Joy and pain for King’s Lynn Stars’ teenage sensation Robert Lambert

Robert Lambert, one of Britain's top young riders. Picture: IAN BURT

Robert Lambert, one of Britain's top young riders. Picture: IAN BURT

King's Lynn sensation Robert Lambert has endured a range of Speedway World Championship emotions over the past few days.

The Stars' talented teenager was celebrating when he discovered his Grand Prix (world championship) dreams were still alive after he was handed a wildcard for the qualifying semi-final in Lonigo on July 2.

The 18-year-old, from Foulsham, failed to progress from his initial 2017 qualifier at his home Lynn track. Mechanical problems hampered his bid on the night but he's been given a lifeline and still has a chance of reaching the all-important final (GP Challenge) on September 3.

Lambert will compete against 15 other riders in the semi with the top seven from that round and another septet from a meeting in Gorican – a line-up which includes Lynn's Kai Huckenbeck – making the GP Challenge alongside one FIM pick and a selected home nation rider from Sweden.

Lambert's luck ran out on Saturday night though as his bid to reach the world under-21 final was hampered by the weather. The Norfolk ace was one of several fancied riders who finished outside of the top four at Belle Vue during a rain-affected meeting that was abandoned after only 12 races.

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Fellow Brits Josh Bates and Adam Ellis progressed from their qualifiers to reach the three-round series final, which begins at Lynn on Saturday June 18.

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