‘Daddy Day Care’ is finally over so Peterborough Panthers star is back on his bike!

Peterborough Panthers rider Chris Harris is relishing his racing return after spending months acting as ‘Daddy Day Care!’

By Nigel Pearson
Thursday, 15th April 2021, 6:00 am
Chris Harris riding at Leicester earlier this week. Photo: Jeff Davis.
Chris Harris riding at Leicester earlier this week. Photo: Jeff Davis.

Harris has been looking after his young family with no track action possible during the latest lockdown.

But he was back on track last weekend with practice sessions at both Scunthorpe and Leicester.

“It’s great to be back on the bike and I’m looking forward to the season starting with Peterborough ” Harris said.

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“I’ve been spending time at home with the family and it’s been great, but being out and about at the weekend in the fresh air riding my bike has been brilliant for me.

“The family are probably sick of me now so they’re probably pleased I’m going out to race again!”

Harris will be busy this year with racing at both Premiership and Championship level as well as the World Longtrack Championship.

“That’s just how I like it,” Harris added. “Hopefully I can stay busy and have a good year. That’s the aim and I’ll be doing everything I can to help Peterborough have a good season.

“The team looks good. We’ve got lots of experience, but that’s fine. I’m sure we’ll be strong and push hard for those play-offs.

“I’m enthusiastic and, after missing last year in terms of a full league season, I just can’t wait to get going at Peterborough. It’s a nice feeling to be heading back to a club I know with a promoter I’ve respected throughout my career in Colin Pratt.

“I’m looking forward to meeting up with all the Peterborough fans again and it will be a great moment when we do.

“You could tell everyone was so happy to be riding at Leicester on Monday (April 12).

“It’s like one of the first steps back to some sort of normality with speedway coming back.”

Harris, who will ride for the Birmingham Brummies in the Championship, will be a key man in an experienced Panthers Premiership team, one labelled ‘Dad’s Army’ by some pundits.

At 38 Harris is the third youngest team member after 17 year-old Jordan Palin and Michael Palm Toft (38).

There are three over 40 year-olds in captain Scott Nicholls (42), Bjarne Pedersen (42) and Hans Andersen (40) while Ulrich Ostergaard is 39.

Panthers are set start the 2021 Premiership season on Monday, May 17 at Wolverhampton. The first home meeting is now due to be against Sheffield on Monday, May 24.

Club officials have now rescheduled the meetings originally die for before that date.

The full details can be found at http://peterborough-speedway.com/fixtures21.