Thursday March 08, 2018
THE full line-up for the Ben Fund Bonanza at the East of England Arena on Sunday March 18 (6.30pm) has been confirmed.

British racer Charles Wright (Sheffield/Somerset) and Denmark’s Thomas Jorgensen (King’s Lynn) are the final two names in the field for the major fund-raising meeting.

Jorgensen has ridden in two of the last three Bonanzas but Wright, who has a good record at Peterborough including a full 15-point maximum for Redcar last season, will be making his debut in the event – after finishing 2017 on the injury list with a crash in the SGB Championship Pairs at Sheffield.

He said: “Everything had gone all right on the day, I’d been unbeaten by an opposition rider and we were winning in the Final. Then I messed up one corner and obviously the home boys were on our tail, and it just happened.

“Everyone was going for it on the last corner and I ended up crashing with one of my mates, Kyle (Howarth). To have such a good day ending that way wasn’t the best.

“I broke my wrist, damaged ligaments and dislocated my wrist so it was quite a bad injury. I’ve spent the whole winter trying to get it right. It won’t ever be the same but I’ve got it as close as I can in time for racing. I’m definitely fit enough to start the season.

“I’ve never have the chance to do the (Bonanza) meeting before, so I’m looking forward to it, and racing for a good cause. I’ve had a bit out of the Ben Fund after my crash last year so I am pleased to be returning the favour.”

The full line-up for the event is as follows, and includes three current Peterborough riders – Scott Nicholls, Ulrich Ostergaard and Michael Palm Toft – along with six others who have raced for the Panthers in the past.

LINE-UP: Kenneth Bjerre, Hans Andersen, Bjarne Pedersen, Michael Palm Toft, Ulrich Ostergaard, Thomas Jorgensen and Niels Kristian Iversen (Denmark), Chris Harris, Scott Nicholls, Ben Barker, Danny King, Charles Wright and Steve Worrall (UK), Jason Doyle, Sam Masters and Nick Morris (Australia).

The Benevolent Fund will receive an additional boost from two riders who will shortly be staging Benefit meetings of their own. Both will be making a donation to the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund from their own proceeds.

These are Simon Stead who has his ‘Last Lap’ Farewell meeting on Sunday March 25 at Sheffield, and Jon Armstrong whose Testimonial is at Mildenhall on Sunday April 22.

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