City quar­tet were ex­cel­lent to a man

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Peter­bor­ough Pan­thers were writ­ten off and slagged off - but that didn’t stop them car­ry­ing off the SGB Cham­pi­onship Fours tro­phy on a su­per Sun­day at the East of Eng­land Arena.

The city team were deemed to have no chance of suc­cess by many af­ter al­low­ing their num­ber one - Jack Holder - to miss the an­nual event so that he could ride in Poland.

But the de­pleted Pan­thers team roared to an em­phatic suc­cess in a meet­ing fea­tur­ing some sim­ply sen­sa­tional racing in front of a crowd es­ti­mated to be in the re­gion of 3,000.

The quar­tet of Chris Har­ris, Ul­rich Oster­gaard, Paul Starke and late call-up Si­mon Lam­bert were ex­cel­lent to a man as they ended a wait of more than a decade for team hon­ours by wrap­ping up vic­tory in the fi­nal with two races to spare.

Starke sealed glory with a fence-brush­ing tri­umph in heat 10 af­ter the mag­nif­i­cent Har­ris had gone un­beaten on the day.

The for­mer Bri­tish Grand Prix hero won both his rides in the first semi-fi­nal as Pan­thers took sec­ond place to fol­low Sh­effield through into the show­piece - the first of them com­ing com­plete with a new SGB Cham­pi­onshiplevel track record of 58.6 sec­onds.

And he con­tin­ued his rich vein of form in the fi­nal with three more mar­vel­lous wins.

Skip­per Oster­gaard was also su­perb as he dropped only one point at the semi­fi­nal stage be­fore reel­ing off a hat-trick of heat wins in the fi­nal it­self.

Starke was his usual solid self with a run of third places be­fore tak­ing the win­ning ride, while Lam­bert de­liv­ered a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of his own af­ter only learn­ing he would be play­ing a full part in the meet­ing late on Satur­day night af­ter Bradley Wil­son-Dean was left nurs­ing a hand in­jury fol­low­ing a crash for his SGB Premier­ship side, Swin­don.

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