SUPER PANTHERS SLAM TIGERS

Sunday June 25, 2017
PETERBOROUGH issued a statement of SGB Championship courtesy of their biggest and best result of the season on Sunday.

Number one Chris Harris, captain Ulrich Ostergaard and red-hot Jack Holder all roared into double-figures as the 'T Balfe Construction' Panthers sank high-flying Glasgow at the East of England Arena.

The Tigers had pocketed at least a point from all 14 of their previous league meetings this season, but they had no answer to a Peterborough side who swept to a thrilling 55-37 triumph.

They sealed victory with two races to spare as Jack Holder blasted from last to first in heat 13 to earn a 5-1 with Harris, who also featured in full-houses to start and finish a memorable meeting.

Harris produced his own surge from the back to lead home Bradley Wilson-Dean in the opener, and then joined forces with his skipper to bring the curtain down in style in the finale.

“We produced a big performance in a big meeting,” said captain Ostergaard.

“Chris has been phenomenal since he came in and Jack has been on fire for a few weeks now, but we gave them great support and everyone can see the result.

“I know a few people have been saying that we are only capable of beating the bottom sides, but this shows that’s not the case.

“It was an outstanding team effort to hammer a Glasgow team with some top riders and I hope the supporters enjoyed it as much as we did.

“If we can carry on riding like this, I don’t see why we can’t make the play-offs.

“It’s been a tough start to the season and we’ve thrown away a few silly points, but we’re looking good now and hopefully we can build on this win.

“We need to keep this sort of form going at home and look to pick up a few results on the road.”

Peterborough led from start to finish with two 5-1s in the opening three races easing them ahead against Glasgow.

Harris and Wilson-Dean provided the perfect start before Ostergaard and Paul Starke bossed the third heat.

Glasgow replied with a 4-2 on each occasion to stay in touch, but Panthers quickly built up a commanding advantage.

Starke, Harris and Wilson-Dean took the chequered flag during a run of three 4-2s in the space of four races as their cushion grew to 10 points.

Glasgow responded immediately by deploying captain Aaron Summers on a ninth heat tactical ride, but he was powerless to prevent Ostergaard from storming past on the second lap.

The captain’s exploits, combined with a solid third spot for Starke, ensured the race ended in a 4-4 deadlock and left Panthers in control.

Two further 5-1s – in heats 13 and 15 – completed a second emphatic home victory in the space of three days.

Peterborough face another mouth-watering East of England Arena test on Sunday (July 2) when entertaining East Anglian rivals Ipswich (5pm).

SCORES

PETERBOROUGH: Chris Harris 13+1, Ulrich Ostergaard 12+1, Jack Holder 11, Paul Starke 8+1, Bradley Wilson-Dean 7+2, Tom Bacon 4+1, Richard Hall 0.

GLASGOW: Aaron Summers 8, Dan Bewley 7+1, Nike Lunna 6+1, Richie Worrall 6, Jack Smith 5+1, Tom Perry 3, Richard Lawson 2.

HEATS
1 - Harris (61.1), Wilson-Dean, Lunna, Lawson. 5-1, 5-1.
2 - Perry (61.5), Bacon, Smith, Hall. 2-4, 7-5.
3 - Ostergaard (60.8), Starke, Worrall, Bewley (ret). 5-1, 12-6.
4 - Smith (61.1), Holder, Summers, Bacon. 2-4, 14-10.
5 - re-run Starke (61.4), Lunna, Ostergaard, Lawson. 4-2, 18-12.
6 - re-run Harris (61.0), Summers, Wilson-Dean, Perry. 4-2, 22-14.
7 - Holder (61.2), Worrall, Bewley, Hall. 3-3, 25-17.
8 - re-run Wilson-Dean (61.9), Lunna, Bacon, Smith (fell). 4-2, 29-19.
9 - Ostergaard (62.1), Summers (t/r), Starke, Perry. 4-4, 33-23.
10 - Bewley (62.1), Harris, Wilson-Dean, Worrall. 3-3, 36-26.
11 - Holder (62.5), Lawson, Lunna, Hall. 3-3, 39-29.
12 - Worrall (62.6), Starke, Bacon, Perry. 3-3, 42-32.
13 - Holder (62.8), Harris, Summers, Lawson (ret). 5-1, 47-33.
14 – Ostergaard (62.9), Bewley, Smith, Bacon. 3-3, 50-36.
15 - Harris (63.0), Ostergaard, Bewley, Worrall. 5-1, 55-37
PICTURE: Captain Ulrich Ostergaard and Paul Starke on their way to a 5-1 against Glasgow.

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