Panthers star Robert Lambert has continued his meteoric rise by winning a place in the Great Britain team for the World Cup.
The 17 year-old sensation declared himself ‘over the moon’ to make the final four-man side for Event Two at the Adrian Flux Arena in King’s Lynn on June 8.
Lambert will join former world champion Tai Woffinden, long-time GP star Chris Harris and Huntingdon racer Danny King as Great Britain take on Australia, America and Latvia with only the winners advancing to the final at Danish track Vojens five days later. The teams finishing second and third go into the Race-Off, also at Vojens, on June 11 along with two nations from Event One.
Lambert, who races for King’s Lynn in the Elite League, said: “I’m very grateful to have this opportunity.
“It was great just to be included in the provisional 10-man GB squad and to make the team is a another step up the ladder for me.
“I always believe in my ability as I rider and I feel I’m ready for it. People will expect me to do well as Lynn is my home track, but I’m not going to put myself under any pressure.
“I just want to do everything I can to help us win the meeting and make it through to the final.”
Lambert’s selection comes only weeks after he was handed his senior international debut when representing Great Britain in the final round of the Speedway Best Pairs.
GB boss Alun Rossiter said: “Robert is included in the team on merit.
“He is having a very good season and showed everyone how competitive he can be at the top level in the Best Pairs recently - and he also showed he has no fear.”
Event Two teams
GREAT BRITAIN: 1 Chris Harris, 2 Danny King, 3 Tai Woffinden (captain), 4 Robert Lambert. Team Manager: Alun Rossiter.
UNITED STATES: 1 Greg Hancock (captain), 2 Gino Manzares, 3 Ryan Fisher, 4 Max Ruml. Team Manager: Billy Hamill.
AUSTRALIA : 1 Chris Holder (captain), 2 Nick Morris, 3 Troy Batchelor, 4 Jason Doyle. Team Manager: Mark Lemon.
LATVIA: 1 Maksims Bogdanovs, 2 Andzejs Lebedevs, 3 Kasts Puodzuks, 4 Jevgenijs Kostigovs. Team Manager: Vladimirs Ribnikovs.