Norfolk speedway star Robert Lambert is among those aiming to mix it with the Grand Prix big boys going into tomorrow’s FIM SGP qualifying round at Lynn.
The King’s Lynn Stars favourite is relishing his opportunity in the World Championship qualifying round at the Adrian Flux Arena.
Lambert, 18, has Grand Prix aspirations and is one of three British riders to be taking part in the meeting, from which the top seven will proceed into the semi-finals.
He said: “Obviously I’m still young, but my main objective is to be in the Grand Prix one day and I’m glad to take that next step by entering the qualifiers.
“I’m not putting any pressure on myself this year, I just want to find my feet and see where I’m at right now.
“It’s going to be a tough meeting, but I’ll be giving it my best shot to try and finish in the top seven. If I can make it through that would be great, but if not I’ve got plenty of years ahead of me.”
Lynn promoter and British Speedway chief Keith Chapman is urging fans across the country to make a full day of the trip to Norfolk for the FIM Speedway Grand Prix Saturday qualifying round.
A world-class line-up of riders will do battle to get through to the semi-final stages at the Adrian Flux Arena – and the weather forecast is for a dry, sunny day!
Chapman said: “We are blessed in this part of the world, I would urge fans from everywhere to come and make a day of it, or even a weekend!
“It’s a huge meeting for King’s Lynn as a club with some fabulous riders – but it’s also an opportunity for fans to enjoy the historic town of King’s Lynn, plus we’re not far away from Sandringham and Wisbech, well worth a visit.
“In King’s Lynn there are lovely views by the quay, cafes, bars and restaurants, it has all the ingredients for a perfect day out followed by a terrific night of speedway.
“Fans will be made more than welcome on Saturday night, I’m expecting a great atmosphere and I firmly believe the action will be fast and furious.”
Chapman added: “I think it’ll be an exceptional meeting and we’re looking forward to it. It will be tough for Robert. There’ll be some top riders in there, but I’m quite sure he’ll make it.
“We’ve done a lot of work on the track today in preparation for it and we’ll work on it all day tomorrow and Friday.
“We have to check and re-check everything to make sure it’s up to standard.”
Home favourite Lambert will be backed by a bumper crowd against the likes of former GP stars Kenneth Bjerre, Freddie Lindgren, Hans Andersen and Krzysztof Kasprzak – all looking to secure their place back in the big time in 2017.
Admission is £20 adults, £15 concessions, £5 juniors and Under 5s go free. A special 56-page full colour souvenir programme with a gloss cover and bond racecard will also be available for £4. The action starts at 7.30pm.
l Lynn’s British semi-final riders’ dates have been revealed: Robert Lambert goes to Scunthorpe on Friday, May 13, while Lewis Rose is at Glasgow on Sunday, May 15. Lambert has been named in the World Under-21 Qualifying Leg 3 at Belle Vue on Saturday, May 21.