The 2017 Trucks R Us King’s Lynn Stars line up for the Your Local Paper camera. Back, from left: Lewis Rose, Robert Lambert, Troy Batchelor, Chris Holder. Front: Nicklas Porsing, Kai Huckenbeck and Josh Bailey. Pictures: Paul Tibbs Photography.

SPEEDWAY: Norfolk-based Robert Lambert is looking forward to taking on greater responsibility ahead of the new SGB Premiership season.

The teen sensation is itching to get his Kevlars on and start racing for more than one reason this year. It was announced at the official press and practice on Wednesday that the Norfolk boy will be captain of the 2017 Trucks R Us King’s Lynn Stars.

“It’s a fresh start, fresh bikes, fresh race suits and I’m feeling fit and ready to go,” said Lambert, who is 19 on Wednesday, the day the Stars open their season at home to Somerset.

“I’m doing a lot of travelling this year so it’s nice to have a track that’s just an hour or so down the road from home.

“The fans always expect highly of me but I try to block it all out and let my results and riding do the talking.

“Hopefully I can start off where I finished last season and keep working hard with my fitness and the bikes and getting set-ups right. Hopefully my progression carries on.

“I’ve got a lot more responsibility now I’m captain; I’ll be looking after the riders and helping them out if they need anything and passing on vital information.”

Lambert thinks the Stars septet is a great one and is hoping for better luck with injuries.

“I think it’s the best line-up we’ve had since the first year I was here. We’ve been unlucky the last couple of years with injuries but narrowly missed out on winning the league a few years ago.

“Our first aim is to get in the play-offs and then take it on from there.”

Top winter signing Chris Holder revealed how he almost joined the Stars a decade ago.

The 2012 world champion gets his place in the Stars side after making the winter switch from Poole and is relishing the prospect of racing every week at the Adrian Flux Arena.

“I’m really excited about the whole thing,” he said. “It’s good to get an opportunity to keep racing in England.

“King’s Lynn is a place where I’ve done pretty well before, and I came quite close to signing in the Premier League in 2007.

“It’s a bit delayed but it’s nice to finally get a chance to race here and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“Lynn have been there or thereabouts the last few years, but they’ve always had a lot of injuries, so hopefully we can have some more luck this year.”

King’s Lynn Trucks R Us Stars 2017: Chris Holder 12.53, Robert Lambert 8.70, Troy Batchelor 7.36, Nicklas Porsing 6.99, Lewis Rose 5.97, Kai Huckenbeck 5.14, Josh Bailey 2.00.