ELITSERIEN | LAMBERT STARS FOR SMEDERNA AS ZMARZLIK GOES UNBEATEN
Great Britain racer Robert Lambert roared to 14 points for Smederna as they defied a 15-point maximum from Lejonen star Bartosz Zmarzlik to triumph 48-42 in Sweden’s Bauhaus Elitserien on Tuesday evening.
Lambert piled up the points from six outings, with a tapes exclusion the only blot on his scorecard. His only loss in the other five rides came at the hands of Zmarzlik as the former European champion led the Smederna charge in the absence of injured British team mate Dan Bewley.
The Norfolk racer was aided by an eight paid 10-point haul from Kacper Woryna and eight paid nine from Grzegorz Zengota.
Lambert was delighted to see off the challenge of a Lejonen team tipped to win the Elitserien as Smederna cemented top spot.
“That was pretty amazing,” he told SVT. “Lejonen is a very tough team – very strong. They gave us a hard battle on our home track, but we were victorious and managed to win the meeting, which was very important. It just shows them that they are not as strong as they think they are.”
Zmarzlik has been Lions star man for the season and the Speedway GP World Championship leader maintained his red-hot form. He went unbeaten over five outings for the Lions, with Dominik Kubera notching nine and Speedway GP star Patryk Dudek scoring five.
In the day’s other match, 2012 world champion Chris Holder racked up 14 points for Indianerna as they charged to a 47-43 victory away to Rospiggarna.
Holder continued his impressive form over six outings as he stakes his claim for a place in Australia’s FIM Speedway of Nations squad. Aussie champion Max Fricke also made his case with a 12 paid 14-point total.
Swedish selection hopeful Kim Nilsson continued his strong recent run with 13 paid 14 points for the hosts, while Finnish international Timo Lahti tallied 10 paid 11 points.