SPEEDWAY: Champions on track for action-packed day

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Simon Lambert’s testimonial meeting is being held at the Adrian Flux Arena, King’s Lynn, on Sunday.

Gates open at noon and the action gets under way at 2pm.

‘Decennary’ originates from Latin, a rare word to describe a decade – Lambert’s fiancée Sam came up with this name for the testimonial.

‘Rambo Lambo’ is the nickname given by a speedway meeting presenter early in his career which has stayed with him ever since.

Awarded by the sport’s authorities for 10 years of service as a King’s Lynn club asset, the Kirton-based racer – together with his family and testimonial committee – have put in plenty of hard work and preparation to make the big day a success.

The meeting is headlined by the appearance of British champion Danny King who will be bringing along his trophy for supporters to take photos from 12.30pm to 1.15pm.

Joining him on track will be the five-time reigning Danish champion Niels Kristian Iversen, reigning Australian champion Sam Masters, former national champions Brady Kurtz (Australia) and Ricky Wells (USA), former and current team-mates, plus rider friends, to complete a cosmopolitan line-up.

Lambert will be taking part on track too, although the demands on his time off track during the day means his meeting focus will be rather different to normal.

In addition, there are support races featuring four rising young stars looking towards emulating the senior stars on show in the not-too- distant future.

Guests of honour include former Stars’ captain Tomas Topinka, a friend and early mentor to Lambert who messaged him to say he has made his arrangements to travel from his home in the Czech Republic!

Topinka is second in the Stars’ all-time appearances list and joining the party, to make it a 1-2-3 appearance holders wise, will be number three on the list Ian Turner and the number one, widely recognised in speedway circles as ‘Mr King’s Lynn’, Terry Betts.

The testimonial would not have been possible without the valued contribution of sponsors and advertisers.

Lead sponsor is the family business Lambert’s Transport & Warehousing who are being supplemented by rider, heat, tyres and fuel sponsors.

Also much appreciated is the wonderful gesture by Lambert’s promoters during his loan spell at Rye House a few seasons ago, Len Silver and Hazal Naylor.

Through their Silver Ski Holidays business, they have donated a top prize for the testimonial raffle of a skiing holiday for two, for the week December 17 to 24.

The raffle will be launched at the testimonial meeting where tickets will be on sale for the first time. They will remain on sale until the draw at Peterborough – location of Lambert’s club for the 2017 season – on August 16.

Following the action on track, the day concludes with an auction of the riders’ race jackets and other items in the stadium’s main bar area.

Admission prices for the testimonial have been geared towards a family day out. They are adults £16, concessions £13, ages 12-18 £6, with under-12s free.

It promises to be an action-packed and memorable day.

All monies raised are in the form of donations to the benefit of the Simon Lambert Testimonial in recognition of his services.