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GP CHALLENGE: Andersen admits he needs to get lucky
SWINDON skipper Hans Andersen knows he will need a thick slice of luck if he is to seal his Grand Prix return in Poole today.
The Dane is one of 16 riders lining up for the prestigious Grand Prix Challenge at Wimborne Road, with the top three earning seeded spots into next year’s series.
Andersen will have to beat the likes of Swindon teammate Troy Batchelor, Niels Kristian Iversen, Krzysztof Kasprzak and Matej Zagar to earn a return to the series and is fully aware everything needs to go right on the day if he is to succeed.
“I’m going to do my best, but it’s going to be a very difficult meeting because there are so many top performers in there and you can afford for very little to go wrong,” he said.
“It’s only the top three who can get in and you need to be on form on the day, and you need to get a good bit of luck in terms of gate draws and who you race in which race.
“It would be nice to return to the GP stage because I have done well there in the past, but at the same time I’ve done the European Championship this year and I’ve enjoyed that so it’s given me a similar thing.
“It’s nice to be there because you’re racing as an individual and doing it for yourself, and you’re also able to prove yourself as an individual.
“It’s just another meeting and there are opponents who need to be beaten just like always, but you need to score some points in every race and then hopefully I will have enough to be in the top three.”
Andersen will be back at Wimborne Road on Monday when he is in Elite League action for the Robins against Poole, and is a little frustrated the two meetings are not the other way round so he can get used to the track.
“It would have been nice if we had the league meeting with Poole before this meeting instead of after it, because then we could have the setup already from the league match,” he said.
“We have practice there at 12pm on Saturday, so that should all be fine and the things we work on will be good.”
Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand will also be representing Swindon in the event, with Australian Batchelor looking to make up for last year’s disappointment after he missed out on a GP berth in a prolonged series of run-offs in Gorican.
Kildemand has earned his place in the Challenge courtesy of an injury to Przemyslaw Pawlicki and Aleksandr Loktaev’s visa problems, and will ride despite suffering a knock in the Robins’ loss to Belle Vue on Thursday night.
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