New Stars signing Richard Lawson leads Jason Crump at last year’s British Final. Picture: Ian Charles.

SPEEDWAY: Determined captain Lewis Kerr has backed the signing of Richard Lawson, writes Nigel Pearson.

Lawson has joined the King’s Lynn Minors & Brady Stars as a replacement for Craig Cook, who was released immediately after last week’s home humiliation by Wolverhampton.

Kerr believes it is the right move for the club and as captain he has shown his backing to the club bosses.

“Rich is a laid-back guy and a very solid points scorer,” said Kerr. 

“It’s kind of worked out well that he’ll race his first meeting for us at Ipswich (last night, after Your Local Paper went to press) – he raced there in 2019 and it’s a track he knows he can do well on. 

“Rich will always score you points wherever he goes. He’s one hell of a gater; he never really knows when he’s beaten and he’ll offer lots off track too. 

“He’s a good laugh. He gets involved with the team and that’s the sort of person we want and need at Lynn. 

“It’s all been a bit too serious in the first couple of meetings to be honest. We haven’t been having a laugh and enjoying it and I think that’s told in our first few performances. 

“Behind the scenes it’s been really difficult with certain riders down and I guess it’s a knock-on effect to other riders. There’s only so much I can say to them but hopefully things will start to improve pretty soon. 

“We need to be seen to be making things happen and, in such a short season, if we don’t make changes early on then we’ll be completely out of it before anything’s really got started. 

“It’s been a tough start but there are no excuses. 

“Now it’s down to us a team to put things right, turn things around and get things back on track before it’s too late.”

The Stars head to Peterborough on Monday before returning to the Adrian Flux Arena on Thursday, June 17, against Sheffield.

British Final runner-up Lawson join the Stars in time for last night’s trip to his former club Ipswich and played a major part in helping the Witches to the Grand Final in 2019.

Stars team manager Peter Schroeck said: “We welcome Richard to Lynn and we know what a fine performer he is on his day.

“I know people will say his average is lower than Craig’s but you have to deal with the situation of today and not just numbers from two years ago.

“We can all play the numbers game but we have to be realistic and this move will benefit the team, I’m confident Richard can bring points to the table on a consistent basis with a good attitude.

“Our pits wasn’t a good place to be against Wolves and we have to improve that, we need to get back to working as a unit and pulling together and a signing like Richard will help that.”