Allen wants to go out in a blaze of glory with the Panthers

So far, so good. The Peterborough Panthers speedway team for 2015. from the left are Carl Johnson (team manager), Simon Lambert, Lewis Blackbird, Trevor Swales (co-promoter), Ged Rathbone (co-promoter) and Adam Roynon.
So far, so good. The Peterborough Panthers speedway team for 2015. from the left are Carl Johnson (team manager), Simon Lambert, Lewis Blackbird, Trevor Swales (co-promoter), Ged Rathbone (co-promoter) and Adam Roynon.
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Olly Allen wants to end his speedway career in the same way as it started . . . by sampling title glory with Panthers.

Allen made his senior breakthrough during the glorious Premier League-winning season of 1998 as a 16 year-old after helping the club’s junior side to Conference League honours the previous year.

He now returns as an experienced 32 year-old number one on a hefty 8.93 average for the 2015 campaign and he hopes he has made the final move of a long career which has also included honours at Elite League level.

Allen, who raced for Somerset last year, said: “I would love to have three or four good seasons at Peterborough to finish my career.

“It started so well with a lot of success here and I would love it to end in the same way.

“Peterborough has always been a special place for me.

“I was looked after so well by Peter Oakes and his promotion as a youngster and I really love the Showground track as well.

“That is something which is very important to me at this stage of my career.

“I had some very good meetings here as an opposing rider last season and hopefully I can ride to that level on a regular basis.

“I hope I have just made my last move in the sport, but I’m certainly not here to wind down.

“I still feel I have scope to increase my average as I had four-or-five shocking away meetings last season for Somerset and suffered from engine problems in a couple of home meetings.

“When I get to the stage where I don’t believe I can improve any more, I will walk away from speedway.”

Norwich-based Allen leads a hectic life as he runs the family engineering business away from the track.

The father-of-two has been a regular visitor to the East of England Showground from an early age. His father, Dave, was a popular and successful rider for Panthers in the early 1980s.

Allen, who won the prestigious Premier League Riders’ Championship in 2012, added: “I was born during my dad’s time as a Peterborough rider. I don’t have too many memories of my own as I was so young, but I can recall going on the parade truck and being in the pits.

“I always get reminded about dad’s exploits when I come to Peterborough and moving to a track much closer to home will now give me the chance to bring my own children to speedway.

“All speedway riders are away from home a lot and it will be nice if they can get the chance to see what I do.”