Ulrich will benefit from a rest as the skipper

Panthers owner Ged Rathbone believes the time is right for a change of captaincy.

Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 2:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 2:50 pm
Ulrich Ostergaard.

Rathbone feels Danish racer Ulrich Ostergaard will benefit from focusing on his own performances during 2018 after a four-year stint in the role.

He reckons Simon Lambert is the natural successor for the new campaign and expects him to excel in the role.

Rathbone said: “We feel Ulrich is at a stage of his career where he needs to concentrate on his own riding after being captain for four seasons.

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“It’s time to give someone else an opportunity and we feel it will benefit Ulrich and the team as a whole.

“Simon is a great character in the pits. He always has plenty to say and has the makings of a very good captain.

“He’s very settled at Peterborough. He loves riding for his local club, we have a good working relationship and we feel that being captain is the natural progression for him.

“Simon was thrilled to even be considered – let alone be handed the captaincy.”

Lambert has previous captaincy experience at Boston in the third tier of the sport. He also skippered Sheffield for a couple of meetings in 2011 and stood in for Panthers towards the end of the 2015 season when Ostergaard was injured.