SPEEDWAY: Victory in the final round of the series secured Robert Lambert the biggest success of his career.
The King’s Lynn Stars No.1 was crowned European Champion in Poland on Wednesday, earning a place in next year’s prestigious Speedway Grand Prix.
Leading by two points going into the final round in Toruń, Lambert knew that all he had to do was match the efforts of the reigning champion Leon Madsen to secure the title.
He did more than that, winning on the night to make it two series wins on the bounce.
“It’s incredible,” said Lambert. “It’s unbelievable. It has been a long road getting here. I am just so happy. All the people who were watching at home in Britain, where there’s no racing, are so happy for me, especially my parents. It’s awesome.
“It has taken a lot to get into this position. It was tough, but this feels so good.”
Lambert set his stall out in the opening heat of the night, winning ahead of Madsen.
However, a succession of third places saw the pendulum swing in Madsen’s favour but Lambert regained his composure and rattled off back-to-back wins in heats 15 and 19 to end the qualifying heats on 11 points to secure a place in the final.
Madsen also qualified, winning the last-chance
Former Stars rider Kai Huckenbeck topped the points charts on 12 but the final was all about Lambert, who roared away from the start to get ahead at the first corner. That was that as he held his nerve to claim the overall crown.
“To have two third places and then be able to bounce back like that was incredible,” said Lambert. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that last year. It just shows how I have progressed. It’s such an incredible feeling. I am so proud.
“Madsen was on fire all night and I have to give him his due – he pushed me all the way.”
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