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SWINDON ROBINS: A great Dane in waiting?
SWINDON team manager Alun Rossiter believes tonight’s Danish Grand Prix could be the start of good things to come for Robins rider Peter Kildemand.
The in-form Dane has been handed the first reserve berth for his home GP at Parken in Copenhagen, and will take to the track if any of the meeting’s main 16 riders touch the tapes or can’t start a heat due to illness or injury.
Rossiter thinks Kildemand had a claim for the meeting wild card handed to Peterborough’s Michael Jepsen Jensen, and although he believes his rider could have a future on the world stage, urged him not to get carried away.
“Peter has been superb for us this season, and he deserves to be involved in the meeting although I am not sure if he will actually get on the track or not,” Rossiter said.
“I think there could have been an argument for him getting the full wild card for the meeting, but the Danes have been known for making strange decisions and it really should have gone to Niels Kristian Iversen in my opinion.
“If Peter carries on going as he has been he will have a chance because he is a young guy and I am sure there will be plenty more chances ahead for him, although that is all up to him.”
Robins captain Hans Andersen will also be riding in front of his home crowd, and will be looking to impress in a meeting he won as a wild card in 2006.
The Dane has struggled so far in the series, but Rossiter believes his skipper could bounce back at Parken.
“Hans has been struggling a bit and has been having a few problems, but Danish riders always come to the forefront here because they get fired up like we do for the British GP.
“He has done well for us this season although he could have scored a few more points on Wednesday night against Poole, but we can’t be too critical because he was not the only one.
“I am sure he will be really keen to do well in this one because it is his home GP, and hopefully he will be successful.”
Rossiter will be at tonight’s meeting as part of Chris Harris’ pit crew, and is hopeful the Brit’s form can pick up.
“Chris won his last heat in Sweden which was his first of the season, so that could be very important for him.
“He has struggled a bit but hopefully he has turned a corner now, and I am sure we have moved forward.
“In the week after Gothenburg he scored 54 points in all his league racing, so that shows he is in good form.”