SPEEDWAY: Panthers skipper back for a testimonial season

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Captain Ulrich Ostergaard is on his way back to Peterborough Panthers for a testimonial season.

The 34 year-old has been rewarded for his long service to British speedway with a celebration meeting that will kick off the 2016 season at the East of England Showground.

Ostergaard has ridden in this country for 13 years and was part of the Panthers side which lifted the Elite League title in unforgettable style back in 2006.

And current promoter Ged Rathbone believes the Danish ace can star in another successful city side next term.

Rathbone said: “Our last two signings might have taken people by surprise, but the same won’t be said of this one.

“Everyone knows that Ulrich 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 for the play-offs.

“There was no-one more disappointed or frustrated than Ulrich himself because he is desperate to have more success with Peterborough.

“It didn’t happen last season, but we are putting together a team we think can challenge in 2016.

“It would be great if we could win some silverware in Ulrich’s testimonial year.”

Ostergaard returns on a 7.87 after his signing was announced at the club’s end-of-season bash last night.

He becomes the third Dane to feature in the side for next season alongside Michael Palm Toft and new recruit Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen. British reserve Tom Perry is another rider so far confirmed.

Ostergaard’s testimonial is set to provide a terrific start to the 2016 season in March. The exact date is still to be finalised.

Ostergaard launched his British career at Eastbourne in 2003 and has also ridden for the Isle of Wight, Birmingham, Workington, Reading, Belle Vue, Redcar and King’s Lynn.