Speedway - Panthers ace named in Britain’s squad for World Cup

Robert Lambert in action for Panthers.

Robert Lambert in action for Panthers.

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Panthers prodigy Robert Lambert is ready to take on the world.

The teenage sensation has been named in the provisional 10-man Great Britain squad for the World Cup – little more than a month after turning 17.

National chief Alun Rossiter will then select a four-man team for when GB take on Australia, America and Latvia in Event Two on Lambert’s home shale at King’s Lynn on June 8 with the winners advancing to the final at Danish venue Vojens five days later.

And ambitious youngster Lambert is eager to make the final cut after being unexpectedly thrust into the international spotlight last Saturday.

He was handed his senior GB debut in the final round of the Speedway Best Pairs competition after former world champion Tai Woffinden and Craig Cook both pulled out of the meeting.

Lambert said: “It is great just to be named in the Great Britain squad and it is a case of waiting to see what happens now.

“I’m really hoping I get a call in a few weeks to tell me I’ve made the final team. It would be a huge honour to race for my country in the World Cup.

“A lot of people talk about my age, but I know I am ready. I treat all meetings the same whether they are in the Premier League, the Elite League or big individual ones.

“It was great to represent my country last weekend in the Best Pairs. I thought I put in a pretty good performance and it was an awesome experience.”

Lambert, who had initially been set to act as the British reserve, scored six points from as many rides when helping GB to a fifth-placed finish in the final round of the Best Pairs.

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.

And, after both original riders dropped out, Lambert found himself being partnered by an Australian! His King’s Lynn team-mate Rory Schlein, who rides on a British licence, contributed eight points to a combined tally of 14.

Lambert has another big occasion on Wednesday when he lines up in the second British Championship semi-final on his home shale at King’s Lynn.

Namesake Simon Lambert is a reserve for the meeting at the Adrian Flux Arena when the top seven finishers will advance to the British Final at Wolverhampton on June 15.

Lewis Blackbird booked his place in the national showpiece by safely negotiating the first semi-final at Sheffield last Thursday.

Blackbird racked up 10 points at Owlerton Stadium after winning two races and also collecting two second places to ensure a rare last place in his second ride was not costly.

Great Britain squad: Tai Woffinden, Chris Harris, Craig Cook, Danny King, Robert Lambert, Richie Worrall, Kyle Howarth, Lewis Kerr, Richard Lawson, Kyle Newman.