Lewis Kerr

SPEEDWAY: Reserve Lewis Kerr proved the King’s Lynn Stars hero as they chalked up home and away wins over hotly-fancied Poole, writes Chris Milsom.

But Rob Lyon’s team had to work hard for victory, coming back from behind in Dorset on Wednesday with a 5-1 last-heat win to secure a 46-44 win.

Poole led 41-37 with two races to go but Kerr won heat 14 with Robert Lambert third to pull the Stars within two points. Then the out-of-sorts Niels Kristian Iversen and captain Rory Schlein delivered in the last race.

Poole had picked up a point at the Norfolk Arena last Thursday when they restricted the hosts to only a 47-43 margin of victory.

Promotor Keith Chapman proved the key man, with his track knowledge helping deliver a fine racing surface, despite a heavy rain storm at 5pm. He turned things round in just 45 minutes to save the meeting.

The usually flawless Iversen had a bad night but the other home riders gritted their teeth to snatch a narrow win, with Nicklas Porsing looking confident after having a new engine fitted to his bike.

v Poole (home): Iversen 4+3, Porsing 8+1 Schlein 9 Lambert 7+1 Woofinden 6, Kerr 12 Mallett 1.

v Poole (away): Iversen 8+1, Porsing 6, Schlein 12+1, Lambert 3, Bjerre 3+1, Kerr 12+2, Morley 2+2.

* Stars legend Malcolm Simmons has died. He had been suffering from emphysema and passed away in a hospice in Kent at the weekend.

“Simmo” formed a potent spearhead with Terry Betts for the Stars and won the World Team Cup and World Best Pairs titles, scoring 2,112 points during eight seasons in a Lynn racejacket.