RIDER REACTION: '˜Brilliant, fantastic, perfect' - words from the Panthers fab four
The Panthers awesome foursome that clinched a famous victory in the SGB Championship Fours on Sunday had plenty to say afterwards . . .
“Everyone knows how much I love this club. I’m proud every time I put my Peterborough race-suit on and captaining us to a trophy win is such a special feeling.
“It was brilliant to be part of the team that won the Elite League title back in 2006, but I didn’t really feel like I contributed that much in the Grand Final.
“I’ve waited a hell of a long time to win something else with Panthers and I’m really happy that I was able to play a much bigger part on Sunday.
“I just had one of those days where I felt really good on the bike. I made some great starts and also had the speed to pass riders.”
“It was a great day on a personal level to win all of my races - and a brilliant one for the club to win a trophy on our home track and in front of so many of ours fans.
“It just goes to show that underdogs should never be under-estimated. I don’t think many people gave us a chance without Jack Holder and then also losing Bradley Wilson-Dean to injury, but we produced a great team effort.
“We put ourselves under no pressure whatsoever and managed to avoid the last places which is crucial in an event like this.
“To put on a show for such a big crowd, and to be able to share the success with the guys who won it all those years ago, was fantastic.
“A few people suggested I was taking a backwards step when I came into this league, but I’m enjoying my racing and being part of a club with a great bunch of lads and a terrific atmosphere.”
“I’ve been very fortunate to be part of a lot of trophy-winning teams and I’m delighted to have featured in another one.
“I was frustrated not to have scored more points so being able to wrap it up with a win was perfect.
“It takes a good team to win a tough event like the Fours and we definitely had one.
“We didn’t put ourselves under any pressure, we stuck together and we scored the points we needed.”
“I had a family day out at the zoo planned, but then I got the call on Saturday saying I was needed for the Fours!
“Winning the trophy is a reward for all the hard work the management team have put in over the past three years to keep the club going - and also a great way to repay the fans for their support.
“I was really pleased with my own performance - my three rides in the final were as good as any I’ve had all season.
“It’s been a difficult year for me with a bad start then an injury, but winning the Fours is right up there with the best days in my career.”