Plea to help a rising Star: Teenage ace Robert Lambert needs sponsors to support his speedway talent
PUBLISHED: 11:27 07 June 2013 | UPDATED: 11:27 07 June 2013
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The Norfolk teenager tipped to be a future world speedway champion could see his career grind to a halt - unless he gains more sponsors.
Robert Lambert, aged just 15, enjoyed a sensational debut for King’s Lynn Young Stars this week when he won five of his six races. However, he has already enjoyed huge success in Germany where has been forced to ride for the last year or so due to the sport’s rules in England.
It has left the Foulsham-based star’s parents Helen and Paul funding his drive to gain vital race experience on the continent. And now they’re hoping businesses can step in to help their son continue to live his dream of becoming a world champion like Michael Lee – one of Lynn’s all time greats who lifted the crown in 1980.
“People don’t realise how expensive things are. Meetings probably cost £250 when you bring together tyres, fuel, oil, travel costs and wear and tear,” said Mrs Lambert.
“Having to ride abroad means we’ve spent even more on travelling and accommodation costs. We’ve spent a considerably amount on machinery and we can only fund so much.
"People have said he’s a possible future world champion and it would be devastating if he had to give up for financial reasons."
“I know how difficult the financial climate is in this country. But people have said he’s a possible future world champion and it would be devastating if he had to give up for financial reasons.”
The Reepham High School pupil would have had to wait until he was 15 to gain his 500cc, a speedway bike’s engine size, licence in Britain. So he obtained one a year earlier in Germany.
He has been competing in adult individual meetings there since and finished runner-up in Under-21 championship under the watchful eye of his manager and German team boss Rene Schafer.
Lambert has already beaten Elite League riders, who compete two levels higher than the National League Young Stars, such as Martin Smolinski, Eddie Kennett and Lynn first team’s Rory Schlein.
But until Wednesday he has been restricted to just practice laps at the Norfolk Arena. And they paid off when he bagged 15-points in Lynn’s 53-42 win over Buxton. It was the first night Lambert has been paid for his meeting’s score.
Mrs Lambert, who runs a building construction firm with her husband, said: “He takes it all in his stride. He says: ‘I’m a speedway rider, that’s what I do’ and he just enjoys himself. We, and all the family, are so proud of him.”
Young Stars boss Dale Allitt has likened the Brit’s potential to that of ex-Lynn ace Darcy Ward – now one of speedway’s biggest names – at the same age.
Lambert will continue to ride for the Young Stars, when possible, this season and is already attracting attention from top-tier Danish club Holstead.
However, the Norwich-born ace is unable to be signed by, or ride for, a Premier or Elite League club until he turns 16 next April.
- Contact Helen on 07780733251 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to help Robert.