Photo: Kevin Goodacre
But he’s back for the toughest part of the season – as the race to finish in the top four and get through to the title play-offs really hots up. Neils said – “I’ve never been out as long as that and it was a frustrating time, particularly when we lost. “I looked at some of the results and I’m sure they would’ve been different if I’d been fit and scoring points so I owe everyone at the club.” While Peterborough maintained their 100% home record in Puk’s absence they missed him badly on their travels. They failed to pick up a point in the six away matches he missed and that left them hovering around the playoff cut-off position. Photo: Kevin Goodacre
PANTHERS SKIPPER AIMING FOR THE TOP
“We have a fairly quiet July so that will give me a chance to get fully race fit again,” said Niels, “but then we have a make-or-break August.” “I’m sure the team we’ve got is good enough to win the Elite League title this year – we just have to make sure we make the top four and we all start again.” Panthers have only four meetings in July and three of them are at the East of England Showground. But it’s a tough spell with runaway league leaders Poole and defending champions Wolverhampton among the visitors.
Skipper Niels-Kristian Iversen has set his sights on a league title – to make up for the longest lay-off of his career. And the Denmark star has vowed to make up for lost time as Peterborough go into the second half of their Elite League campaign.
Friday, July 16 v Swindon, Elite League, 7.30pm Monday, July 19 v Poole, Elite League, 7.30pm Thursday, July 22 v Wolverhampton, Elite League, 7.30pm. Log on to www.peterboroughspeedway.co.uk for confirmation of all fixtures.
Photos: Terry Harris
Iversen, who lives with his partner Laura at their new home in Hampton, missed more than seven weeks of Panthers’ season with a shattered shoulder blade.
CYCLISTS ON TOUR atmosphere and brilliant to see it on the tele on ITV4 later.
It was great to see the city centre buzzing with music and crowds when the Halfords Tour Series cycling race hit Peterborough. Ten professional teams took part racing through the city streets and Cathedral Square at high speed. It’s just the sort of thing we need to create a bit of after hours www.es p m ag .co.u k ( July )
Peterborough cyclist Ben Price competed with the Cycle Premier team and told ESP – “I found the circuit tough and the speed was very high. There was a great turn out from the local people and they really created a great atmosphere.” One of the organisers from the city council, Stuart Hamilton estimated there were up to 10,000 people there throughout the day
as the events kicked off at 2pm. “It was a great success and made the city centre very vibrant,” said Stuart. “The more events like this we can have the better as it helps put Peterborough on the map. It was a lot of work but well worth it.” The good news is it should be back next year – the organisers and the cycling teams all want to return to Peterborough but as ever things will depend on sponsorship so fingers crossed.
Published on Jul 1, 2010