Iversen fin­ishes fifth on his re­turn

SPEEDWAY: Iversen, Batch­e­lor and Sch­lein all qual­ify for the semi-fi­nal stage

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Et Sport - by MARK PLUM­MER

PAN­THERS skip­per Niels Kris­tian Iversen made a suc­cess­ful re­turn from in­jury on a great World Cham­pi­onship week­end for the club’s rid­ers.

The Dan­ish ace, a GP reg­u­lar back in 2006 and 2008, safely ne­go­ti­ated his way through a tough field in a first round qual­i­fier at Fjel­sted, Den­mark in his first meet­ing af­ter a near six-week lay-off with a bro­ken shoul­der blade.

Iversen claimed two vic­to­ries on his way to 10 points – good enough for a fifth place on a day when the first nine fin­ish­ers ad­vanced to the semi-fi­nal stage of the qual­i­fy­ing pro­gramme.

He said: “I had a few nerves in the prac­tice ses­sion be­fore the meet­ing, but ev­ery­thing went well. In fact I was bet­ter than I thought it would be.

“My shoul­der didn’t give me any prob­lems when I was out on the bike and it also felt pretty good yes­ter­day af­ter the meet­ing.

“I scored points in ev­ery race and I now feel I am ready to re­turn to rac­ing for my clubs.

“I just need to get meet­ings un­der my belt which will hope­fully mean I get sharper and stronger.”

Iversen will now line-up in one of three semi-fi­nals which are be­ing staged at Lonigo in Italy, Ostrow in Poland and Togli­atti in Rus­sia on July 3.

Also through to that stage are Pan­thers’ Aussie duo of Troy Batch­e­lor and Rory Sch­lein.

Big win­ter sign­ing Batch­e­lor notched nine points for a com­fort­able top-six fin­ish at Miskolc in Hun­gary, where Pan­thers’ as­sets Ales and Lukas Dryml were sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

But Batch­e­lor’s coun­try­man, for­mer Show­ground track record­holder and reign­ing World Un­der 21 cham­pion Darcy Ward was a sur­prise ca­su­alty.

Over in Italy, Sch­lein was third be­hind Simon Stead and Martin Smolin­ski at Teren­zano to make sure of his place in the last 48.

Re­cent ar­rival Sch­lein fin­ished one point adrift of Stead and was then sec­ond to his old Coven­try pal Smolin­ski in a four-rider run-off for sec­ond place.

Pan­thers man Krzysztof Buczkowski with­drew from his qual­i­fier in Balakovo af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing his bro­ken foot in a crash at Wolver­hamp­ton last Mon­day.

Buczkowski un­der­went hos­pi­tal tests dur­ing last week and the Pol­ish rider was ad­vised not to risk fur­ther in­jury by tak­ing a 13-hour flight to Rus­sia.

IM­PRES­SIVE DIS­PLAY: Rory Sch­lein.

TWO WINS: Niels Kris­tian Iversen made a pleas­ing re­turn from in­jury.

NINE POINTS: Troy Batch­e­lor.

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