King's Lynn's Robert Lambert becomes Britain's first Speedway European Championship winner
King's Lynn Stars ace Robert Lambert will be a Speedway Grand Prix rider in 2021 after securing the biggest win of his career.
The youngster was crowned Britain’s first ever winner of the Speedway European Championship after a dramatic final round in Torun, Poland.
Lambert, 22, saw off Grand Prix star Leon Madson to emerge as winner of the prestigious series.
Norfolk-born Lambert, who rides for the Stars in the SGB Premiership, will now be rewarded with a return to the Speedway Grand Prix series in 2021 to battle for the World Championship.
Lambert said: “It’s such an incredible feeling. A lot of work has gone in to getting into this position, and it was a hard meeting all the way through.
“It was close between the both of us but it was just that last race. All I needed to do was focus on the start and get out, and I managed to do that and get the beautiful trophy.
“I’m honoured to be European Champion, I’m so happy about it and maybe a bit later the feelings will sink in a bit deeper.
“Thanks to everyone who’s been helping me and supporting me throughout, and I hope I’m making the British fans very happy because they’ve got no speedway to go and watch at the moment.”
The 2018 British champion went into the final round two points clear of Madsen.
Lambert’s three race wins saw him join German star Kai Huckenbeck, who topped the heat scorechart on 12, in the final on countback.
Madsen won the semi convincingly ahead of Timo Lahti, Nicki Pedersen and Bartosz Smektala, but despite fighting his way past Lahti and Huckenbeck for second in the final, Lambert cleared off for a famous win in a race where the Brit knew the pressure was on.
The King’s Lynn star said: “Me and Madsen were on the same points on the night, so I knew I needed to go out and get the win.
“He was on fire all night and I have to give him his due – he pushed me all the way. I knew if I got across Kai, I could get to that fast line and if I didn’t make any mistakes, it would all be under control.”
Final standings (top three): 1 Robert Lambert 67, 2 Leon Madsen 64, 3 Grigorii Laguta 52.
Torun scores (top three): 1 Robert Lambert 14, 2 Leon Madsen 13, 3 Timo Lahti 11.
Semi-Final: Madsen, Lahti, Pedersen, Smektala; final: Lambert, Madsen, Lahti, Huckenbeck.