Lambert shrugs off testimonial injury as the party goes on

Lambert joins the finalists on the podium.
Lambert joins the finalists on the podium.

There was areal party atmosphere as Simon Lambert’s decennial testimonial event was held at the Adrian Flux Arena on Sunday.

King’s Lynn speedway legends Tomas Topinka, Terry Betts and Ian Turner were presented as special guests while and Neil Vatcher’s Young Lions were also on show alongside the main event.

Simon was forced to withdraw from the action following a heavy heat 15 tumble, but he ecaped with muscle damage and refused to let that dampen the spirit of the day.

In the end, it was former Grand Prix star Kenneth Bjerre who took the day’s top prize by easing into the semi-finals with 12 points and then powering to victory in the two deciding races.

While the day was always going to be as much about the occasion, there was still plenty of good racing to maintain interest throughout, with Sam Masters frequently at the centre.

The Aussie champion got the afternoon up and running with his third lap pass of Danny Ayres to win the opening race, just lost out to Michael Palm Toft right on the line in heat 13 and left it as late as the final bend to catch Josh Grajczonek for victory in heat 16.

Niels Kristian Iversen dominated the main 20-race programme, powering to five wins, before finally coming unstuck against Bjerre in the first semi-final.

Craig Cook ended in second when up against Masters and King.

King himself proved a little too eager at the tapes in the final, his subsequent 15 metre penalty relegating him to the back as Bjerre drove home ahead of Iversen and Masters to win the race that mattered most.

“I am OK now, although it’s a bit sore,” Lambert said afterwards.

“It’s been a fantastic day overall, though. I keep saying that word – fantastic.

“Everybody’s made it happen, there’s been a great turnout, and I’m so thankful.”