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SGB PREMIERSHIP | BJARNE LEADS PANTHERS INTO FINAL

Bjarne Pedersen bounced back from an early tapes offence to inspire Peterborough into an SGB Premiership Grand Final with Belle Vue.

07 / 10 / 2021, 22:06

Danish racer Bjarne Pedersen bounced back from an early tapes offence to inspire Peterborough into an SGB Premiership Grand Final showdown with Belle Vue next week.

The table-topping Panthers defeated Wolverhampton 52-38 at the East of England Showground on Monday to triumph 98-82 on aggregate.

But it was not all plain sailing for Peterborough, who found themselves 12-6 down after three races as Wolves threatened to spring a shock.

Pedersen hit the tapes in heat two and was handicapped 15 metres. The double FIM Speedway World Cup winner still finished third in the re-run and went on to rack up 14 paid 15 points from six races to secure what will be his last play-off final in the sport before he retires at the end of the season.

He was well supported by 11 paid 12 from GB star Chris Harris and nine paid 10 from star guest Lewis Kerr.

Aussie racer Ryan Douglas led the Wolves score chart on 11 paid 12, with Sam Masters notching nine paid 10.

In the other semi-final, GB racer Dan Bewley piled up 15 points from six races for Belle Vue as they saw off Sheffield 48-42 to book their place in the Grand Final 98-82 on aggregate.

Despite a last place in his opening outing, Bewley reeled off five straight wins, while Richie Worrall raced to 10 points and Jye Etheridge added nine paid 10.

Aces’ 50-40 win in the first leg at Owlerton ultimately did the damage as Sheffield were level with the Aces at 39-39 as late as heat 13, before the home side pulled clear with a 5-1 and a 4-2.

SGP 2022 first reserve Jack Holder collected 13 for the Tigers, with Josh Pickering scoring seven paid eight.

Belle Vue will host the first leg of the Grand Final on Monday, with Peterborough staging the decider next Thursday.

For full details of the semi-final results and scorers, click here: https://bit.ly/2TwXSFx.

Photo: Taylor Lanning

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