Lewis Kerr says it is a dream come true to be named captain of his hometown club.
When Stars’ No.1 Robert Lambert was ruled out through injury, Kerr received a call from team boss Peter Schroeck, who offered him the captaincy.
It was a proud moment for the Norfolk boy to be the skipper of the Poultec Stars and it has transformed him as a rider too, because he has thrived on the extra responsibility.
Kerr said: “I am really proud to be named captain. I really enjoyed it over the last few weeks so hopefully it is helping my teammates.
“I thought that it just brought the best out of me. It took my mind off thinking about what I am going to do in every race. I just got on with my job helping all the boys and I have really enjoyed it.
“I struggled a bit at the start of the season and I couldn’t really work out why. Since dropping to reserve, though, it has given me a load of confidence and I was beating people that I rode against in the Championship, so I knew that I could do it.
“I am really enjoying myself at Lynn now that I have got things working. It is ideal for me, having big and small tracks with different conditions, like grippy and slick, because it is a perfect set-up.
Kerr has had personal goals over the few years with the main aim of reaching the British Final each season.
He said: “I am massively proud of what I have achieved in the last year or so. I got sixth place in the British Final and if someone had said that to me at the start of the night I would have bitten their hand off.
“I have made the British Final three years on the bounce and I am really happy to have done that.
“I prepare well for every meeting but doing the job in the semi and just to get in that final is a big one for me.
“We have made that three years on the bounce and this year’s final was my best one to date.”
Cook makes most of reprieve with big returns
King’s Lynn Stars made it four wins on the bounce with a comfortable 53-37 defeat of A47 rivals Peterborough Panthers on Monday at the Adrian Flux Arena, reports Chris Milsom.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Poultec Stars though, who dominated the early proceedings with some fine team riding and plenty of heat advantages.
The withdrawal of Hans Andersen for the Panthers seemed to spark the visitors into life and two 5-1 maximums, thanks to the pairing of seven-times British champion Scott Nicholls and the recently crowned champion Charles Wright saw Peterborough reduce the deficit to just six points with three heats remaining.
There was a heart-in-the-mouth moment for Erik Riss, who managed to pick himself up from a heavy first bend crash, that saw the German hit the air fence very hard after picking up too much grip going into the corner.
But the Stars showed their strength as they recorded a 4-2 in Heat 13, thanks to a tidy win from guest rider Chris Harris and Thomas Jorgensen and Lewis Kerr recorded a 5-1 for Lynn in Heat 14. Stars’ top scorer Craig Cook won Heat 15 and he was followed home by Harris, who got the better of Nicholls for second place.
Stars manager Peter Schroeck said: “I’m very pleased with that. I couldn’t fault the boys and we’ve done the business again.
“They all wanted it really badly and, although there were one or two hiccups, we turned it around and made it quite a comfortable victory.
“Erik’s crash was a tough one, he hit the ground hard and I think he’s feeling it now, but he’ll be fine. He didn’t go in Heat 15 because his best bike was totally damaged, but Bomber did a great job for us and he deserved the ride.
“Peterborough were a little unlucky with Hans. He’s been a class act for many years.”
Lynn had kept themselves in the hunt for a play-off place with a comprehensive 54-36 win over Wolverhampton last Thursday.
On A-level results day, the Stars taught Wolves a lesson in gating as they produced a solid team display.
There was no doubt the Stars would have joined students up and down the country celebrating when the news broke that influential star Craig Cook had been granted permission to race.
The Great Britain ace had been handed a 12-day ban but his appeal against his punishment, for an incident at Eastbourne while on Championship duty with Glasgow, meant he was able to continue racing while the case is reviewed.
He was one of four home riders to bang in double figures, with dashing Dane Thomas Jorgensen the stand-out rider with an unbeaten night.
Stars v Peterborough: Harris 8+2, Palm-Toft 10, Riss 9, Jorgensen 6+1, Cook 11, Kerr 7+2, S Lambert 2.
Stars v Wolves: Grajczonek 0, Riss 11+1, Jorgensen 14+1, Palm-Toft 7+1, Cook 10, Kerr 10+4, Porsing 2.