City quartet were excellent to a man
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.