SPEEDWAY: Hans Andersen and Kenneth Bjerre back at Alwalton

Peterborough Panthers will launch the 2018 season by staging a major meeting.

Thursday, 11th January 2018, 7:59 am
Updated Thursday, 11th January 2018, 8:09 am
Hans Andersen.

The city club host the Ben Fund Bonanza - the now traditional curtain-raiser to the British campaign - for the first time on Sunday, March 18 (2pm start).

And the individual event at the East of England Arena is set to feature a stellar cast headline by a host of popular former Panthers riders.

Danish stars Hans Andersen and Kenneth Bjerre - two of the finest riders to represent the club during the modern era - are confirmed starters along with British racer Chris Harris, who helped Panthers to an SGB Championship KO Cup and Fours honours double last season.

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Kenneth Bjerre.

Ben Barker, who guested in the second leg of the KO Cup Final triumph against Ipswich, is also ready to appear at Alwalton along with seven-time British champion Scott Nicholls - a man widely rumoured to become Panthers’ number one for this year.

Panthers owner Ged Rathbone said: “We’re over the moon to be staging the Ben Fund Bonanza. We looked at and talked about holding it for a couple of years and it is great to finally be given the go-ahead.

“Our stadium and facilities are ideal for this type of event, and the location should be good for supporters from all over the country. We’ll try to put on a good show for the Ben Fund and the paying public.”

It is the 10th anniversary staging of the Ben Fund Bonanza, which is a major fundraiser for the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund (SRBF).

Chris Harris.

The fund offers support and financial assistance to riders who have been seriously injured, forced into long-term sickness from their regular work, or had their lives devastated as a result of crashes while racing for British teams.

SRBF chairman Paul Ackroyd, who is the driving force behind the Ben Fund Bonanza, said: “I’m thrilled that the meeting will be at such an excellent venue. We have big plans and intend to make this a real fun day for the supporters.”

Panthers are no strangers to staging major meetings. The SGB Championship Fours is usually held at Alwalton every year.

Kenneth Bjerre.
Chris Harris.