Monday October 01, 2018
BRITISH champion and Norfolk's own Robert Lambert leads the charge to create more history for King’s Lynn in tonight's play-off semi-final second leg against Belle Vue (7.30).

The Tru Plant Stars have already set new standards in the SGB Premiership, topping the end-of-season standings for the first time during number-one Lambert's own groundbreaking campaign.

Having won 49-41 at Belle Vue last week, Dale Allitt’s men require 42 points to secure a maiden appearance in the top-flight’s championship decider.

It marks an amazing turnaround from a troubled 2017 when King’s Lynn became embroiled in a late battle to avoid a relegation play-off with 21-year-old favourite Lambert key to the success.

The European number three has finished just six top-tier races out of 145 without score in 2018, collecting 81 chequered flags en route to a 9.32 average across the campaign – second only to world champion Jason Doyle.

And now Lambert wants to add team silverware to his glittering array of personal honours.

“It would be incredible to pull it off for the club and the whole area, and on a personal front too,” said Lambert.

“It is something King’s Lynn has not done in the top league, being local I know it would make a lot of people very happy and that’s the aim.

“I remember being here when we won the old Premier League. I held the trophy and that feeling was amazing.

“I have always been around King’s Lynn, it is my home club and I have always been proud to ride for them.

“It is crazy how the tables turn from watching meetings back then to being in the team and racing at this high level."

Stars promoter Keith ‘Buster’ Chapman is just as happy with the dramatic upturn in fortunes and dedicated the good times to the club’s supporters.

“I want to say how proud I am to see smiles back on the faces of the people supporting King’s Lynn Speedway,” said Chapman.

“This time last year it was all over for us but I was already plotting our next season and working out a strategy to get this great club back where it belongs.

“It has been important for me to see people come back, people who turned their back on us last season plus new fans enjoying the sport.

“That is every bit as rewarding as a win for the team and whatever the result tonight that will be a highlight of the season for me.

“Naturally, I would love to go on to win the league and cup double. That would be some achievement.

“However, we have Belle Vue to deal with tonight and Somerset in the Knockout Cup final. We will be taking nothing for granted.”

The Stars head into the clash with a full one to seven against the injury-hit Aces.

Swindon’s Tobiasz Musielak rides at number five for Belle Vue in place of Dan Bewley with rider replacement in operation for Craig Cook at number two. Coty Garcia stands in for the absent Mark Riss at number seven.

*TO read the full interview with Robert Lambert, plus a straight-talking insight from reserve Simon Lambert, pick up a copy of the club's official programme.

Packed with content, it is a bargain at £3 and will be your permanent souvenir of an historic night for King's Lynn Speedway.

KING'S LYNN: Robert Lambert, Erik Riss, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Michael Palm Toft, Simon Lambert. Team manager: Dale Allitt

BELLE VUE: Max Fricke, R/R for Craig Cook, Steve Worrall, Rohan Tungate, Tobiasz Musielak, Dimitri Berge, Coty Garcia.

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