A Star was born at King’s Lynn’s Saddlebow Road stadium on Thursday evening as 16-year old Robert Lambert, the Norfolk outfit’s emerging talent celebrated a maiden five ride paid maximum against the visiting Eastbourne ‘Lifestyle’ Eagles.
In other news, the Sussex side’s hopes of picking up points on the road once again failed to bear fruit as they found themselves comprehensively beaten at the home of runaway Elite League leaders.
The host side continuing their unparalleled dominance of proceedings so far in Season 2014 courtesy of a comprehensive 60-32 victory, writes Kevin Ling.
Lambert wowed the audience, remaining unbeaten by an opponent throughout the contest.
Hhis final two rides, the last two heats of proceedings seeing him come from the back to defeat Cameron Woodward and Bjarne Pedersen in, wholly impressively, the nominated riders race to complete his 13-point, paid 15 tally.
Lambert was in good company however, a rampant King’s Lynn performance seeing Niels-Kristian Iversen also unheaded by an Eagle while Lambert’s namesake Simon, guesting in the reserve berth also put in a shift with a fine 8-point paid 11 return.
In reply, a trio of race wins, back to back in heats 2 and 3 from Kyle Newman and Mikkel Michelsen, then Woodward in race seven, together with a solitary heat advantage, a 5-3 as the tactical ride facility came into play in the tenth was as much as Eastbourne could muster to raise a cheer from their supporters.
Only two-points separated the sides after three races but the Stars soon went into overdrive with 5-1s becoming the norm as the meeting continued to unfold.
The match commenced on a winning note for the Stars, Iversen getting the drop on fellow countryman Pedersen from the off, Timo Lahti trading places with home guest Josh Auty and looking to have his measure until machinery gremlins played a part and the Finn dropped out of contention.
Newman, guesting in place of Lewis Blackbird, put points on the board for the Sussex side as he led the field throughout heat two; Danny Halsey’s late burst to get on terms with the Lynn duo just failing to bear fruit, ensuring that the two point disparity, now 7-5, remained in place.
That was much the story of the third. Michelsen producing a stunning win ahead of experienced home pair Kenneth Bjerre and Rory Schlein.
However the hosts would go ahead in heat four with a degree of style: the youthful Lambert duo, Robert and Simon combining to outpace Lahti for the night’s first 5-1, one that set the scores at 15-9.
Indeed that sparked something of a slide for the Sussex side, King’s Lynn doing likewise in the fifth as Bjerre and Iversen put both Joonas Kylmakorpi and skipper Woodward to the sword and suddenly the Stars were 10-points to the good, the scores moving to 20-10.
The misfortune continued apace as Pedersen donned the black and white helmet signifying a tactical ride. Schlein went straight to the front out of the tapes with Michelsen in hot pursuit but the Dane lost control on the second turn allowing both Robert Lambert and Pedersen through on his inside.
That was how it remained with the hosts continuing for a third maximum in quick succession and with the Eagles now 25-11 in arrears, they already looked to be in the mire.
Woodward stemmed the flow in the next. A gate to flag effort delivered a much needed win but with the heat remaining shared the 14-point deficit, now 28-14, remained intact.
King’s Lynn continued in heat eight, however, in what was not another of the visitors’ finest moments.
Robert Lambert, who hadn’t even celebrated his sixteenth birthday at the advent of the 2014 campaign, continued his paid maximum hopes whilst Schlein, for two laps on an ailing machine, managed to fend off the challenge of Kylmakorpi and Lahti.
The Stars fourth 5-1 was swiftly followed by a fifth as Simon Lambert and Lewis Rose paired up in heat nine to deny Newman.
Eastbourne did provide a heat advantage, thanks to the tactical ride facility in the race ahead of the interval, Iversen taking the chequered flag but with Michelsen, in black and white following on alongside Kylmakorpi, the home lead was at least snipped by 2-points, 41-21 now the difference with ten heats down.
The Stars did take their collective feet off the accelerator following the break and with the three Elite League points now effectively in the bag the Eagles did manage to share the spoils in three of the final five races but further 5-1s, from Josh Auty and Simon Lambert in the twelfth then Iversen and Robert Lambert in the last, together with the latter’s superb effort in thwarting a potential Eagles 5-1 in the penultimate race was sufficient to extend the final margin to 28-points, leaving the Sussex side well beaten on their travels once again.
Stars: Niels-Kristian Iversen 14+1(5), Robert Lambert 13+2(5), Simon Lambert (Guest for Lewis Kerr) 8+3(4), Kenneth Bjerre 8(4), Rory Schlein 6+2(4), Lewis Rose 6+1(4), Josh Auty (Guest for Niklas Porsing) 5+1(4). - 60
Eagles: Mikkel Michelsen 8+1(5), Bjarne Pedersen 7+1(5), Cameron Woodward 6+1(4), Kyle Newman (Guest for Lewis Blackbird) 6(4). Joonas Kylmakorpi 3+1(4), Timo Lahti 2(4), Danny Halsey 0(4).– 32