LAMBERT RETAINS U21 TITLE

Tuesday May 01, 2018
RED-HOT Robert Lambert vowed “now for world glory” after roaring to an impeccable six race wins to retain the British Under-21 title.

The Great Britain ace was unstoppable at Shielfield Park, Berwick, on Tuesday night winning the final from Connor Mountain and Nathan Greaves.

Lambert, 20, breezed through the qualification heats and never looked like being halted in his charge to the title.

Now the King’s Lynn star has his sights set on World Under-21 glory. He revealed: “We started off good and strong and it was flawless, made six great starts and couldn’t ask for much more. I didn’t make a mistake on the track.

“I’m obviously over the moon and it’s something else to add to my CV.

“The World Under-21 is now on the cards. Last year I didn’t do as well as I expected. This year is obviously when I want to get on the rostrum like I did the first season.

“We’ve got a lot of big international meetings coming up and GP qualifiers. Obviously with GB it would be great to be part of it the League of Nations, it would be an awesome experience.

“To be fair the Grand Prix I think is a couple of years off for me. I’ve got a lot of hard work ahead and I’m not ready financially to race in the GPs.

“But I’ll be gunning for the European Under-21s and World Under-21 and hopefully win some more medals.”

Lambert’s chief rival on the night was always going to be the equally impressive Dan Bewley. But when the two unbeaten wonderkids met in Heat 15, the King’s Lynn ace comfortably negotiated the threat.

While those two cruised directly into the final, as right royal battle emerged for the semi-final places. Alfie Bowtell and Greaves were also stacking up points with ease while Mountain was consistent with five second places.

Glasgow’s Jack Thomas nailed down the final place when involved in a huge crash with Zach Wajtknecht - with the latter excluded. Despite a painful back, Thomas carried on to make the semi-final.

It was heartache for Bowtell as he slid off, smashing into the fourth bend fence and in the re-run it was all Mountain and Greaves.

Equally, the final was comfortable for Lambert. He made another blistering start and was away with, perhaps, the big surprise was Bewley left stranded at the back.

But it was Lambert’s night, as he rightly put it, he was “flawless”.

BRITISH UNDER-21 FINAL, Berwick
QUALIFYING SCORES: Robert Lambert 15, Dan Bewley 14, Alfie Bowtell 12, Nathan Greaves 12, Connor Mountain 10, Jack Thomas 9, Jack Smith 8, Luke Ruddick 7, Zach Wajtknecht 7, Josh Bailey 6, Max Clegg 5, Kyle Bickley 5, Drew Kemp 5, Joe Lawlor 2, Taylor Hampshire 2, Leon Flint 1 (res), Jason Edwards 0.
SEMI-FINAL: Mountain, Greaves, Thomas, Bowtell (f.exc).
FINAL: Lambert, Mountain, Greaves, Bewley.

Picture: COLIN POOLE





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