Robert Lambert faces one of the biggest nights of his burgeoning speedway career tomorrow (7.30) as he bids to be crowned world under 21 individual champion.
The FIM World U21 Championship Final series begins at the Adrian Flux Arena this weekend on home shale.
Lynn will host the opening round of the showpiece event, with Lambert, 18, flying the Stars’ flag after being handed a permanent wildcard for the three-meeting series.
It is the latest big moment in Lambert’s blossoming career – and he is keen to make the most of the experience.
With his home crowd roaring him on, and extensive knowledge of the Saddlebow Road track, the teenager is desperate to make the most of his home advantage by putting in a strong showing.
“It’s obviously a big thing, to be in a series like this at such a high level,” said Foulsham-based Lambert.
“I’m wanting to be at the top in the future, that’s where I want to be, so it’s going to be great to get this sort of World Championship experience.
“I’m delighted to have been given the wildcard, and I realise I’m pretty lucky to have been given the chance.
“I won’t put any pressure on myself this year, it’s my first season riding in the World Under 21s and it’s a chance to see where I’m at.
“It’s great to be on my home track at King’s Lynn in the first round, it’s somewhere I know well so I hope I can make the most of it.
“It’s going to be tough and anything can happen on the day, but I’d like to think I can use my knowledge around there to have a good meeting and get off to a good start.
“I suppose the track can be a bit of a leveller because it’s somewhere quite a lot of riders enjoy, but if it’s prepared as it usually is then I should be able to find a good setup from the start.
“It’s important to get off to a good start, and if I can score well at King’s Lynn then it will put me in a good position and give me plenty of confidence to take into the last two rounds. Hopefully the crowd can give me plenty of support and I can make the most of it by putting in a good performance.”
Stars team manager Rob Lyon said: “I’m sure Robert will be in the mix there somewhere. He’s by far and away the best under-21 rider we have in this country.”
Proud Lynn owner Keith Chapman said: “It is an honour to be hosting such another big meeting after having one of the Grand Prix qualifying rounds here just a few months ago.
“The racing that night was excellent and it made us all very proud once again.
“The World Under-21’s are always as exciting as well and I don’t think this year’s is going to be any different.
“There really are some top quality youngsters on display in this series who have got the potential to go on and have massive careers in this sport.
“It should be a great night and I’m sure they will serve us up a treat!”
l A bumper programme has been produced for this meeting – which includes exclusive interviews from Tai Woffinden and Darcy Ward.
The 56-page special will be available on entry for £5.