Cool Robert Lambert ready for Speedway Grand Prix qualifier at King’s Lynn
Robert Lambert is remaining calm ahead of his first bid to try and reach the sport's biggest stage.
The King's Lynn Stars rider will be looking to shine at this evening's Grand Prix qualifier, one of four at this stage of the process, on his home track as he aims to continue his hopes of reaching next year's prestigious world championship series. It's a new challenge for the 18-year-old but he is taking it all in his stride as he looks to nab one of the seven places that are up for grabs at the Adrian Flux Arena to progress to the semi-finals.
The Foulsham teenager told SpeedwayGB.com: 'Obviously I'm still young, but my main objective is to be in the Grand Prix series 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.'
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There'll be plenty of support from the home crowd as the Stars' teenager looks to do the business on the Elite League track that he calls his own. But it won't be easy considering 15 other riders will be aiming to reach te semi-finals and then the GP Challenge – an event which will see the top three finishers land a 2017 place in the Grand Prix series.
Former GP stars Kenneth Bjerre – an ex-Lynn rider – Freddie Lindgren, Hans Andersen and Krzysztof Kasprzak will all be hoping to keep their ambitions of completing a return to the big time alive by securing their passage through the meeting at Saddlebow Road.
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Gabriel Dubernard (France), Kenneth Bjerre (Denmark), Freddie Lindgren (Sweden), Sam Masters (Australia), Craig Cook (Great Britain), Lasse Fredriksen (Norway), Matej Kus (Czech Republic), Jason Garrity (GB), Alexandre Dubrana (France), Ricky Wells (USA), Krzysztof Kasprzak (Poland), Hans Andersen (Denmark), Robert Lambert (GB), Bradley Wilson-Dean (New Zealand), Brady Kurtz (Australia), Joonas Kylmakorpi (Finland). Reserves: Lewis Kerr (GB), Lewis Bridger (GB)