KENNETH Bjerre rounded off the perfect week with a bottom of bubbly, a souvenir of his maiden Grand Prix win, an 18-point paid maximum and the East of England Showground track record!
Stand-in skipper Bjerre led Peterborough to their biggest Elite League win of the season as they demolished champions Wolverhampton 57-36.
The tiny Dane, standing in for injured captain Niels-Kristian Iversen was in unstoppable form in a week he will remember for the rest of his life.
Last Saturday he was crowned Swedish Grand Prix Champion as he leapfrogged to the top of the World Championship standings.
And he issued a warning to all his GP rivals that he will take some stopping with a faultless performance on his noisy return to his home track.
Before the meeting he was presented with champagne and a framed photo of his Gothenburg success.
By the end of the night he’d added his first unbeaten performance for more than a year and his name alongside the fastest ever four laps, clipping a tenth of a second off Darcy Ward’s time, lowering the record to 58.9 seconds.
Laughed Bjerre: “I suppose it wasn’t a bad night for me – but the big thing is that we got all three points.” That was only in doubt for the opening two heats and after edging into a four-point lead with a Bjerre-Lewis Bridger maximum in Heat 3, the Readypower Panthers steamed on.
Wolves’ only respite came with a Heat 11 8-1, their only heat advantage all night.
There were other big performances from the home side: Krzysztof Buczkowski, still limping badly with a healing broken foot, celebrated his biggest-ever British score as well as the scalp of GP star Fredrik Lindgren; Lewis Bridger looked brighter than in previous meetings; and newly-signed number eight Craig Cook started off with a race win on his Alwalton debut and completed a successful first night with another three points.
Team boss Trevor Swales: “It was almost the perfect team display. We had 13 race winners and only three last places – you can’t get much better against the champions.
“Kenneth was unstoppable, totally unstoppable but he had magnificent support all down the order and that was definitely our best performance of the season.”
PETERBOROUGH 57 (Rider replacement for Niels-Kristian Iversen, Ales Dryml 3 (0-1-1-1), Lewis Bridger (2-3-1-1-1-0) 8, Kenneth Bjerre 16:2 (2:1-3-3-3-2:1-3), Troy Batchelor 9:1 (2:1-3-3-1-0), Craig Cook 6 (3-E-0-3), Krzysztof Buczkowski 15:1 (1-3-2:1-3-3-3)).
WOLVERHAMPTON 36 (Fredrik Lindgren 15 (3-2-6-2-2), Ty Proctor 5:1 (1-0-2-2:1), Nicolai Klindt 6 (1-1-2-2), Joe Screen 0 (R-0-0-R), Tai Woffinden 7:2 (1-2-2-1:1-1:1), Richard Lawson 0 (0-0-0-0), Ludvig Lindgren 3 (2-0-0-1)).