King’s Lynn Stars’ Robert Lambert to kickstart quest to become British champion
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Robert Lambert will be looking to shine on home shale as he aims to end King's Lynn's four-year absence at the British final.
The Stars' teenage ace is among a 16-man line-up for the second semi-final of this year's competition to discover the best rider on our shores. And if he manages to finish in the top seven at the Adrian Flux Arena this evening Lambert will become the club's first slider since Olly Allen in 2011 to reach the showcase individual meeting.
Lambert is tipped by many to progress to the battle for glory at Wolverhampton's Monmore Green track on June 15. His team-mate Lewis Kerr, however, has today withdrawn after failing to recover from the injury which forced him out of Lynn's 50-40 win at Wolves on Monday.
Kerr, who also announced his wife is pregnant, said on Twitter: 'Devastated I have had to pull out of the British semi-final tonight. Drs (sic) found a small fracture on my hip, should be back on bike within a week.'
Among the star-studded line-up at Saddlebow Road this evening is also 2013 world champion Tai Woffinden. He will kickstart the defence of his British crown in what is his first appearance in the UK this season after dropping the Elite League from his packed schedule.
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Woffy told SpeedwayGB.Com: 'I'm looking forward to riding at King's Lynn again. It's a great track and my first priority is to finish in the top seven without any problems.
'Winning the British title is high on my agenda once again this year, it means a lot and I know how much it means to people winning it. It's been tough for me to arrange things to get to King's Lynn for a one-off meeting because I don't have bikes in England, but I'll be there and I will be giving it my very best.
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'I'm looking forward to riding in front of the British fans once again and I won't be taking anything for granted. There will be no complacency on my part.'
More than half of the initial 10-man GB World Cup Squad will be on show as will seven-time title-winner Scott Nicholls. Only three men have won the event while being employed by Lynn.
Dave Jessup was the last in 1980 and no other, since his bronze in 1984, have stood atop the podium.
Stars' owner Buster Chapman added: 'We have two of our own riders taking part and with a host of British talent, it promises to be a great meeting with lots of action on show.'
Each rider will have five outings with the top septet of points scorers qualifying for the final after 20 races have been completed. There they will be joined by the seven qualifiers, which didn't include Lynn's Ashley Morris, from the first semi-final at Sheffield earlier in the month plus two selected wildcards.
For live updates from the meeting, which starts at 7.30pm, visit www.edp24.co.uk/sport
Line-up: 1 Robert Lambert (King's Lynn/Peterborough), 2 James Wright (Unattached), 3 Adam Roynon (Redcar), 4 Craig Cook (Belle Vue/Edinburgh), 5 Stefan Nielsen (Belle Vue/Ipswich), 6 Lewis Rose (Swindon/Newcastle), 7 Steve Worrall (Belle Vue/Newcastle), 8 Danny King (Coventry/Ipswich), 9 Tai Woffinden (Unattached), 10 Kyle Howarth (Swindon/Workington), 11 Carl Wilkinson (Scunthorpe), 12 Kyle Newman (Poole/Plymouth), 13 Simon Lambert (Leicester/Peterborough), 14 Scott Nicholls (Belle Vue), 15 Leigh Lanham (Somerset), 16 Charles Wright (Swindon/Somerset). Reserves: Scott Campos (King's Lynn Young Stars), Ryan Kinsley (King's Lynn Young Stars)