King’s Lynn’s teenage sensation Robert Lambert heads into a big weekend on a high after a terrific British Final debut on Monday.
Lambert finished third at Belle Vue to reach the podium at his first attempt, and the result must also leave him firmly in Great Britain boss Alun Rossiter’s thoughts for next month’s World Cup.
Before that, Lambert lines up for the Roger Warnes Transport Stars at Coventry on Friday before taking his place in the opening round of the World Under-21 Final at the Adrian Flux Arena on Saturday.
He was a constant factor in events at the National Speedway Stadium, scoring twelve points from his five qualifying rides to reach the semi-final.
It could even have been progression straight to the Final but Lambert lost out to Craig Cook in his final outing, leaving the Belle Vue man and Danny King going through directly.
Lambert, though dominated the semi-final to qualify with Steve Worrall ahead of Richard Lawson and Scott Nicholls.
The Final was run in rapidly worsening conditions as rain intensified, and it turned into an early battle between King and Cook who had the preferable inside gates.
King took the title and with it the British Grand Prix Wild Card, with Cook second, whilst Lambert grabbed a fully deserved third place.
He said: “It’s all about gate positions here, and it’s tough from three and four. Gates one and two were quite straightforward, and if I’d won my last race before the semi I would have got straight to the Final with second pick.
“It’s a shame, but it’s something to improve on next year. It’s definitely a good result in my debut in this meeting, and I’m pretty proud of what I’ve done.”