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UPDATE: King's Lynn Stars meeting abandoned after two crashes

By Pete Woodhouse

Lewis Kerr. (2305291)
Lewis Kerr. (2305291)

Two crashes caused tonight’s King’s Lynn Stars home speedway meeting with Leicester Lions to be abandoned after seven races.

The first incident involved Dersingham rider Lewis Kerr in Heat 6 and he was taken to the Lynn Queen Hospital by ambulance following lengthy treatment.

Lynn’s Kasper Andersen faced the same fate in Heat 7 which saw three riders down: Andersen, for whom the ambulance was called, the excluded Ricky Wells and Charles Wright.

This left officials with no choice as the 10.45pm curfew approached.

Confirming that the meeting was abandoned shortly after 10.30pm, club owner Keith Chapman said: “I’ve never known anything like it. It’s been one thing after the other.

“I feel for everyone involved tonight. It’s been an absolute disaster.

“My thoughts are with Lewie and Kasper at the moment.”

Lynn were leading 18-12 going into Heat 6 just before 8.30pm when Iversen and Kerr both seemed to hunt the same line at the first corner.

Both fell and the West Norfolk racer was excluded before being loaded into the stadium ambulance after suffering a leg injury.

The county ambulance was reportedly not available for another couple of hours.

King’s Lynn team boss Dale Allitt said: “Lewis is in a lot of pain with his lower leg. He’s had morphine so it’s not straightforward.

“Within the rules we can’t run without an ambulance. We are trying to get another ambulance. We’re talking to private firms so we can carry on the meeting. If we can’t sort something out we’ll review it.”

The incident had already delayed the action by more than an hour with Kerr needing about 30 minutes' on-track treatment.

With the ambulance returning, it was confirmed by Stars management and meeting officials at 9.45pm that attempts were being made to rush through and gain a result, with neither side having many options for a re-run date.

However, in the very next heat, Andersen fell, along with Leicester's Ricky Wells and Charles Wright.

Andersen required medical treatment, triggering the abandonment. A minimum of ten heats is needed to declare a Premiership result.

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