Peter Nahlin


Full name: Jan Erik Peter Nahlin.
Birthplace: Eskilstuna, Sweden.
Birthdate: 1st May 1968.


Career Record with Cradley (one season only)

1994: 26 matches, 132 rides, 263 points + 22 bonus
      Average: 8.64


Peter eventually came to Cradley in 1994, after a couple of previous attempts to sign him had fallen through in preceding years. Even though he had less than one full season in Heathens colours, he made sure of his place in Dudley Wood folklore and legend. He brought not only the necessary heatleader point scoring ability which took the team to the Knock Out Cup Final, but was worth another few points simply with his presence in the pits.

'94 was another Cradley season that had threatened to be torn apart by injury, but in walked Pete Nahlin and turned it around. He is known to rate Dudley Wood as one of his favourite tracks and it was obvious to see why when he scorched time and time again to match winning double figure scores. He formed a partnership with Simon Cross which rejuvinated the Cradley stalwart and reaped numerous maximum heat victories with some telepathic team riding. One of the highlights however must be the terrific 18 point maximum which Peter chalked up on his travels - where else but at Monmore Green against Wolverhampton.

Nahlin has spent the rest of his British career with Swindon and Eastbourne. He hasn't always been a British League regular and has been called upon more than once to bolster these sides midway through the season. He began at Blunsdon in 1988 and despite just six matches that year, managed a debut average of more than 7.50. After three full seasons with the Robins, he was loaned to Eastbourne for two years before his time with Cradley. Since then, he has ridden for both the Eagles and the Robins again, but prefers to concentrate on the Swedish League, where he is based with his young family.

Peter has made three World Team Cup Finals with Sweden, and been capped many times at full and under 21 level. He was World Under 21 Champion in 1988 and Nordic Champ the year before. The final stage of the World Individual Championship has somehow eluded him, although he has appeared several times in the Nordic, Inter-Continental and World Semi-final rounds.

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