Panthers teenager rides for Great Britain

Robert Lambert rode for Great Britain in Denmark.

Robert Lambert rode for Great Britain in Denmark.

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Peterborough Panthers prospect Robert Lambert represented Great Britain in one of the biggest events on the speedway calendar last night (May 9) – little more than a month after celebrating his 17th birthday.

The teenage talent scored six points from as many rides in the final round of the Speedway Best Pairs championship in Esbjerg, Denmark.

Lambert had initially been set to act as reserve for the event, but both original British selections – former world champion Tai Woffinden and Craig Cook – dropped out.

Somewhat farcically Lambert ended up being partnered by an Australian, although Rory Schlein (a team-mate of his at Elite League side King’s Lynn) does ride on a British licence.

Schlein scored eight points to give Great Britain a total of 14 – good enough for fifth place out of seven.

Great Britain did not enter a team in the three-round series, but were invited to compete in the final round due to America being unable to raise a side.

Speedway Best Pairs final round result: Denmark 29pts, Poland 24, Russia 20, Sweden 16, Great Britain 14, Australia 13, Germany 10.