BRUMMIES' BOUNTY HUNTER
Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen has no intention of leaving Birmingham empty-handed as he bids to make up for his Eastbourne title woe.
13 / 02 / 2012, 14:56
Grand Prix star Bjarne Pedersen has no intention of leaving another club empty-handed as he bids to make up for his Eastbourne title disappointment at Birmingham this season.
The Danish international has enjoyed a glittering career in the British Elite League and has won every major trophy available to him, including three titles, three Knockout Cups and one ELRC. He also won the Premier League title with his first club Newcastle in 2001.
After nine straight seasons at Poole, he left Dorset for Eastbourne last winter and led the Eagles into the play-off final.
Pedersen’s men lost out to Pirates over two legs and, following his SGP qualification for 2012, he was not offered a new deal at the Saturday night track.
The 33-year-old was dejected to see his record of winning trophies at every British club he has represented end.
And he doesn’t want to complete his two-year deal at Birmingham without lifting some silverware.
Hopefully I can bring something which can lift the whole club and the team up to the play-offs. That must be the first goal.
He said: “Birmingham struggled at the wrong end of the table last year, but hopefully I can bring something which can lift the whole club and the team up to the play-offs. That must be the first goal.
“To be fair, I’m a little disappointed not to win any silverware with Eastbourne because I did it with Newcastle and Poole.
“I was very close with Eastbourne as well and getting them into the play-off final after nine years of missing out was good. But hopefully I’ll have even more luck with Birmingham.”
Pedersen, who races in the season-opening Ben Fund Bonanza at Perry Barr on March 11, has very little previous experience of racing at his new home track.
But he had no qualms about committing to the Brummies. He said: “To be fair, I only raced once at Birmingham last year, but there were a few people urging me to take their contract.
“They offered me an okay deal as well, and I found what I was looking for when I spoke to (promoter) Graham (Drury). They looked after me. I thought it would be the place to spend a season or two.”