Speedway: Emil is all smiles as Panthers career takes off

Emil Grondal is delighted to be a Panthers rider.
Emil Grondal is delighted to be a Panthers rider.
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Recent recruit Emil Grondal has spoken of his pride after collecting the first race triumphs of his Peterborough Panthers career.

The World Under 21 finalist took the chequered flag in successive outings on his way to a nine-point return as the city racers slammed fellow play-off contenders Sheffield 55-37 last week.

The 20 year-old said: “My first ride against Sheffield was not the best. I felt a bit stiff on the bike and came last, but I made some changes and it felt very good.

“It was disappointing to end with another last place in heat 13, but I think I would have got third had I not gone too wide and touched the air fence on the last lap.

“The races in between really pleased me though and it was nice to win my first couple of races for such a great club.

“I’m already loving being a Peterborough rider and the track suits me really well. You just have to turn the throttle on and let the bike go.

“I just need to get a couple of issues with my gating resolved.”

Grondal is gearing up to go into the unknown this weekend when Panthers hit the road for two away dates in the space of 24 hours.

A Saturday (July 25) visit to Workington is followed by a trip further north to big-spending Glasgow on Sunday afternoon (July 26) and he is relishing the challenges posed by the 300m-plus tracks at Derwent Park and Ashfield Stadium respectively.

Grondal added: “There are going to be a lot of tracks that are new to me and it is all part of the learning process.

“I’ve heard a lot about Workington. I know they have a couple of Danes in their team and it is a really big track up there so I’m looking forward to it.

“I have seen some pictures of the Glasgow track and it looks like they are doing a lot of work to make it better this year. I know Anders Thomsen, who used to ride there, very well and I’ll be speaking to him to try to get a bit of advice.”

Grondal, who scored six points in the opening round of the World Under 21 Final 10 days ago, is in his first year of racing professionally after completing his education at the behest of his parents.

“No man can ride speedway forever,” continued Grondal. “And only very few get good enough to reach the top and make money out of the sport.”