Teenage King’s Lynn Stars rider Robert Lambert has been handed his first World Cup final spot.
The 18-year-old was selected to represent Great Britain at the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Team Cup for a second year running.
The GB Lions’ team for the showpiece event at Belle Vue on Saturday, July 30 was confirmed at the weekend by team boss Alun Rossiter. As hosts, GB are seeded straight through to the final in Manchester this year.
Lambert excelled on his SWC debut last year at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena. He will be joined in the quartet at the National Speedway Stadium by world champion and captain Tai Woffinden, Danny King, and Craig Cook as GB go for their first medal in the competition since 2006.
Adam Ellis has received the nod for the compulsory Under-21 reserve berth, whilst Rossiter has put former Lynn rider Steve Worrall on stand-by in case of any problems over the next week.
Rossiter said: “For the first time in quite a few years the team hasn’t picked itself, there have been some tough decisions but I’m confident that I’ve come to the right conclusions.
“I’m sure there will be a few people who will have had other ideas, but that’s the same for any manager in any job. Everybody has a different opinion, and I’m fine with that.
“Robert is the future, and when he was called upon last year it didn’t faze him at all.
“I thought he had an outstanding World Cup debut, everyone was talking about him, and having got to know him a lot more over the last twelve months I’ve seen him improve and become far more grown-up.”
‘Rosco’ added: “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was telling Chris Harris that he hasn’t made the Great Britain side this year.
“When I spoke to him he was very good about it. It was the same with Scott Nicholls, who had put himself back in the frame last winter.
“The team has ended up being the top three from the British Final, along with Tai of course, although there was far more to the decision than just the result of that meeting.
“I’m comfortable with my decisions and we’re all looking forward to the Final. The atmosphere when we’ve raced at home at King’s Lynn over the last few years has been fantastic, and now we’re looking for exactly the same at Belle Vue because it can really inspire the boys.”
Poland booked their place at the Final by triumphing in Event 1 at Vojens on Saturday night, piling up 39 points to beat hosts Denmark (36), Russia (32) and the Czech Republic (19). Lynn’s Niels-Kristian Iversen scored eight points for Denmark.
The Danes and Russians line up in the Race Off at Manchester on Friday night, with rumours that triple world champion Nicki Pedersen may be drafted in for Denmark.
The Monster Energy SWC action switches to Sweden next, where Event 2 takes place in Vastervik tonight as defending champions Sweden face Australia, USA and Germany for the right to join GB and Poland in the Final.