King's Lynn Stars skipper hopeful of Lambert return
King’s Lynn Stars skipper Lewis Kerr hopes spearhead Robert Lambert will remain with the club next season.
It emerged over the weekend that Lambert has agreed deals in Poland and Sweden and, under proposed Polish League rules, the 22-year-old would be ruled out of racing in other countries.
Club officials say discussions are continuing, but have warned the proposals could have far-reaching consequences for the elite level of the sport in Britain.
Kerr admitted he had not followed the Lambert saga closely but said: “If he wants to be at King’s Lynn, he will be.”
The Stars have made at least two statements concerning Lambert’s situation this autumn and co-promoter Dale Allitt has not ruled out a return to the Adrian Flux Arena for the key rider because there are talks taking place between the British, Danish and Swedish governing bodies.
Lambert is a busy, talented rider whose logistical ability to race in England has been in doubt over some previous winters.
However the pull of West Norfolk and his home county is still great and the Norwich-born star has so far never failed to turn up come spring and fulfil a British season for Lynn in some shape or form.
Nevertheless the current European champion is in-demand with his usual continental and international commitments, especially with Covid-19 still hanging over matters, so his appearance in a 2021 Stars race-suit cannot be guaranteed.
Captain Kerr said of his long-time team-mate Lambert, who is based in Foulsham: “To be fair, I haven’t really read anything like that. I know as much as anybody else.
“If he wants to be at King’s Lynn, he will be. Robert is a local lad. His mum and dad are not far away.
“If he can work things out, he will be at King’s Lynn, 100 per cent.”
Dersingham racer Kerr appreciates the pull of having local riders involved, and added: “I’m sure me and Robert being local will bring extra people to the stadium. People will come back to watch local lads.”
The 30-year-old also acknowledges the value of Lambert to the Norfolk side: “I’ve ridden with him in the same team for years. He’ll come and help you in the pits with your set-ups.
“He’s a good laugh. Everybody knows you need banter in the team and have a laugh with the lads, otherwise it’s hard and things can get on top of you. You need a laugh, definitely.
“He’s a good lad to have about, that’s for sure.”
Speaking on Friday night, Stars co-promoter Dale Allitt insisted the club were not ruling Lambert out of their plans for 2021 just yet.
He said: “We’re in regular contact with Robert and naturally we are delighted for him on a personal level that he is fixed up in Poland and Sweden.
“He isn’t the only rider this Polish restriction impacts, there are plenty, and if it goes through we will be seeing some very different Premiership line-ups next year.
“Speedway is in danger of becoming a Polish sport to the detriment of the other countries.
“We would like to keep Robert, but if this becomes not possible as is proposed by the Poles right now then we still hope he would come over and do a couple of meetings at King’s Lynn so our fans can welcome him home officially as European Champion.
“We will continue to clarify and update our sponsors and supporters as and when anything further develops.”
The club says Lambert is planning a trip home from Poland to visit sponsors when Covid restrictions in the UK allow.