Robert Lambert has become Britain’s first ever winner of the Speedway European Championship after a dramatic final round in Torun, Poland.
Lambert, 22, saw off Grand Prix star Leon Madson to emerge as winner of the prestigious series and claim the biggest victory of his career so far.
The Norfolk-born star, who rides for the King’s Lynn Stars in the SGB Premiership, will now be rewarded with a return to the Speedway Grand Prix series in 2021 to battle for the World Championship.
Lambert, the 2018 British champion, went into the final round two points clear of Madsen and maintained his advantage until the final race, where he held his nerve to storm clear and claim victory on the night as well as taking the overall title.
Long tipped as a rising star of British speedway, Lambert endured a tough time in 2019 as he finished 15th in the World Championship during his first year as a Grand Prix regular.
He dropped out of the series this season but travelled to Poland to ride for ROW Rybnik, where he has been a star performer in a struggling team at the highest level of domestic action in the world.
With Britain’s professional leagues now scrapped for 2020 due to restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Lambert is reaping the rewards of being one of the few Brits still riding regularly on the continent.
He will now return to the World Championship picture in 2021 with high hopes after establishing himself amongst the world’s top riders so far this season.
Lambert is set to join three-time world champion Tai Woffinden as the second British rider in the Grand Prix series.
Woffinden endured his worst season since returning to the series in 2013 last year but will look to be back in title contention in a delayed and revised World Championship campaign later this year.
The 2013, 2015 and 2018 world champion will kick-off an eight-round series at his Polish home track, Wroclaw, on August 28 before the season concludes in Torun on October 3.
In the meantime, Woffinden and Lambert will be considered amongst the early favourites for Great Britain in the Speedway of Nations, which is slated to go ahead on October 24 at Belle Vue, Manchester.