SWINDON ROBINS: Kildemand not getting carried away after European podium
DANE Peter Kildemand is refusing to get carried away despite his latest success during the opening round of the European Championship (SEC) at the weekend.
Fresh from making the final of the Danish GP as a wildcard a week ago, Kildemand powered to second place in Gustrow on Sunday to ensure he stood on the podium alongside winner Nicki Pedersen and Pole Janusz Kolodziej, who finished third.
Kildemand sits third in the SEC standings after round one ahead of his first trip to Russian track Togliatti in round two on July 20, but is determined to cast all thoughts of a rostrum finish at the end of the series to the back of his mind for now.
“It’s going so well at the moment so I’m really pleased, it’s been a really good week,” he said.
“I said at the start of the season I needed to start doing well in the individual meetings because that’s the next step for me, and it seems to be working so I’m pretty pleased.
“The track (in Gustrow) was hard because if you have gates three or four you had a real advantage, but I know it was the same for everyone. If you had the inside gate it was hard for you to make the start and nothing happened, but it was a good meeting.
“It was a good start but there are three more rounds to go and I’ve never been to Russia before so that could be hard, we’ll have to see how we are after that.
“Hopefully I can do something in Russia and get some points because after that is Czestochowa and Holsted which are tracks I know, if I can do well in Russia then it could be looking good for me.
“I haven’t set any targets but I wanted to make as many finals as I could and then things would be good.”
Kildemand has recently been struggling with his hectic schedule but enjoyed a rare day off yesterday, although he still had to find time to sort his visa for Togliatti.
“It’s been nice to have a day off because usually, at the moment, the only time I get them is when there is a rain-off and there’s still loads of travelling,” he said.
“It’s good to have a proper sleep and that can really help. I try to relax and rest as much as they can, but I’ve had to spend my time sorting out a visa to go to Russia.”
Meanwhile, due to popular demand, the departure time for the coach to the British Grand Prix next Saturday has been brought forward to 10am.
All fans travelling on the coach are asked to be at the County Ground by 9.45am ahead of departure. The coach will return to Swindon 45 minutes after the end of the firework display at the Millennium Stadium.
There are still a very limited number of places on the coach, which will be issued on a first-come first-served basis.
Anyone interested should contact Alun Rossiter on alunrossiter©yahoo.com as soon as possible.