Friday March 02, 2018
PETERBOROUGH promoter Ged Rathbone has reported a surge of interest in the club after their 2018 line-up was confirmed last week.

With the new season fast-approaching – the Ben Fund Bonanza opener at the East of England Arena is just over a fortnight away on March 18 – the T.Balfe Construction Panthers are preparing for action, having ended the previous campaign with KO Cup triumph at Ipswich.

Multiple British Champion Scott Nicholls spearheads the line-up this year with the club also making full use of their asset base, and Rathbone says reaction to the news has been hugely positive.

He said: “I’ve got to thank the supporters once again for their patience over the winter.

“We know there wasn’t a lot going out in terms of news, and I’m sure people understand the reasons why we had to keep quiet, frustrating as it was.

“We’re absolutely over the moon to have the full one-to-seven in place, and I’m delighted to report that season ticket sales now look like hitting last year’s levels.

“We’re into March now which is always an exciting time because everyone knows the start of the season is only a few weeks away, and we can’t wait for the opening meetings.

“The riders are all very happy to be here, and we’re keen as a club to be developing our own assets, so to be able to include them all in this year’s team is very pleasing.

“As a one-to-seven we have the top rider in the league on the highest average, and the team looks solid throughout. We are more than ready for the challenge ahead.

“Being realistic I know we’re not going to start as one of the favourites, but that means very little at this stage – just look back at 2016 when everyone was putting Somerset mid-table at best, and look at what they ended up winning that year!”

The Ben Fund Bonanza meeting now starts at 6.30pm on March 18, with the opening team event taking place at on Sunday March 25 as Lakeside visit in the Championship Shield (7pm).

Rathbone added: “We do apologise for having to change the start-time for the Ben Fund Bonanza so close to the event.

“It’s something that was out of our control, and we hope supporters aren’t too inconvenienced and will still be able to attend what promises to be a superb meeting.”

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