Teenage sensation Robert Lambert is relishing his first crack on the world speedway stage when the Monster Energy FIM World Cup comes to town on Monday.
Lynn Stars rider Lambert, 17, will make his his GB World Cup debut at the Adrian Flux Arena when Great Britain come up against Australia, Latvia and the USA.
An excited Lambert, who has been handed his chance by Team GB boss Alun Rossiter, said: “It’s brilliant. It’s another step up for my career.
“I’ve just got to keep taking these steps, keep working on it, and take it with both hands and see what we can make of it.
“It’s a great achievement for myself. To watch it always as a young kid and to actually be in it is awesome.
“I can’t think of a thing that is better.”
Norwich-born Lambert proved his huge potential when beating Chris Holder in a recent home meeting against the Poole Pirates.
The duo will also be on opposite sides on Monday with Holder lining-up for Australia.
Lambert added: “That’s awesome to beat a rider like that. It always puts a smile on your face.
“So you celebrate it on the track as you come into the pits, but as soon as the helmet comes off you have got to be focused, think about your bike and get ready for the next heat.
“I’m happy with my speed and I have just got to keep working on my starts and working on every little aspect of my speedway: my fitness, and all of it, to keep me quicker and faster.”
Team Great Britain skipper Tai Woffinden is backing his young guns to fire in Monday’s meeting.
Woffinden has been impressed by what he has seen from Lambert and is certain the biggest meeting of his life won’t faze the hometown hero.
Former world champion Woffinden said: “I’m right behind the selection of Bomber (Chris Harris) and Danny (King) – I think Rosco has got that right.
“Robert Lambert will be fine, too. He’s got a lot of speed. I saw that in a meeting I did in Poland earlier this season.”
“It will be great to get the boys together and hopefully we can go straight through to the final, but it will be tough.
“Lynn will be great to ride I’m sure. Buster Chapman (stadium owner and track curator) always does a great job there and it’s probably the second best track in England behind Wolverhampton.
“All the boys will be up for it. We’ll give it everything and see where it gets us, but I’m really pumped.
“We have tough opposition in the Australian boys, USA and Latvia but I’m sure it will be a good meeting and there is no reason why we can’t go out there and get a result.”