Alun Rossiter aiming to replicate his Great Britain debut triumph at World Cup event in King’s Lynn

Another bumper crowd, like this one last year, is expected at the Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow. Pictur

Another bumper crowd, like this one last year, is expected at the Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

Fans are gearing up for the now annual visit of the Speedway World Cup to England. GAVIN CANEY previews tomorrow's event two at King's Lynn.

Union Jack flags will be waving once more. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Union Jack flags will be waving once more. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

The grin across his beaming face said it all.

No, not Greg Hancock – the man who earned a nickname thanks to his habit of smiling so often. This time the facial expression belonged to Great Britain boss Alun Rossiter.

Rosco had just watched his Lions stun Australia, USA and, less surprisingly, Italy on his international managerial debut to reach their first World Cup final since 2010. And tomorrow he'll take his GB team back to King's Lynn where they'll aim to do the same by attempting to seal immediate qualification for the showcase by winning another meeting at the Adrian Flux Arena.

Rossiter, also the manager of Elite League Swindon, said: 'It was nice and warm. The track was perfect. What stuck out for me was Simon Stead's heat one, coming out and winning it. I just think that set the tone up for the whole night really.

Alun Rossiter, middle, celebrates Great Britain's 2014 'semi-final' success at King's Lynn. Picture:

Alun Rossiter, middle, celebrates Great Britain's 2014 'semi-final' success at King's Lynn. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

'Expectations are a little bit higher this time. You've got to go with some pressure at some stage though. You can't be the underdogs all the time. We have the potential of winning it (the meeting) for sure, definitely. Once you go in for the first time and go straight through to the final, I expect people will be expecting the same again really. It's never quite that easy is it? Because the real goal is to miss that dreaded race-off.'

An expected 5,000 Union Flag-waving fans will cram the Saddlebow Road stadium – hosting a 'semi-final' for the sixth year in a row – to try and cheer their heroes on to glory. The victors from the four-team meeting will progress straight to Saturday's final alongside holders, and hosts, Denmark and Sweden – the winners of Saturday's event one.

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Countries that finish second and third will join their corresponding sides (Poland and Russia) from the weekend's action in Poland during a last-chance saloon 'race-off' on Thursday to fill the fourth slot at the battle for medals.

World champion Greg Hancock, 45, will spearhead the Americans' charge while 2012's best rider on the planet Chris Holder is the Aussies' star turn. GB can also lay claim to their own man who has stood on top of the world – Tai Woffinden.

A panoramic view of the then-called Norfolk Arena - now known as the Adrian Flux Arena. Picture: MAT

A panoramic view of the then-called Norfolk Arena - now known as the Adrian Flux Arena. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

'If you can't draw off the ex-world champion (2013) – and also the current championship leader – then you're in a poor state of affairs,' said Rosco.

'We're quick to build up our guys. For some strange reason we like to batter them down again. The worrying thing is I haven't actually had too many moans about my team. I've had certain people telling me; 'He should have been in, he should have been in' but all in all, it seems to have been taken in a positive way – which is refreshing for once. Speedway's full of negativity. It seems to thrive on it, sadly.'

The selection of King's Lynn Stars' Robert Lambert – who will be making his World Cup debut on home shale – has delighted many. But the man who picked him is keen to keep a lid on fans' excitement about the 17-year-old's inclusion.

'Robert Lambert is there on merit. He races the track every week so it's not going to be a shock for him,' added Rossiter of the startlet who is fit and raring to go – despite a big crash at Poole in front of the Sky Sports' cameras on Wednesday – after coming through a meeting in Germany 24 hours later.

There'll be plenty of patriosm on show in King's Lynn tomorrow. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

There'll be plenty of patriosm on show in King's Lynn tomorrow. Picture: MATTHEW USHER - Credit: Matthew Usher

'There's going to be a lot of media hype around him because of his age and with him coming through the ranks. I'm hoping we make sure he's protected. I just want him to go out and race his bike. I don't want people pulling and dragging him from pillar to post so our team will be making sure that he's looked after and will keep an eye on him so he can focus on the job at hand.'

King planning to ensure Britons reign in push for place in final

Danny King is no stranger to the World Cup, writes Mike Bacon.

Indeed the 28-year-old Coventry and Ipswich rider makes his third appearance in the competition for Great Britain when they take to the track at King's Lynn on Monday, hoping his country can push on not just into the final, but onto the rostrum.

King has been in consistent form in 2015 and it came as no surprise to the Bees and Witches fans who have watched him race this season that he is in Alun Rossiter's final four.

After a fragmented 2014 that saw the Maidstone-born rider left without a club after Elite League Birmingham folded, he was quick to get himself sorted for 2015 and he has fallen on his feet.

'Being with Ipswich and Coventry has been good for me this year,' he said. 'My form has been consistent this season, but it's only because I'm riding regularly. Was it a surprise to me to be in Rosco's final four at Lynn? Not really, my scores have been speaking for themselves.

'I'm very much like that. I haven't worried about being in the British team, I've just got on with my job with Ipswich and Coventry and that's been good enough.'

King is an amiable character in a Great Britain team which is sure to have good team spirit throughout.

Not only is 2013 world champion Tai Woffinden back in England racing for his country (he currently doesn't ride in the British Elite League), but the exciting Robert Lambert is a rider King feels could be crucial to Britain's hopes of glory.

'It's Robert's home track and although most riders like racing at King's Lynn, he could be a trump card for us,' King said.

'Robert has come on leaps and bounds and hopefully we can not just get to the final, but do something when we are there.'

King knows the Australians will be Great Britain's biggest threat, but is hoping the home crowd will lift the team, as they did 12 months ago.

'Having our leg at home, especially at Lynn, is a big plus for us,' he said. 'We want to win and win well – the race-off can be so tough and we really don't want to have to go into that.'

King scored 11 points as Great Britain triumphed at Lynn last season. He also enjoyed an excellent meeting at the Norfolk track in the recent British semi-final where he came second to Scott Nicholls.

King won't lack support, with plenty of Witches and Bees fans set to descend on Lynn.

'The fans of both clubs have been great to me this season and I've received terrific support,' he added.

'Now it is about Great Britain – and I can't wait to get started.

Teams

Great Britain (red helmet): 1 Chris Harris, 2 Danny King, 3 Tai Woffinden, 4 Robert Lambert. Team boss: Alun Rossiter

USA (blue): 1 Greg Hancock, 2 Gino Manzares, 3 Ryan Fisher, 4 Max Ruml. Team boss: Billy Hamill

Australia (white): 1 Chris Holder, 2 Nick Morris, 3 Troy Batchelor, 4 Jason Doyle. Team boss: Mark Lemon

Latvia (yellow): 1 Maksims Bogdanovs, 2 Andzejs Lebedevs, 3 Kasts Puodzuks, 4 Jevgenijs Kotigovs

LISTEN: Hear the West Norfolk Sports Podcast Speedway World Cup special (episode 64), which includes the full interview with Rosco, at www.edp24.co.uk/wnsp