Lynn Stars speedway youngster Robert Lambert is just five races away from becoming a fully-fledged Grand Prix rider.
It comes after the 18-year-old, a reserve in the British GP at Cardiff, scored six points from three rides at a rain affected GP World Championship semi-final qualifier in Lonigo on Saturday.
He will now take his place in the Challenge in Vetlanda, Sweden, in September where the top three will book their place in the 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.
A delighted Lambert said: “To win two out of my three heats was better than I thought I may achieve.
“I messed the start up in my last race but thankfully I had done enough and I now go through to the GP Challenge which is excellent.
“I’m happy with the result. I’m not sure I felt I could achieve this, but I did it with the help of several people and I’m so happy with the experience I’m gaining at every opportunity. My special thanks to mechanics Arthur and Frank. The latter helped me out with his car for the weekend and he is always there when needed. Thanks to everyone for their support, friends, family, fans, everyone.”
Meanwhile, the Stars have been dealt yet another injury blow after Simon Lambert broke his left hand on Sunday.
Lambert was competing for the Peterborough Panthers during their Premier League KO Cup exit against Somerset.
The meeting was delayed for just over an hour following the nasty heat three crash in which Lambert came to grief after clipping the machine of Stars’ team-mate Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen.
Lambert was treated by track paramedics before being taken to hospital where it was confirmed he had broken his hand.
Lynn are back in action on Monday, July 11 when they travel to Coventry.
It will start a busy and season-defining week for Rob Lyon’s men who host Leicester on Thursday, July 14 before facing the Lions away on Saturday, July 16.
The next action at the Adrian Flux Arena is tomorrow when the Young Stars host high-flying Kent in the Travel Plus National League.
FIM Speedway GP World Championship semi-final, Lonigo: Patryk Dudek 9, Tomasz Jerdrzejak 8, Max Fricke 7, Nico Covatti 7, Rob Lambert 6, Brady Kurtz 6, Martin Smolinski 5, Mikkel Bech 5, Craig Cook 5, Michael Jepsen-Jensen 4, Thomas H. Jonasson 4, Freddie Lindgren 3, Bartosz Zmarzlik 2, Paco Castagna 1, Stanislav Melnychuk 1, Daniel Gappmaier 0, Sergei Logachev 0.