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King's Lynn skipper reflects on time with team-mate at Lakeside

King’s Lynn Stars skipper Lewis Kerr reflected on when he and old colleague turned new team-mate Lewis Bridger first raced together.

Sussex-based Bridger joined Lynn during the winter to reunite with Kerr: in 2016 the duo were in Lakeside colours.

The Hammers finished in fourth spot during that Elite League campaign and reached the play-offs only to be dumped out in the September semi-finals by Belle Vue, 112-69 on aggregate.

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

The pair also crossed paths early on at Revolution Speedway, a back-up team run by Rob Painter who is now managing director of Great Britain Speedway and is charged with helming the national side.

But Kerr, who took to the Adrian Flux Arena for a practice session on Tuesday, soon departed the organisation after not seeing eye-to-eye on a couple of issues.

Minors & Brady Stars captain Kerr said of their Lakeside stint: “I don’t think we ever paired up.

“I was at reserve for most of the year. He was a second-string maybe and it was a really enjoyable year for Lakeside.

“We were team-mates for the whole of 2016. We were basically in the Revolution Speedway team. That is how I got to know Lewis. We had to work closely at testing and it evolved from there, really.

“That year, 2016, we were on Java engines. I left them halfway through that season and I got my own equipment; and he left halfway through the next, I think. These sorts of things happen in speedway, but I always kept in touch.”

Kerr, 31, added of his first-namesake, who is about five months his senior: “If you go on talent alone, Lewis is one of the most talented riders around. He’ll be one of the first to admit he has not backed it up with everything else. Lewis hasn’t been to one of my charity golf days.

“Ever since the Revolution days. I’ve spoken to him quite often. We always talk about past campaigns.”

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