Teenage talent Robert Lambert is the Peterborough Panthers representative in the big Premier League Riders’ Championship.
Lambert, who takes over as Readypower Panthers number one for August, lines up in a high-class field at Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield on Sunday, September 6.
The meeting features the top rider from all 13 second tier clubs, fitness permitting, along with the three riders with the highest averages not already involved.
And promoter Ged Rathbone reckons Lambert is capable of providing the club with a second successive PLRC podium finish after skipper Ulrich Ostergaard’s third place in 2014.
Rathbone said: “There is no doubt Robert is capable of putting on a great show at Sheffield.
“He has proven his class at Premier League, Elite League and international levels already this year.
“It would be great for the club to have another rider on the podium after Ulrich did so well 12 months ago.”
Lambert was a late withdrawal from the Peterborough quartet for the Premier League Fours meeting at the East of England Showground on Sunday, which was abandoned following the awful crash which left Newcastle rider Lewis Kerr in an induced coma.
Lambert complained of a shoulder injury picked up when loading his bikes into his van after completing a successful Saturday night guest booking for Premier League rivals Rye House and received treatment from Panthers’ sports therapist, Lauren Wood, on Sunday.
Rathbone added: “We are one of the only clubs in the country to be lucky enough to have a sports therapist to work with our riders and Lauren is a real asset.
“Robert had not chosen to take advantage of this previously, but on Sunday he did have treatment while at the Showground. Follow-up treatment was also offered along with guidance on shoulder injuries being given.
“We will do our utmost as a club to ensure Robert gets back to full fitness but, as with any rider, we want him to take the time he needs before returning when feeling ready.”
Panthers return to action on Friday with a trip to table-topping Edinburgh before welcoming the Monarchs to the East of England Showground on Sunday (5pm).
Premier League Riders’ Championship draw: 1 Robert Lambert (Peterborough), 2 Richard Lawson (Glasgow), 3 Nick Morris (Glasgow), 4 Danny King (Ipswich), 5 Steve Worrall (Newcastle), 6 Craig Cook (Edinburgh), 7 Ricky Wells (Workington), 8 Sam Masters (Edinburgh), 9 Matej Kus (Redcar), 10 Thomas Jorgensen (Berwick), 11 Brady Kurtz (Somerset), 12 Jason Garrity (Sheffield), 13 Josh Grajczonek (Somerset), 14 Ryan Douglas (Scunthorpe), 15 Kyle Newman (Plymouth), 16 Edward Kennett (Rye House).