Lewis Kerr leads the way at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester.Picture: TAYLOR LANNING.

SPEEDWAY: Lewis Kerr fell agonisingly short of a race-off spot in the British Final at Belle Vue – after an impressive showing.

He insisted rain late on in the meeting cost him as he was left one point short after carding a nine-point total.

It was a thrilling night of racing in front of a big National Speedway Stadium crowd and the watching viewers on Eurosport.

Kerr said: “I loved the track but the rain came at the wrong time for me. I’m disappointed to miss out by a point.

“I had two gate fours, which didn’t help me. I gave my all, I enjoyed it and it’s a strong field but there’s next year.”

Kerr is happy with the way his form has held up as the season has got busier.

He said: “My last few meetings here have been really good so we sort of knew what set up to have from that again.

“Those two gate fours were hard work. Getting in the roost was like putting a brake on. It was difficult but never mind.”

Kerr will be back in Manchester to lead the Minors & Brady Stars into action on Monday as they approach the end of a troubled league season.

With track specialist Richard Lawson in the Stars side, they should be able to put up a respectable display but the Aces are a powerful side on their own track.

The final meeting of the season at the Adrian Flux Arena is against Wolverhampton next Thursday, August 26.

There are no plans for the club to stage a farewell meeting like the Pride of the East, as they are just keen to get through the season and start planning for a fresh start in 2022.