King’s Lynn youngster Robert Lambert joined double world champion
Tai Woffinden in taking Great Britain to the Speedway of Nations Final this weekend.
TruPlant Stars captain Lambert was named as the u21 reserve by British boss Alun Rossiter for the knockout round in Manchester on Tuesday.
But he was called in to replace Cumbrian Craig Cook after one outing and played his part brilliantly to help his country qualify for the
two-day final in Wroclaw, Poland, today and tomorrow.
He immediately stormed to two heat wins with Woffinden shielding him in second when he got the nod from Rossiter.
Lambert says team work made all the difference for the Lions.
“Tai is a great team rider when it comes to things like this; he can really step his game up and I am also a good team rider myself. It worked out well in the end,” said a delighted Lambert.
The double British u21 champion says Cook and he were each given one race to impress and earn the right to join Woffinden in the remaining four heats.
Lambert revealed: “We went with the plan to use Craig in the first heat and me in the next one and see who was firing. I got a win so ‘Rosco’ put me in the next heat and we carried on.
‘You’ve got to do what’s best for the team on the day. We’re a three-man team and if someone is having a bad day, the other one can step in. It worked well in the end’
“I would have been the same if Craig was going well.
“You’ve got to do what’s best for the team on the day. We’re a three-man team and if someone is having a bad day, the other one can step in. It worked well in the end.”
Australia’s Norfolk-based world champion Jason Doyle admits his side had to graft hard for their spot in Wroclaw. But they’re determined to move on from their Manchester battles and fight for a medal this weekend.
He said: “We didn’t do it the easy way. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.
“We knew the Swedes, the Brits and the Czechs were going to be hard to beat.
“There were a few surprise packages with the Finns and Timo Lahti and Tero Aarnio being so quick around this track. There wasn’t one easy race where we knew we would go out and get a 5-1.
“We need to push forward now and forget about the Manchester meeting.
“Hopefully all the bad luck is away now. We start afresh on Friday and Saturday to go for the medals.
“We have a very good chance.”
Monster Energy Speedway of Nations
Race-off 2 (Manchester): Sweden 26 (Fredrik Lindgren 15, Antonio Lindback 11, Joel Kling DNR).
Great Britain 23 (Tai Woffinden 14, Craig Cook 1, Robert Lambert 8).
Australia 21 (Jason Doyle 14, Max Fricke 7, Jaimon Lidsey DNR).
Czech Republic 20 (Vaclav Milik 13, Josef Franc 7, Jan Kvech DNR).
France 14 (David Bellego 10, Dimitri Berge 4).
Finland 14 (Timo Lahti 7, Tero Aarnio 7).
Italy 8 (Nicolas Covatti 6, Paco Castagna 2).
Race-off 1 (Teterow, Germany): Russia 25, Germany 20, Denmark 18, Slovenia 17, USA 17, Ukraine 15, Latvia 14.
Final (Wroclaw, Poland):
Poland, Russia, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Great Britain, Australia.