Lambert out as Panthers make plans for a hectic period

Robert Lambert will miss three key Panthers meetings. Photo: David Lowndes.
Robert Lambert will miss three key Panthers meetings. Photo: David Lowndes.
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Peterborough Panthers will be without top talent Robert Lambert for three meetings in the space of four days.

The 17 year-old sensation misses their Premier League opener at Redcar on Thursday night (April 23), a trip to Somerset for their Premier League Cup Southern Group finale on Friday (April 24) and a home league tussle against Rye House at the East of England Showground on Sunday (April 26).

Lambert has commitments with his Elite League club, King’s Lynn, who have a fixture at Swindon on Thursday night and are then involved in the second staging of the FIM World Speedway League at the weekend.

Club bosses have drafted in former Panther man Claus Vissing to replace Lambert at Redcar and Somerset.

Richard Lawson will fill the number one spot in place of injured Olly Allen at Redcar and at home to Rye House with another popular former Panther, Kenneth Hansen, stepping into that role at Somerset.

Panthers have also booked rising Australian star Brady Kurtz of Somerset to replace Lambert in the home fixture against Rye House on Sunday.

The only void they have to fill is to cover the absence of middle-order man Lewis Blackbird at Somerset.

He has an engagement for his Elite League side, Wolverhampton, that night.

Frenchman David Bellego had agreed to fill in, but he has since suffered a fractured hip in a crash with his Sheffield team-mate Simon Stead at the weekend.

A high number of meetings on Friday means very few riders are available to guest and Panthers may be forced to operate the rider replacement facility.