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SWINDON ROBINS: Loose seat costs Andersen dear
SWINDON skipper Hans Andersen was left to rue the ‘most expensive seat ever’ as he saw his chance of Elite League Riders Championship glory slip away in bizarre fashion on Saturday night.
After negotiating a tough semi-final at a wet Blunsdon the Dane made a lightning start in the final at his home track to lead into the first corner but was unable to finish the race after his seat fell off his bike just after the start.
King’s Lynn rider Rory Schlein eventually triumphed and walked away with the £5,000 first prize in difficult conditions but Andersen was left cursing his bad luck.
“My seat fell off after the start and it’s probably the most expensive seat ever because it probably cost me £5,000 because I was away,” he said.
“It’s a bit difficult when you can’t sit down and that’s never happened before and the boys got lucky. It was only after the first corner I found I didn’t have a seat so what could I do?
“It was difficult early on in the meeting but everyone worked together and got it sorted and they did a good job.
“Everyone got on with it and did well, but that is a very expensive seat because it cost me £5,000 and that would pay for 30 seats.
“The fans had to pay £25 so I feel sorry for them, but once we got the track graded it was okay and the racing was decent towards the end of the meeting.”
Andersen’s Swindon teammates Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand were also competing at the Abbey Stadium, with Batchelor knocked out in the semi-final while Kildemand’s exclusion in his final regular ride of the night cost him his place.
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