King's Lynn Stars skipper wants to end difficult season on high at British GP
Robert Lambert wants to end what for him has been a difficult season at the biggest night on the nation’s speedway calendar, tomorrow’s Adrian Flux British Grand Prix (5pm start).
The King’s Lynn Stars captain heads to Cardiff keen to make up for lost time after back and neck injuries have stalled his summer.
Following two FIM Speedway GP semi-final places at the start of this season, Lambert will be bidding to complete a hat-trick in the company of fellow Brits, triple world champion Tai Woffinden and wild card Charles Wright.
The SGP first reserve has been called up for the Principality Stadium race after American legend Greg Hancock withdrew.
Norwich-born Lambert said: “Obviously it’s Cardiff which is such a massive stadium and always full of fans.
“I’d say it’s pretty similar to the Grand Prix of Warsaw at the start of the season. I had a pretty good GP there.
“The tracks are similar – man-made tracks for one day.”
The British under-21 champion admits he has put too much pressure on himself this year and wants to be more relaxed at arguably the biggest single meeting of his 2019 campaign.
“It’s going to be more electric when they call out my name than when they did in Warsaw, with all the fans,” Lambert added.
“Hopefully we can do the business and finish the season a bit stronger than when I started.
“I can’t really put pressure on myself. That’s going to backfire, I find.
“I’ll just enjoy it, that’s how last season worked. This year I probably put too pressure on myself and it’s gone wrong. At the moment I’m in a bit of rut and I am trying to get myself out of it. We’re slowly doing it but hopefully we’ll be find a bit of form.”
The 21-year-old made his GP debut at the Principality Stadium in 2018 and was dogged with bad luck, including two exclusions and a bike failure at the start line.
“Last year the experience was good. I had a couple of bike issues and a fall,” he added.
“It didn’t help going out in my third ride and everyone else had three heats and had got their bikes set-up.”
His aim is to: “Score a few points and get into the semi-finals – that’s the first goal.
“Score as many points as I can and take it from there.
“You’ve seen some riders have been up and down. One small thing with the set-up makes a lot of difference.”
Lynn last night were due to host Poole in the Stars’ final meeting of the season.
Any Poole win would see them pip Swindon to top spot.
The team finishing top gets to choose from the second, third and fourth placed teams who they wish to race in the title-deciding play-off semi-finals.