Panthers swoop for Hansen

PETERBOROUGH Speedway have signed Danish youngster Kenneth Hansen on a short term loan to help them through their current injury and selection problems.

PETERBOROUGH Speedway have signed Danish youngster Kenneth Hansen on a short term loan to help them through their current injury and selection problems.

Kenneth comes in to the side as a straight replacement for Rene Bach, who has had to return to Denmark to complete his studies and additionally is struggling with a hand injury suffered after his crash at Lakeside last Friday evening.

The Panthers have re declared their side today and Hansen will be eligible to make his debut on Thursday, as the Panthers host neighbours Ipswich.

Kenneth comes into the side on a GSA of 3.57 on loan from parent club Wolverhampton, he completed 26 meetings for the Wolves in 2008 recording an average of 4.32 including bonus points, an interesting point is that his best away score during that period was at the Showground in May when he recorded a score of paid 11 from the Wolves no 7 berth.

With Claus Vissing on the injured list it was felt that signing Hansen on a short term loan was a better option and would provide more balance to the team at the present moment.

Team Manager Trevor Swales said: “After our run of disappointing results and the loss of both Claus Vissing and Rene Bach we as a club were able to secure the services of talented Dane Kenneth Hansen. Personally I feel that this will boost our scoring potential in the highly important reserve berth. Kenneth has signed for a short term initially; this will allow us to monitor the situation as the two young Danes recover from their injuries. On his last visit to the showground Kenneth scored an impressive 9+2 for Wolves. To have a rider capable of this will help us to hopefully secure our first win in 2009. I am very pleased that Kenneth has agreed to join us to help us out in our hour of need, and thank both him and Wolverhampton for their part in the matter”.

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Promoter Mick Bratley said: “Kenneth has always been in my opinion suited to a bigger track rather than a small one; he had a good meeting at the Showground for Wolves last season. Hopefully his arrival will turn our fortunes around and he will feel at home with some senior Danish guys around him. I'm really pleased he has agreed to join us and at such short notice.”