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Ben Fund Bonanza returns to Leicester
Redcar event cancelled
Redcar the venue for Bonanza 10 on 7th October
Now Iversen and Morris commit to Peterborough
Thursday 25th January 2018
by Mike Hunter
Locally-based Danish star Niels Kristian Iversen will be taking his place in this year's Ben Fund Bonanza at Peterborough on 18th March.
Also announced for the event is the 2015 winner and Swindon no. 1 Nick Morris.

With more star names promised it appears that the organisers are living up to their intention to make this the best Bonanza lineup for ages. It will be Iversen's fourth Bonanza (2010, 2011, 2012) and Morris's third though the Aussie has the better record with 13 points each time and a victory at the Swindon staging.

Iversen said "I've ridden in the Bonanza three times though I can't remember the years. I think it's always good to help collecting money for injured riders who are going through difficult times. I'm always happy to try and do my part.

"I hope I can bring in some fans from King's Lynn and I've ridden for Peterborough some time ago as well, my most recent season for them was 2010. I've ridden Peterborough many times and it's always a pretty fun track to race on. I'm locally based as well so it is very good to start the season with a meeting like that."

Although he finished last season on the injured list he added "I haven't had to use the Fund myself but you never know what the future brings! It's a good thing to do the meeting, you've got to try and help each other. I always appreciate if you get some money when you are injured. If we can collect some money and keep the ball rolling then it's the right thing to do.

"I injured my shoulder in Poland last year and I'm still recovering from that. It's been a pretty rough time but I am on the right path now. I'm aiming to come back strong from the beginning of the season, that's the only thing that's on my mind now. I'll have everything dialled in for the start of the season."

Iversen has his teams lined up for the forthcoming season though he hinted at a further announcement to come. "In Poland I have switched to Torun, and to Eskilstuna in Sweden. I'm staying with Esbjerg, and there might be more. So I will be busy! But I'm only reserve on the Grand Prix so I am not sure how many of those I am going to do. I will probably do the GP qualifiers, I'm still disappointed that I didn't get picked for the series and have to go through these qualifiers. But I got injured and that's racing, I'm going to get back."

The field now stands at Kenneth Bjerre, Hans Andersen, Bjarne Pedersen and Niels Kristian Iversen (Denmark), Chris Harris, Scott Nicholls and Danny King (UK), plus Aussie Nick Morris. It has still to be confirmed whether Krzysztof Kasprzak will be competing though he was mentioned last week, and there are other big names expected.

Ged Rathbone is also extending an invite to all former riders to come to Peterborough on 18th March. "I want to see a large turn-out of ex-riders for the fans to meet. I just ask that each of them makes a donation in the bucket to the fund.

"I have asked Laurence Rogers to organise this as he knows many of them himself and he will list them for the entrance gate and ensure they are looked after and meet the fans. Riders can e-mail him at : laurencerogers@blueyonder.co.uk or text him on 07801429304. I know he assists Paul Ackroyd at the Ben Fund meetings and will be his usual busy self but he has willingly agreed to co-ordinate this on my behalf. So come on you ex-riders get yourself to the Showground on Sunday March 18th as we raise as much as we can for the Ben Fund , which assists injured riders and those who are in wheelchairs following track crashes."

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