SPECIAL RETURN FOR SKIPPER

Friday November 13, 2020
'CAPTAIN Fantastic' Ulrich Ostergaard is on his way back to Peterborough for 2016 . . . and it is set to be the most special season of his career.

The Readypower Panthers skipper and reigning Premier League Riders' champion will celebrate his testimonial at the East of England Showground to kick off the new campaign in March.

Ostergaard (34) has been a fine servant to British speedway during a career on these shores that started with a spell at Eastbourne 13 years ago.

His testimonial season falls 10 years after he helped Peterborough to their unforgettable Elite League title triumph of 2006 - and Rathbone hopes next term will also come complete with a silver lining.

He said: "We've pulled off a couple of signings in recent days that really took our supporters by surprise - but I'm sure no-one will be shocked that Ulrich will be back again next season.

"Everyone knows that he is a huge part of the club. He is our captain, he is an asset of our promotion and he is one of the best riders in the Premier League as proven by his PLRC success last season.

"There are very few riders who provide the experience and excitement that Ulrich does and that is probably why he enjoys such popularity with the fans.

"We fought on through so many injury blows during last season, but we couldn't overcome the loss of Ulrich ahead of the play-offs.

"There was no-one more disappointed or frustrated than Ulrich himself because he is desperate to have more success with Peterborough after winning the Elite League all those years ago.

"But last season is now in the past and we are focusing on building another team which we believe can challenge for the title and it would be fantastic if we could pick some silverware in Ulrich's testimonial year."

He returns on a 7.87 average and becomes the third Dane to feature in the club's side for next season alongside Michael Palm Toft and new recruit Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen. British reserve Tom Perry is another rider to already be unveiled.

Ostergaard's milestone meeting will provide a terrific start to the 2016 season when the tapes go up next March. An exact date is still to be finalised.

Ostergaard has also ridden for the Isle of Wight, Birmingham, Workington, Reading, Belle Vue, Redcar and King’s Lynn during his long British career.

Further details on his testimonial will be released when available.

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