TAPES-UP: Semi the perfect shop window for Kerr
TONIGHT is the perfect shop window for young Brit Lewis Kerr to earn himself an Elite League spot in 2014.
The Newcastle rider once again guests for the Robins in the second leg of their play-off semi-final with Poole in place of injured reserve Ashley Birks, and performed well in the first leg to claim two points which didn’t truly reflect how well he rode.
Kerr is currently involved in the National League play-offs with King’s Lynn Young Stars and at Premier League level with the Diamonds, and having been given his chance by Alun Rossiter is keen to show he is capable of making the step up for the top tier next season.
“It was my first time at Swindon and I really went there not expecting to score anything at all, especially considering it was against Poole, and a few things went my way and I got a couple of good points,” he said.
“It went well really and even the race I was last in I was on the pace, and it was pretty good and I really enjoyed it.
“I’ve guested once for Swindon and a couple of times for King’s Lynn, but to be involved in the play-offs is a real honour. Hopefully Rosco (Rossiter) will use me for the rest of the season if I do a decent job, and hopefully we can get to the final and I can ride there too.
“I can’t ride in the National League next year and I need to ride in two leagues, so obviously I will be in the Premier League and I know if I can get a reserve slot in the Elite League I can do a good job.
“This is the perfect way to show people what I can do, and I think I proved on Monday I have the speed.”
The Robins lead by 10 going into tonight’s second leg, and Kerr is confident it will be enough to earn a place in the final.
“We’ve got the tacticals in our favour this time and we did well in the first leg, so hopefully it can be enough,” he said.
“Rosco wanted to lead by double figures going into the first meeting and that’s what we’ve got, so I’m confident we can do it.”
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