Stars stunned as Kerr is taken to hospital with leg injuries
PUBLISHED: 22:32 04 July 2018 | UPDATED: 22:47 04 July 2018
King's Lynn Stars team boss Dale Allitt admitted the club are "devastated" after popular Lewis Kerr sustained serious leg injuries.
The Tru Plant Stars number two was taken away on a stretcher after an awkward heat six crash at the Adrian Flux Arena last night.
Kerr, 28, ploughed into the airfence at high speed after a tight first bend, along with team-mate Niels-Kristian Iversen and Leicester pair Hans Andersen and James Sarjeant.
All the riders moved out and Kerr was left with nowhere to go but down at high speed into the outside barrier with his bike and legs becoming entangled, which appeared to do the damage.
Kerr was clearly in a lot of pain on the track and immediate reports were of extensive leg injuries, possibly a break.
Stars team boss Allitt was clearly crestfallen after the incident as were all the riders on show.
Allitt said: “It’s absolutely devastating.
“It’s overshadowed anything else that could happen tonight. Our thoughts go out to Lewis and his wife Jessie.
“Lewis is such a fantastic guy and a really popular rider here with his team-mates and fans.
“I think everyone has been left downbeat by the incident.”
Only three seasons ago Kerr was involved in a horror incident at Peterborough’s East of England Showground which left him in a coma.
Remarkably he came back to the sport and has really become a trump card for the Tru Plant Stars and moved up into the team after a fine start to the campaign at reserve.
It was Kerr’s first outing of the night in the sixth race after he was excluded for touching the tapes in the opening event of the evening.
Former Star Kenneth Bjerre was in excellent form as he romped away to win heat one, but Lions’ James Sarjeant held off a fierce effort from Ty Proctor next time out.
But a 5-1 from the super-quick on-fire skipper Robert Lambert and Proctor in the fourth heat gave the home side a six-point lead.
Bjerre won his second race in heat five, but the Stars stayed 18-12 in front before Kerr’s crash and the ensuing long delay.
But, with the Stars leading 19-17, another crash in heat seven saw Kasper Andersen receive treatment and a decision was made to call off the meeting.