponsors, which is always nice, but I’ve got Revolution who can take care of the rest,” remarked Kerr, who has been involved with the club since 2010 when joining the King’s Lynn Young Stars.
The Snettisham-born rider revealed a new ambition, as he is speaking to a couple of Polish clubs: “I’m focusing on trying to break into Poland at the moment. There will be testing and things, and they start a bit later than in Britain, some time in April.”
Ipswich Witches also appealed, as Kerr revealed: “They did approach us and they were the one club in the Premier League I really wanted to go to.
“It’s an 80-mile trip and they run on a Thursday which is pretty good for me – that opens up my weekends.
“It’s really exciting for me. Richie Hawkins is the new team manager there. He knows what it is about and he’s good fun.
“I’m looking forward to it. The whole team spirit is very good already. I haven’t been over there yet but we’ve got a group chat on WhatsApp.”
The opportunity with Ipswich came after Kerr parted company with the Newcastle Diamonds.
Kerr commented: “Newcastle said I wasn’t going to be part of their team plans but Newcastle have been great.
“They’re a great club and I enjoyed my three years there.
“They gave me my first break to get into the Premier League.”