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Norfolk-born skipper has 'all the ability' to rise to very top of sport

By Pete Woodhouse

King’s Lynn Stars club icon Niels-Kristian Iversen says Norfolk’s own Robert Lambert has all the ability to rise to the very top of speedway.

The Grand Prix star and ex-World number four said of Lynn’s skipper: “It’s up to him. He’s got everything which he needs to have, to go all the way to the top. So, you know, it’s up to himself.

“It’s up to his own attitude and his own ability to take it as far as he possibly can.”

Kings Lynn Stars v Somerset Rebels in Premeriship KO Cup. Robert Lambert (4895616)
Kings Lynn Stars v Somerset Rebels in Premeriship KO Cup. Robert Lambert (4895616)

Iversen, 36, added of Norwich-born Lambert, who topped the 2018 SGB Premiership averages for the Adrian Flux Arena side: “He definitely has the talent, you know. He has the people around him. He has a lot of support. I think he can go a long way. This year he has moved on massively.

“Time will tell. I cannot really look into the future, but definitely he has everything that it takes to make it all the way, so it will be interesting to see.”

Lambert, 20, is first reserve for next year’s GP series, and said: “It’s great to be first reserve. I’ll get a bit more of a taste of meetings, get to know what that kind of level is all about if I get a chance to ride.

“Probably if I would have got the wild card, I’d have turned it down.

“I think it’s quite big a step up for me – at the moment I’ve got the SEC (Tauron Speedway European Championship) I’m racing next year. To come third in that is awesome, I’ve never been expecting to be on the podium when I entered this competition, and I’m doing Extra League in Poland.”

Multi-Danish champion Iversen added of his Stars compatriot Michael Palm Toft, who after injury the Saddlebow side sorely missed at the business end of last season when they narrowly lost two trophy finals: “He’s a strong reserve and he has proved here every single meeting what he can do. He’s hard to replace there.

“But that’s the sport, sometimes. You can’t really battle against that. If you don’t have the luck, then you won’t win, and this time we didn’t have the luck.”


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