Tuesday June 26, 2018
PETERBOROUGH reserve Tom Bacon is in the form of his career as the countdown continues to Friday’s showdown with Lakeside at the East of England Arena.

Bacon, in his second season of Championship racing, contributed 12+2 in the T.Balfe Construction Panthers’ 50-40 win at Scunthorpe earlier this month, and followed up with 9+2 in the 48-42 victory at Redcar – taking some major scalps in the process.

With Danish star Michael Palm Toft dropping just two points in eleven rides across those meetings and contributions flowing from elsewhere in the team, Panthers have reached the halfway stage of their league campaign on top of the table.

And Bacon has more than played his part in that achievement, having recovered superbly from a tough weekend against Glasgow earlier this month which included a point-less visit to Ashfield.

He said: “It’s really difficult. You spend all day the day before getting your bikes ready, travel for six hours, get harshly excluded in your first ride and then don’t have a programmed ride after that!

“It feels very tough when that happens, and then I had an engine go at Birmingham after that, so sometimes it feels like it’s a bit of a slog. But if you keep doing the right things, I always believe it will go right in the end.

“Ged (Rathbone) gives me a call every now and again, and he did that after the Glasgow meetings, which really boosted my confidence.

“They could see it had been a tough couple of meetings for me as the rides I’d been given weren’t the easiest, but they have to do what’s right for the team as a whole.

“But I got my mind sorted, and to go out and do what I’ve been doing has just given me all the belief again.

“Everyone can love you after a good meeting, but we don’t get too down after a bad meeting and don’t get too excited after a good one.

“But what it does show is that I can do it, and as I get more experience hopefully it will happen more often.”

Panthers continue to monitor the fitness of Ulrich Ostergaard ahead of Friday’s huge clash with the Hammers.

The Dane crashed out of the win over Ipswich last time out at the East of England Arena and his participation against Lakeside is unclear at this stage.

Should Ostergaard be ruled out, Panthers have the option of either a guest or the rider-replacement facility to cover for him.

They also defend their Championship Fours title at Redcar on Sunday (2pm) with Scott Nicholls, Ostergaard, Palm Toft and Bradley Wilson-Dean listed as their quartet and Ellis Perks named as reserve.

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