PREMIERSHIP | HARRIS DROPPED BY PANTHERS
British racer Chris Harris has been axed by SGB Premiership side Peterborough without turning a wheel as the club takes “cost measures”.
18 / 01 / 2019, 17:17
British racer Chris Harris has been axed by SGB Premiership side Peterborough without turning a wheel as the club takes “cost measures” following Keith Chapman’s takeover.
Panthers had completed their team and Bomber was due to line up alongside the likes of Hans Andersen and Craig Cook at the East of England Showground, where he made his Elite League debut in 2002 before returning at Championship level in 2017.
But in a shock statement on Friday afternoon, Panthers revealed Harris has been released, despite a sensational 2018 season which saw him inspire Poole from the bottom of the table to Premiership title success.
Ipswich and King’s Lynn are the only other top-tier sides yet to complete their septet and they are also owned by Chapman, raising questions over whether they will be able to agree terms with Harris.
Panthers are yet to confirm who will replace Bomber, but their statement insisted the move was made “with a heavy heart.”
The statement read: “The sale of Peterborough Speedway Club is now complete and due to unforeseen circumstances the club have released Chris Harris from his 2019 contract.
“It is common that with new ownership (of the club) comes a different business model, and it has been identified that to operate at Premiership level, some cost measures are now required.
“We have not taken this decision lightly, and it is with a heavy heart that we have released Chris. The promotion is working hard to find Chris alternative employment within Premiership speedway, so the British fans can still witness his skill and flair on the track.
“One of our key priorities is to ensure our best endeavours in keeping the club financially sound, so that it has a good chance of many years competing at Premiership level. To achieve this we must first get our foundations firmly in place.
“In addition to having an affordable team we are completely focused on giving the Peterborough fans, sponsors and stakeholders a team to be proud of and a team that has the play-offs firmly in its sights this year. We expect to be able to announce a new rider during next week.
“We look forward to an exciting season of action at the East of England Arena with Peterborough back where we belong - in the top level of the sport on one of the fastest and most thrilling tracks in the world.
“The club will be making no further comment at this stage.”