Speedway preview - ‘Great to be back at a track I love’ says Olly

Olly Allen in action for Panthers against the GB Select side. Picture: David Lowndes
Olly Allen in action for Panthers against the GB Select side. Picture: David Lowndes

It was the right time for new number one Olly Allen to make his Panthers homecoming . . . and he is convinced the city team will also be racing at the right times in 2015.

Allen, a product of the club’s conveyer belt of youth talent during the 1990s, admits he was eyeing up a return to the East of England Showground long before Panthers’ future had been thrashed out during the winter.

And the 32 year-old, who was part of the Panthers team to sample Premier League title glory in 1998, is relishing doing battle for honours on the Alwalton shale again.

“I was keen to return to Peterborough,” said Allen. “I got in touch with Trevor Swales at the end of last season and then had an anxious wait for the future to be sorted.

“Once that happened we thrashed out a deal in a matter of minutes and I’m delighted to be back racing at a track and a club I love.

“And it is terrific for the club to be back racing on Fridays. Friday has traditionally been the night for speedway in Peterborough. It was certainly that way when my dad rode here back in the 1980s and when I started my own career.”

Allen announced his return to Panthers colours for a fourth spell with a hat-trick of heat wins during the 48-45 success against a Great Britain Select team at the Showground last Sunday.

And the 2013 Premier League Riders’ champion hopes that will prove to be the first of many triumphs for a club determined to bring back the glory days of old.

Allen added: “There is no doubt we have a team capable of winning things as we have a number of riders who could add points to their averages.

“There are big expectations here and that is great because no rider wants to be turning up to race for a club which is happy to be mediocre.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have success at a few clubs and they have all had an underlying drive to do well in common. I get the same feel about Peterborough this year.”