SWINDON ROBINS: Danes want to propel Robins to glory
SWINDON duo Hans Andersen and Peter Kildemand are looking to put their Danish disappointment behind them and ensure the Robins claim the Elite League title.
As well as riding together at Blunsdon the pair are teammates at Fjelsted in their homeland, and after a good season in the Danish Super League they earned themselves a place in a four-team super final against leaders Esbjerg, Holsted and Holstebro 10 days ago.
Andersen and Kildemand’s side needed to win the event with Esbjerg finishing last to overhaul them and claim the title, but 15 points from Niels-Kristian Iversen saw the regular season leaders win on the night, with Fjelsted finishing second in both the super final and overall standings.
The Robins captain was disappointed to miss out on the Danish crown, but is now focusing his attention on Elite League glory with the Robins after also missing out in the Swedish play-offs with Indianerna.
“The top four teams go into a four-team event in Denmark, but the teams carry their points into it which meant we were three points behind anyway making it hard to come back,” he said.
“It was disappointing not to win the title in our home country, and we want to win everything because second place is for the first loser.
“We want to win every competition we are in, and we will be trying hard to do that for Swindon now.
“But we came second with Fjelsted who haven’t had a medal for many years, so it was good to do that for the team.
“Racing with Peter is good because we travel together and things like that, so it is good to be teamed up with each other for organisation reasons.”
But Andersen is not sure if the Danish format would fit well in the British Elite League.
“It could work over here, but I don’t know,” he said.
“It is a different way of doing things and it is a good way to finish the season off in my opinion because you can gather supporters from all four clubs.
“But not every team gets a home leg that way, and in the finals here you get big crowds and that equals money.”
Kildemand top scored for Fjelsted on the night with 10, but now is focussed on going one better with the Robins.
“We were close to winning in Denmark but second was okay and the silver medal was good,” he said.
“But that is gone now, and we need to get gold here now.
“It is always good to have a medal, but gold is the best and that is what we want for Swindon.”
For Andersen, though, the next challenge is tonight’s Nordic Grand Prix at Vojens in Denmark, and the Dane knows he is running out of time if he is going to finish in the top eight and secure his sport for next season.
“The way Antonio (Lindback) is going, it doesn’t look like he’s going to drop out of the top eight. It doesn’t look too promising at the moment. But I’m going to plug away, hopefully put in a performance in the next two GPs and you never know.
“I’ve still got the GP Challenge and it would be a confidence boost to go there with a good result in the bag from Vojens.
“The Challenge is not easy because there are some very good riders in that one. I can only go there with an open mind and do my best – you can’t do any more than that.”