Robert Lambert says the Adrian Flux FIM British Grand Prix is the highlight of his season as he looks to finish 2019 on a high.
After making his Grand Prix debut at the Principality Stadium last term, the GB racer and King’s Lynn Stars captain is hoping he can right the wrongs from that meeting, which turned out to be a nightmare night in the Welsh capital.
Lambert said: “The experience in 2018 was good but I had a few bike issues and then I had a fall.
“It didn’t help going out for my third ride and everyone else had three heats and they had got the bike set-ups, which is always hard.
“Hopefully this year I can have a good start and score a few points getting into the semi-final, that’s the first goal.
“From there it starts afresh because you have got the semi-final and maybe a final.
“Cardiff is such a massive stadium and always full of fans. It is pretty similar to the Grand Prix in Warsaw at the beginning of the season. I had a pretty good time there so, hopefully, I can have similar in Cardiff as the tracks are fairly similar, being man made.
“I think it is going to be more electric than when they announced my name in Warsaw with all the British fans.
“Hopefully a lot of fans are going to cheer me on so I want to do some business and finish the season stronger than I started.
“I can’t really put any pressure on myself because it is going to backfire on me and I always find that. Riding without pressure is better as I go out and enjoy my racing.
“That is how last season worked. Probably this year I put too much pressure on myself and I sort of got into a bit of a rut.
“I have been trying to get myself out of it and I’m slowly doing it but hopefully I can finish the season a bit stronger than I started.
“It is a tough level you see some riders have been up and down in the Grands Prix this year and that is just because how close it is these days with speedway.
“If you have one small thing wrong with your set-up, that’s the difference between winning and coming last.”
World’s best riders face Welsh battle
All roads lead to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff tomorrow as the Welsh capital plays host to the Adrian Flux FIM British Grand Prix for the 19th straight year.
The world’s best riders go head-to-head to be crowned winner of British speedway’s showpiece event, when supporters of every club in Great Britain come together to support their GB stars.
Poultec Stars racer Robert Lambert will be looking to better his first appearance at his home Grand Prix in 2018; which was a night to forget for the Norwich-born rider with engine problems throughout the night.
Reigning world champion Tai Woffinden is certainly one of the riders supporters will be looking forward to see.
It is going to be a busy weekend for the Scunthorpe-born rider, though, as he is doing book signings for his new autobiography Tai Woffinden Raw Speed today and tomorrow, when he will be at The Revolution Bar, Cardiff, 9.30am.
British champion Charles Wright will be making his Grand Prix debut as the wildcard and will be wearing a one-off racesuit, which will be a raffle prize with all money raised going to the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund.
• Winner of the recent Your Local Paper/KLSSC competition for a ticket to watch the Poultec Stars was Adrian Street.
Patched-up Stars limping to finish line
A heavily depleted King’s Lynn Stars team suffered their first home league defeat of the Premiership campaign on Monday, reports Chris Milsom.
They went down 51-39 at the hands of play-off contenders the Swindon Robins. Already missing Thomas Jorgensen with a shoulder injury, the Poultec Stars’ fortunes were hit further with home track specialist Michael Palm-Toft picking up a back injury at his Championship club Redcar that left him hospitalised.
Even so, the meeting was nip and tuck with neither team able to take a stranglehold.
Lynn clearly missed Palm-Toft and Jorgensen and lost their way after the interval when the Robins took control, mainly thanks to former world champion Jason Doyle and ex-Stars rider Troy Batchelor.
Mechanical gremlins also hit Lynn. Craig Cook’s engine gave up on the last corner of the last lap of Heat 13 to gift the visitors a 5-1, followed by Erik Riss retiring from Heat 14 with bike issues when on a 5-1 with tactical substitute captain Robert Lambert.
The final race saw Riss retire again, giving the visitors another 5-1.
Team manager Peter Schroeck said: “I don’t want to use excuses but losing Thomas Jorgensen and then Michael Palm Toft left us up against it.
The Stars finished their season with a rearranged home fixture against the Poole Pirates at the Adrian Flux Arena last night.
A patched-up Stars side lost their final away match of the season, 58-32, at Poole last Thursday, missing Lambert, Palm Toft and Jorgensen.
Stars at Poole: Harris 8, Wirtzfeld 0, Riss 9, Jorgensen rider replacement, Cook 10, Kerr 4+1, Porsing 1.
Stars v Swindon: Lambert 14+1, Proctor 4, Riss 8, Jorgensen r/r, Cook 8, Kerr 5+2, Porsing 0.