More to come says Barker after his dazzling debut

Ben Barker wins his first race for Panthers. Picture: David Lowndes
Ben Barker wins his first race for Panthers. Picture: David Lowndes
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Ben Barker is adamant his blistering Panthers debut won’t be a flash in the pan.

The confident Cornishman is determined to follow up a stunning maximum display in a 51-41 success over Newcastle last Friday night with more mighty scores.

Barker’ grand, 12-point entrance helped inspire a victory which all-but-guaranteed Panthers’ place in the Premier League play-offs and provided an incredible return to the saddle after two months out with a broken back.

He also hopes it will have silenced any critics unhappy with his arrival in place of the axed Robert Lambert.

Barker said: “I’m aware of a bit of negativity about Peterborough signing me, but hopefully the performance against Newcastle has showed them what I can do.

“It was a dream start to get a maximum in my first meeting and hopefully there are plenty more good meetings to come.

“I still have plenty to improve on. My starts weren’t good at all which was to be expected after being out for so long.

“I’m loving being part of a club where everyone is so happy and that makes the job so much easier.

“The management just told me to make sure I enjoyed being back on the bike and it felt great.

“I wasn’t in any pain afterwards either which was a bonus after being out with a bad injury.”

Barker continues his Panthers career with visits to two of his former tracks – Ipswich and Somerset - on the next two nights.

He spearheaded the Witches in the 2013 campaign and raced for the Rebels back in 2006 when still a teenager.

He added: “Ipswich is a hard place to be a number one rider and it can be a difficult track to work out.

“It tends to be a bit grippier now than it was in the past and that plays into my hands because it is just how I like it.

“I did a season at Somerset a few years ago and I enjoyed it.

“Everyone knows it is a track when you can carry a lot of speed and race.

“Peterborough have clearly done really well on the road and I don’t see why that can’t continue.

“I think they are both places where we can go and get results.”

Panthers are without Danish ace Michael Palm Toft at Somerset due to a fixture clash in his homeland. Carl Wilkinson of Scunthorpe steps in to guest.

The axed Lambert has been strongly linked with a switch to Rye House for the rest of the season.