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King's Lynn Stars' skipper suffers double postponement disappointment

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Dersingham speedway ace Lewis Kerr suffered a play-off postponement double disappointment in the space of four days.

Firstly the King’s Lynn Stars captain, whose second tier club is Redcar, on Friday had a wasted journey when the Bears’ Championship Play-Off Quarter-Final, first leg at Edinburgh was rained-off.

Then on Monday he was down to guest for Peterborough in their Premiership Play-Off Semi-Final, second leg against Wolverhampton, which also fell victim to the great British weather.

Lewis Kerr. (48805221)
Lewis Kerr. (48805221)

The 31-year-old was hoping to get another call-up by the Panthers last night (Thursday) for the semi restaging across the A47. Peterborough won the first leg 46-44.

Meanwhile, Redcar’s Scottish trip has been re-arranged for tonight.

Kerr confirmed that the Peterborough call-up was only his second guest meeting of the 2021 season.

He said: “I made a guest appearance for Scunthorpe a couple of months ago and this one is only my second guest booking. I’ll take anything.

“I had a quick chat with Rob Lyon (former Lynn manager, now with Peterborough) but he was discussing track conditions. There was a downpour about 5pm-ish and it was called off before the track walk.

“I’m hoping to be involved in the restaging, fingers crossed, hopefully do well in that and then they’ll use me in the final. We’ll see what happens.

“Tofty (former Lynn rider Michael Palm Toft) was out and he’d moved up to number one in the team. I think I replaced Tofty and maybe they were using rider replacement for Ulrich Ostergaard.

“Tofty had broken his fingers in the first leg at Wolverhampton. It was not that bad a crash but he fell awkwardly.”

Kerr hopes the Dane will return on two fronts as he is also a vital member of the Redcar one-to-seven: “We’re relying on Tofty otherwise it could be difficult,” he added. “We could really do with him back in the team. Doing “r/r” does make us a lot weaker at Redcar.”

Kerr, who has made a tentative return to social media after quitting midway through the campaign due to some abuse, ‘Tweeted’ his frustration at the first postponement: “Just what you need. 40 miles from Edinburgh with a diesel shortage. Happy Friday.”

He added: “It was a frustrating 15 hours in the van and a wasted journey. It’s tough trying to deal with it.

“This year there haven’t been too many postponements but at the end of the day it’s got to be safe.

“I wouldn’t be too happy if I got to Edinburgh and it was under water and we had to possibly ride with it. I’d rather go back and ride it another day.”

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