Speedway preview - Excitement the name of the game for dashing Dane

Ulrich Ostergaard in action against the GB Select side. Picture: David Lowndes
Ulrich Ostergaard in action against the GB Select side. Picture: David Lowndes
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Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard wants to make the East Of England Showground the most exciting place in British speedway.

The Danish ace – the odd one out in a city team featuring six British riders – is upbeat about the prospects of success in 2015.

And Ostergaard, one of the most thrilling riders to be found in the second tier of the sport, is desperate for the club’s supporters to enjoy every minute of their quest for honours at Premier League level.

The popular skipper, stressed: “We need to work hard to win meetings, but it is also important that we have fun and enjoy our jobs.

“We also have to put a smile on the faces of the supporters and we all want Peterborough to be known as the most exciting place in the country.

“It is not just about winning races and heats – it is the whole package that matters. As riders we need to celebrate with the fans and make them really feel a part of what we are trying to achieve.”

Ostergaard was a star performer in a Panthers team that was pipped to a play-off spot and beaten in the final of the League Cup last season.

It represented a welcome return to form for a rider who had endured mechanical and injury problems in recent years.

And, despite his 34th birthday looming large, Ostergaard is confident he can find further improvement in the new campaign.

He is also very aware of the responsibilities he and new number one (and fellow thirty-something) Olly Allen have in helping the remaining members of the Panthers side to shine.

Ostergaard, part of the last title-winning Peterborough side back in 2006, added: “The team struggled on occasions last season, but I was very happy with my own performances.

“Everyone knows how much I love riding at the Showground and it was fantastic for me to be back here.

“It is an honour to be asked to captain the team again this year and I need to make sure I pick up from where I left off.

“I hope I can increase my average again and hopefully I can challenge Olly for the number one spot.

“The most important thing is helping the team to win meetings though and myself and Olly both need to pass on our experience to the younger riders.

“I’m sure it can be a good season for everyone.”