Teenage sensation Robert Lambert impressed in front of the Sky Sports cameras last night as he scored a paid maximum for the King’s Lynn Stars, who beat the visiting Lakeside Hammers 58-34 at the Adrian Flux Arena.
The opening night victory for the Roger Warnes Transport Stars, which puts them at the top of the Elite League table, did come at a cost with Nicklas Porsing and Lewis Kerr both withdrawn from the meeting early on.
Kerr suffered concussion from a crash in heat 5 and will be out of the Stars’ next two fixtures, while Porsing aggravated a previous injury after heat 6 and is expected to miss the away fixture at Lakeside on Good Friday.
It was an almost perfect start for the Stars, who never looked like losing the meeting. Heat advantages in the opening four races set the tone for the fixture and the Hammers failed to cope with the Stars scoring power at home.
Captain Rory Schlein dropped just one point on his way to a 13+1 point haul with Niels-Kristian Iversen managing 10 and reserve Ashley Morris getting paid 9.
Stand-in manager Dale Allitt was delighted with his team’s performance, he said: “The boys did well tonight. We made a great start to the meeting and hit Lakeside hard early on. I was pleased with how the team rode, especially after going down to just five riders.
“It was unfortunate that we lost both Nicklas and Lewis tonight, they will both miss Friday’s meeting. We wish them well and hopefully they will be back soon.
Allitt also had a special mention for Lambert, who at just 16-years-old, showed tremendous ability and track craft to not only win races but to ride well within the team. He said: “It was a great performance from Robert tonight. He showed everyone what he is about and what he can do.”
Lynn ‘Roger Warnes Transport’ Stars: Robert Lambert 16+2, Rory Schlein 13+1, Niels-Kristian Iversen 10, Ashley Morris 8+1, Kenneth Bjerre 5+2, Nicklas Porsing 3, Lewis Kerr 3.
Lakeside ‘Vortex’ Hammers: Andreas Jonsson 11, Adam Ellis 8+1, Kim Nilsson 4+1, Mikkel Bech 4, Richard Lawson 3+1, Ashley Birks 3+1, Edward Kennett 1.