Robert Lambert has moved to apologise to King’s Lynn fans after a delayed flight from Latvia cost him the chance to race on Monday.
The brilliant Norfolk youngster could only sit and wait at Riga airport as his flight back to the East Midlands was put further back.
He was then forced to admit defeat in making it back from his meeting in Daugavpils to race for the Tru Plant Stars at Leicester in the first leg of the Knockout Cup at Leicester Lions.
Said Lambert: “I’d like to apologise to all the King’s Lynn supporters for missing the meeting.
“My flight was delayed until 7.30pm and there was no way I was ever going to get to the track.
“We spent all day looking at alternatives to try and get earlier flights, but this was just not possible.
‘We spent all day looking at alternatives to try and get earlier flights, but this was just not possible’
“It’s something I’m very disappointed about but this was completely out of my hands.”
Lambert was at his best when it mattered most for his Polish club Lublin in their meeting at Daugavpils.
They needed a maximum 5-1 in the last race to notch the win – and he duly delivered.
He said: “I wasn’t at my best at the start of the meeting but I got better as the day went on.
“I made a good start to get the 5-1 in the last race which was nice – you have to start well to win races on that track.
“Now I’m happy for the team and I’m looking forward to meetings with them.”
Lambert was forced to miss the midweek Premiership Riders’ Championship at Poole due to a clash with a fixture in Denmark which took priority under the international agreement.
Stars were represented by Niels-Kristian Iversen and Ty Proctor.
But he will be back in Stars colours next Wednesday at the Adrian Flux Arena when they face Leicester in the return leg of the cup tie.
And he’s determined to make up for lost time in that one.
“I’ll be giving it everything I’ve got,” he said.
“I couldn’t ride in the first leg so I’m determined to do my job for the team next week and see us through to the semi-finals.”