Panthers end hard fought win

PUBLISHED: 10:49 03 July 2009 | UPDATED: 15:34 04 March 2010

Elite League B

Peterborough Panthers 48 Eastbourne Eagles 42

Peterborough ended their recent barren run with a hard fought 6 point win over Eastbourne with reserve Claus Vissing storming to a paid 19 return.

Elite League B

Peterborough Panthers 48 Eastbourne Eagles 42

Peterborough ended their recent barren run with a hard fought 6 point win over Eastbourne with reserve Claus Vissing storming to a paid 19 return.

Nevertheless the recent problem over a lack of heat winners surfaced again as Panthers could only provide 6 race winners against the Eagles 9 with the Peterborough heat leaders struggling to compete against their counterparts at the starts.

In fact it was solely down to a complete lack of support from the reserves that Eastbourne didn't take anymore than 1 point away from the Showground, because their top 4 were excellent value with Panthers asset Lukas Dryml showing only to well that he still remembered the fastest way around Alwalton with an impressive 15 point haul.

But Panthers all round strength deservedly won through in the end although for the 6th time this year at the Showground they conceded a 5-1 in the first heat.

Bager and Vissing immediately made amends with their own maximum version in heat 2 but the Eagles showed they meant business with Watt and Woodward storming away in the third.

A good first corner saw Bjerre pull away to lead heat 4 and with Vissing just getting the better of an early scrap with Dryml it was level again at 12 points apiece.

Korneliussen made amends of his pointless first ride to power into the lead in 5 but it looked like honours even as Hansen was pegged at the back after 2 laps, nevertheless he kept to the task and picked off first Woodward and then stormed around Bridger to the delight of the stand.

Dryml made a good start to lead the 6th but his team mate Gustafsson didn't and a close encounter with the airfence on bend 2 ended his race, although Dryml again jetted away to win the rerun despite early pressure from Iversen.

Watt ensured the Eagles kept up the pressure by pegging back Bjerre in heat 7 and Eastbourne closed the gap to 2 with Woodward winning the 9th and Gustafsson taking advantage of Bagers reluctance to come off the white line by passing him on lap 4.

Heat 9 was another shared heat but Vissing signalled his return to form with a great win over Dryml in the last race before the interval with Iversen just getting going in time after both him and Watt had shut off after a ragged start.

Vissing was at it again in the 11th this time holding off Bridger, but Bjerre was unable to make any impression on the Eagles pairing as he was pegged at the rear.

The first real bit of daylight arrived in heat 12 as Korneliussen again made a good start, with star of the show Vissing joining him at the front to stretch the Panthers lead to 8.

Any hopes of extending that even further evaporated in the 13th as Iversen trailing at the rear disappeared under the 4th bend airfence after over cooking it trying to get on terms, in the rerun the Eagles pair gated again but Bjerre managed to split them to restrict the Eastbourne advantage.

Watt ensured a last heat decider with a fine win in the 14th and Dryml made sure that the Eagles didn't go home empty handed by winning the finale.

Team Manager Wayne Swales summed up the general feeling very well as he said “I know we won but it felt like a point lost rather than two gained.

Peterborough: Iversen 4+1, Dryml r/r, Komeliussen 7+1, Hansen 8+1, Bjerre 9, Bager 5+2, Vissing 15+4.

Eastbourne: Bridger 7, Woodward 8+3, Watt 10, Norris r/r, Dryml 15, Kling 1, Gustafssor 1.

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