Hammers' second chance but Hans is still confident
SWINDON captain Hans Andersen believes Lakeside now have no excuses as they get a second bite of the cherry to make the Elite League play-offs this evening.
The Hammers need to take four points from the meeting to claim fourth place and earn a spot in the play-offs, but before Thursday’s meeting was called off after seven heats they trailed by eight points and were set to miss out.
Andersen believes the visitors will benefit from the seven races they did manage on Thursday but is still confident his side will take victory.
“I think Lakeside will be pleased about it all really because they get another chance, and they don’t really have any excuse if they come next time and don’t do better,” he said.
“They got a few heats in on Thursday but maybe we could go out there and change the track for them now.
“Everyone could see the rain was too hard to race and the visibility was poor, so both teams agreed it was right to call it off.
“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to do the 10 races so we have to come back again, and it’s the final meeting before the cut off so we want to get it done.
“If the score had stood it wouldn’t have felt as bad as the other rain offs, but we will just have to do it again and I’m sure we will.”
Andersen was in action in Gorican on Saturday night in round three of the new Speedway European Championship, but again narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-final.
The Dane finished a point outside the top six which would have been enough for him to earn the right to compete for a place in the final, the third straight meeting in which he has suffered that fate.
The former Grand Prix rider began the night with a second place behind Poole rider Maciej Janowski which he followed up with a third in his next two outings, leaving him an uphill battle to progress.
Andersen kept himself in the hunt with a second behind Freddie Lindgren in his penultimate ride before being passed by Tomasz Gollob in heat 20, and when Martin Vaculik eventually got the better of Jurica Pavlic on the final lap of the same race the Slovakian pipped the Robins skipper to sixth by a point.
Wild card Krzysztof Kasprzak eventually won the meeting ahead of Seb Ulamek, with Nicki Pedersen now a point clear of Tai Woffinden at the top of the championship and two ahead of Gollob.
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