Blackbird proud to take over from Ulrich as Panthers skipper

Justin Sedgmen is chased through the dust by Lewis Blackbird at the Premier League Fours meeting. Picture: David Lowndes
Justin Sedgmen is chased through the dust by Lewis Blackbird at the Premier League Fours meeting. Picture: David Lowndes
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Lewis Blackbird insists he is proud to stand-in as Panthers skipper.

The 28 year-old will take over while regular captain Ulrich Ostergaard is sidelined with a broken hand.

Blackbird is no stranger to the role. He was skipper at National League side Mildenhall for a couple of years and also filled in when Ostergaard missed a recent Panthers victory at Berwick.

He said: “It is an honour to captain the club although I would obviously prefer it if Ulrich was not out injured.

“I enjoy the extra responsibility. It’s important to keep all the boys on the same page and make sure we are all working together for the team.”

Blackbird has seen his own season interrupted by injury problems after a crash while riding for Panthers at the end of May.

He suffered ongoing back trouble and eventually took a break from racing.

Joint team boss Carl Johnson said: “Lewis is a good man to have around on and off the track. He is the obvious choice to take over as captain.”