Friday August 25, 2023
KING’S Lynn hero Robert Lambert paid tribute to the team effort after Thursday’s incredible victory over league leaders Belle Vue.

Lambert secured the result with a brilliant Heat 15 ride against Dan Bewley and Brady Kurtz, but the MacInnes Stars dug in together with both of their reserves outstanding.

Simon Lambert and Anders Rowe both notched 13+1 and there were other crucial points elsewhere after Emil Breum had been withdrawn.

And a modest Lambert says there was always the belief in the camp that they could pull off one of the shock results of the season.

Lambert said: “It was definitely a team performance today. Simon did exceptionally well, and all of us had a great morale in the team, and that brought everything a little bit closer.

“At the point of where we were leading the meeting, we really had that belief that we could finish it off.

“I had a great meeting as well, I was a bit nervous coming into the first heat as I hadn’t ridden on such a grippy track in four years, but after the first heat I was well away.”

Lambert dropped just one point in five rides, at the hands of Kurtz in Heat 13, but he turned the tables in incredible fashion in the decider.

He said: “I wasn’t too happy about the start that I made, but I felt I’d got four laps to make it happen.

“I managed to reel down Brady and I thought that would be enough – but I had pace in the bike and speed, so I was trying to get Dan and I managed to get past him, so it was definitely a great result for the team.”

The result also whets the appetite for the Stars’ final home match of the season, when local rivals Ipswich visit on Monday September 4.

The Witches are still chasing a place in the play-offs and Lynn could put a big dent in those plans with another win – with Lambert all set to go up against Emil Sayfutdinov and Jason Doyle.

He said: “It’s going to be exciting, they’ve got two good riders and we need to focus on them and make sure we get in front of them!

“But after tonight, beating the league leaders, then I think anything is possible.”

Lambert also had warm words for club owner Keith Chapman, who has battled on over the second half of the season in exceptionally trying circumstances and was rewarded with Thursday’s result

He added: “When I saw Buster jumping up and down after that Heat 15 and giving me a big hug, I think definitely the spark is lit again and the fire is burning in his belly!”

Next up for the Stars is a trip to Leicester on Bank Holiday Monday (8pm) and they also visit Sheffield next Thursday.

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