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Peterborough stage the Ben Fund Bonanza on March 18, featuring Hans Andersen, Kenneth Bjerre, Chris Harris, Scott Nicholls and Ben Barker.

11 / 01 / 2018, 11:00

Peterborough will stage the 2018 Ben Fund Bonanza on March 18, with former SGP stars Hans Andersen, Kenneth Bjerre, Chris Harris and Scott Nicholls all confirmed starters.

They are joined by Ben Fund stalwart Ben Barker, who retains his ever-present record as the event reaches its 10th year.

The meeting raises vital funds to support riders sidelined temporarily or permanently by injuries sustained on the shale.

I think the Ben Fund do an absolutely brilliant job supporting these guys. It makes the injured riders still feel part of the speedway family and world, which I think is really cool.

Scott Nicholls

And Peterborough boss Ged Rathbone is glad to have brought the event to the East of England Showground for 2018.

He said: “We as a club are over the moon to be staging the Ben Fund Bonanza. We have looked at doing it and talked about doing it for a couple of years, and we’ve finally been given the go-ahead to try and put on a really good show for (Ben Fund organiser) Paul (Ackroyd) and the paying public who come and watch it. We are genuinely over the moon.

“The stadium and facilities are ideal for this type of meeting and the location should be good for supporters from all parts of the country.

"We all know about the Ben Fund and the help it gives, but we don’t necessarily know just how much money is needed – it’s actually quite scary.”

Having received support from the Ben Fund through his own injury issues, Barker is pleased to play his part once again.

He said: “It’s something I agreed to when I first started doing the Ben Fund meetings. I said I’d do the first 10 and I’m here now!

“One of the reasons I’m so keen to support it; they’ve helped me not just last year but in previous years as well. It’s a great cause and that’s why I’m so keen to do my bit for it.

“I’ve got a couple of friends who have bad injuries and have been helped by the Fund, and that does play on my mind. That’s why I look on it as such a good thing.”

Nicholls is also happy to help what he sees as a key support network for injured stars. He said: “It will be a great afternoon for the fans for their first speedway fix of the season. It will be a brilliant meeting; I know that.

“I think the Ben Fund do an absolutely brilliant job supporting these guys. It makes the injured riders still feel part of the speedway family and world, which I think is really cool.

“It just goes to highlight how special and unique the speedway community really is. I don’t think there are many other sports out there that have a support network the same.”


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