KING'S LYNN 43 PANTHERS 47

Friday April 06, 2012
PETERBOROUGH completed a very successful Good Friday with an Elite League double over local rivals King's Lynn.

And for the second time in the day Michael Jepsen Jensen produced a great performance as the Readypower Panthers ended their long unwanted run without an away win.

The talented Dane romped to a 17-point haul which helped his team to their first league victory away from the Showground for over a year.

Super Swede Linus Sundstrom also enjoyed his best pay night of the season so far with a healthy 12+3 contribution and the evening also ended on a positive note for skipper Kenneth Bjerre who had suffered a nightmare day with mechanical problems.

Following on from his four-point return at the Showground in the afternoon he had a similar torrid time with just two-points from three rides before being surprisingly nominated for the last race decider.

But with the scores locked at 42-42 he produced the goods when it mattered as he stormed to a last race 5-1 with Sundstrom to send the Panthers supporters’ home happy.

It followed a tense and exciting night of racing as Panthers led 16-8 after just four races, but the Stars soon fought back to level after Heat 7.

Peterborough responded to go 33-27 ahead following a maximum from Jensen and Sundstrom in Heat 9, only for the Norfolk men to draw level again and take it to a last race climax.

But Bjerre and Sundstrom held their nerve in the decider and finished the night with a stunning maximum against the Stars pairing of Maciej Janowski and Niels-Kristian Iversen.

A delighted Panthers co-boss Jan Staechmann said afterwards: “Michael has had a fantastic day and there was also some other good individual performances, but to be honest the whole day was a real team effort.

“Everyone had a part to play and they all mucked in and helped each other out if they had a problem. We are building a great team spirit here.

“Kenneth has had a difficult day with mechanical problems but we know what he is always capable of which is why we decided to put him in Heat 15.

“And the decision paid off as he made a super start when the pressure was on and his 5-1 with Linus has won us the match.

“It's a great start to our Elite League season after going all last year without an away win.

“We've put that right on opening night and we now look forward to what will be another big test at Lakeside next Friday.”

KING’S LYNN 43: Niels-Kristian Iversen 9+1, David Howe 8+1, Mads Korneliussen 7+1, Kevin Wolbert 7, Maciej Janowski 6+2, Daniel Nermark 5+2, Filip Sitera 1

PETERBOROUGH 47: Michael Jepsen Jensen 17, Linus Sundstrom 12+3, Olly Allen 5, Kenneth Bjerre 5, Jesper B Monberg 4+2, Richard Lawson 3+1, Lasse Bjerre 1


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