Speedway - Showground needs to be ‘scarier’

Speedway news from the Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk, @peterboroughtel on Twitter

Speedway news from the Peterborough Telegraph - peterboroughtoday.co.uk, @peterboroughtel on Twitter

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Panthers bosses are preparing to make the East of England Showground a ‘scarier’ track.

Club chiefs have ordered a big delivery of shale to increase the grip and make the Alwalton circuit a bigger test for visiting riders.

“We feel the track is too easy for opponents to ride currently and we’ve addressed that by ordering 20 tonnes of shale,” said promoter Ged Rathbone.

“I don’t want visiting riders telling me they enjoy coming to the Showground. We need to make it a scarier proposition for them and increase our home advantage.”

There have already been three serious incidents in as many home meetings this season.

Adam Roynon is recovering well from his rib and lung injuries sustained in a crash on the opening lap of the 2015 season on March 15. A Premier League trip to Redcar on April 23 has been earmarked as a potential comeback date.

Somerset reserve Benji Compton was then taken to hospital the following Sunday after clipping the machine of Panthers captain Ulrich Ostergaard and crashing heavily during a League Cup clash. Compton suffered no lasting damage and was back racing within five days.

Then Panthers number one Olly Allen suffered serious ankle damage in a spill against Rye House last Friday.

Rathbone added: “Peterborough is without doubt a fast track, but there is no way it can be blamed for any of the accidents we’ve seen.

“All three of them have been racing incidents. Perhaps a bit of rustiness and eagerness from riders early in the season has been a factor.

“The riders all need to remember there are four laps to every race and that a season is a marathon, not a sprint.”