PANTHERS IN DOUBLE SWOOP

Friday August 26, 2020
PETERBOROUGH have brought Danish Grand Prix wildcard Anders Thomsen back for a second spell with the club as part of a double team switch.

The European Championship competitor has rejoined the ‘T Balfe Construction’ Panthers for the remainder of the 2016 campaign after impressing during a similar spell in Peterborough colours in the final weeks of 2015.

And the popular Danish racer will be joined by red-hot National League rider Danny Halsey in the Panthers fold with both captures having already received full approval from the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) management committee.



Halsey has been in terrific form for Mildenhall in the third tier of the sport and now has the chance to test himself at Premier League level.

The two men to make way from the Peterborough team in the wake of a sixth home defeat of the season last night are Emil Grondal and Tom Perry.

Their exits were announced during the interval of a loss against Newcastle tonight (Friday) with the blessing of both riders, who received fine send-offs from Peterborough supporters when waving farewell in front of the main grandstand at the East of England Showground.

Rathbone said: “It is no secret we have been considering making changes to the team for a while, but we were always adamant that we had to make the right moves at the right time.

“We feel we are doing that by bringing Anders back to the club and giving Dan the chance to race in the Premier League.

“We simply could not allow the dreadful run of results at home to go on any longer and we’ve had to act with our place in the play-offs now under serious threat.

“Anders is a proven rider at much higher levels. Hopefully his return will give us a boost and I’ll be delighted if Danny can chip in with a few points at reserve.

“Both guys jumped at the chance to join the club and they are well aware of the fact we need them to hit the ground running at such a crucial stage of the season.

“Of course it is never nice to have to release riders, but Emil and Tom were both understanding of the situation were find ourselves in.

“Emil has actually increased his average during the season after spending thousands of pounds on equipment while trying to find the right mechanical set-up.

“As we all know, Tom is a huge victim of his own success and it is with a very heavy heart that we have had to let him go.

“He was a real star in the early weeks of the season, but he has struggled in the main body of the side and it has clearly knocked his confidence.

“These might not be the last changes to the team either. We’re still looking for more ways to strengthen before the signing deadline next week.”

Thomsen and Halsey will both roar into Peterborough battle when Redcar visit the East of England Showground on Bank Holiday Monday (7pm).

Thomsen slots into the side on an average of 6.62 while Halsey will race off a 3.00 figure as the club’s new mandatory British rider.

Halsey’s arrival means Ashley Morris will climb into a second string berth after racing at reserve since his June arrival.


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