27th May 2016
British Youth Boss Neil Vatcher enthused the FIM decision to select Great Britain’s Robert Lambert as a permanent wild card selection for the FIM World Under 21 Championship series which begins at Lambert’s home track of Kings Lynn on Saturday 18th June, before moving on the Pardubice in the Czech Republic on the 16th September, then concludes in Gdansk Poland on the 2nd October.
Vatcher said, “we almost had the perfect weekend last week when both Adam Ellis and Josh Bates secured a top 4 finish in their tough semi finals to claim their places in the series. It was looking good for Robert, as after three rides in his semi at Belle Vue he was lying in fifth position but still had two races remaining and in both those heats was coming off the favourable inside gates, only for the rain to intervene and calling a stop to the proceedings. It was very unfortunate at the time the referee had no option but to abandon the meeting and as all riders had completed three rides each, the FIM rules state that the result stands, which at that point meant Robert just missed out on qualification by one point.
I said to Robert that because of the circumstances I felt that we had a good case to get a pick as one of the permanent wild cards, and after a couple of nervous days awaiting their decision we were delighted to hear late yesterday that we got the answer that we had all hoped for.
So now with a only a couple of weeks before the series begins, British Speedway has plenty to look forward too, with only Britain and the very strong nation of Poland having three representatives in this year’s final series.
At Junior level it has been a long time for British Speedway to have any success, but I have been shouting our cause for many years now saying that the kids are coming and we had to be patient, and now with three representatives in this final series, this is something for all of British Speedway to be proud of.
This is where the hard work begins, as now this is the best of the best and none of the races in these finals will be easy, but as I said, very proud for British Speedway to have three representatives”.
If any one can help with sponsorship for either Adam, Josh or Robert to help compete the worlds best then please contact Neil on firstname.lastname@example.org