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- Swindon's Hans Andersen, Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand miss out on a spot in the Grand Prix Series at Poole.
- Niels-Kristian Iversen, Krzysztof Kasprzak and Kenneth Bjerre earn a GP place, with Martin Smolinski in fourth
- FINAL SCORES: Vaclav Milik (1-2-1-1-FX) 5; Maciej Janowski (2-1-2-0-2) 7; Krzysztof Kasprzak (3-2-2-2-3) 12; Peter Kildemand (0-0-0-FX-R) 0; Timo Lahti (1-0-0-0-1) 2; Hans Andersen (2-0-2-3-0) 7; Kenneth Bjerre (3-1-2-2-3) 11; Troy Batchelor (0-2-3-1-3) 9; Danny King (2-3-1-1-0) 7; Niels-Kristian Iversen (3-3-3-3-1) 13; Tomas H Jonasson (1-0-0-2-3) 6; Michael Jepsen Jensen (0-3-3-0-1) 7; Piotr Pawlicki (0-1-1-3-2) 7; Martin Smolinski (3-2-0-3-2) 10; Chris Harris (2-3-1-2-2) 10; Daniel Nermark (1-1-3-1-1) 7.
Thats it for tonight, but join us again on Monday for all the action and reaction from tonight's meeting and a preview of Monday's visit to Poole.
Robins captain Hans Andersen was disappointed not to seal his GP return, and blamed the fact he was twice forced to go off gate four.
"I had gate four twice and it didn't help, and it was a killer because there was only one heat win from there," he said.
"There's no excuse because if you are going to qualify you have to do it off every gate, but I was in the races and I was competitive.
"It's frustrating because I felt I had a good chance and I ride well here, but it was just one of those days."
Robins boss Alun Rossiter was here tonight and fighting Chris Harris' corner for a run-off after both he and Martin Smolinski ended on 10. With Niels-Kristian Iversen seemingly destined for a top eight GP finish fourth place tonight is likely to be enough to make it in, but with no provision for a run-off to decide a place outside the top three Smolinski takes it having had more heat wins.
Troy Batchelor wasn't keen to talk after suffering his second GP Challenge disappointment in two years, but simply said: "It's not about bad luck, I wasn't good enough."
Reaction to follow in the next few minutes.
FINAL SCORES: Vaclav Milik (1-2-1-1-FX) 5; Maciej Janowski (2-1-2-0-2) 7; Krzysztof Kasprzak (3-2-2-2-3) 12; Peter Kildemand (0-0-0-FX-R) 0; Timo Lahti (1-0-0-0-1) 2; Hans Andersen (2-0-2-3-0) 7; Kenneth Bjerre (3-1-2-2-3) 11; Troy Batchelor (0-2-3-1-3) 9; Danny King (2-3-1-1-0) 7; Niels-Kristian Iversen (3-3-3-3-1) 13; Tomas H Jonasson (1-0-0-2-3) 6; Michael Jepsen Jensen (0-3-3-0-1) 7; Piotr Pawlicki (0-1-1-3-2) 7; Martin Smolinski (3-2-0-3-2) 10; Chris Harris (2-3-1-2-2) 10; Daniel Nermark (1-1-3-1-1) 7.
1st: Niels-Kristian Iversen
2nd: Krzyzsztof Kasprzak
3rd: Kenneth Bjerre
No run-off here between Smolinski and Harris who both finish on 10, meaning Smolinski is almost certainly in GP on heat wins assuming Iversen makes top eight in the series.
So Smolinski's second place means Kenneth Bjerre is a Grand Prix rider once again.
Heat 20: Jonasson, Smolinski, Lahti, Kildemand R; 60.58
Jonasson gates and Smolinski can’t catch him. Kildemand retires.
Smolinski can force a run-off with Bjerre if he wins the last heat.
Heat 19: Kasprzak, Pawlicki, Jepsen Jensen, Andersen; 60.52
Andersen can’t get over from gate four, and despite having the speed his meeting is over.
Last chance saloon now for Hans, he is against KK, Jepsen Jensen and Pawlicki. Must win.
Heat 18: Bjerre, Janowski, Nermark, King; 61.0
Bjerre wins from the gate.
Heat 17 (re-run): Batchelor, Harris, Iversen, Milik FX; 60.97
After Milik’s crash and exclusion, Batchelor an electric gate and wins to give himself a chance.
Troy now has no rider inside him for this race as he goes off gate two, and needs to make the most of it.
Batchelor was really unhappy with that stoppage. Both he and Bomber fancied the win there.
Milik hits the deck and the red lights are on. Batch and Harris battling for first ahead of Iversen at the time of the stoppage.
Batchelor out against Iversen in heat 17, and must win to have the slightest chance.
SCORES AFTER FOUR SERIES: Scores in order.
Niels-Kristian Iversen (3-3-3-3) 12; Krzysztof Kasprzak (3-2-2-2) 9; Kenneth Bjerre (3-1-2-2) 8; Martin Smolinski (3-2-0-3) 8; Chris Harris (2-3-1-2) 8; Hans Andersen (2-0-2-3) 7; Danny King (2-3-1-1) 7; Troy Batchelor (0-2-3-1) 6; Daniel Nermark (1-1-3-1) 6; Michael Jepsen Jensen (0-3-3-0) 6; Vaclav Milik (1-2-1-1) 5; Maciej Janowski (2-1-2-0) 5; Piotr Pawlicki (0-1-1-3) 5; Tomas H Jonasson (1-0-0-2) 3; Timo Lahti (1-0-0-0) 1; Peter Kildemand (0-0-0-FX) 0.
SCORES AFTER FOUR SERIES: Vaclav Milik (1-2-1-1) 5; Maciej Janowski (2-1-2-0) 5; Krzysztof Kasprzak (3-2-2-2) 9; Peter Kildemand (0-0-0-FX) 0; Timo Lahti (1-0-0-0) 1; Hans Andersen (2-0-2-3) 7; Kenneth Bjerre (3-1-2-2) 8; Troy Batchelor (0-2-3-1) 6; Danny King (2-3-1-1) 7; Niels-Kristian Iversen (3-3-3-3) 12; Tomas H Jonasson (1-0-0-2) 3; Michael Jepsen Jensen (0-3-3-0) 6; Piotr Pawlicki (0-1-1-3) 5; Martin Smolinski (3-2-0-3) 8; Chris Harris (2-3-1-2) 8; Daniel Nermark (1-1-3-1) 6.
Heat 16 (re-run): Andersen, Harris, King, Kildemand FX; 61.41
After Kildemand crashes out the first staging, Andersen just pips a charging Harris on the line.
Harris was leading Andersen at the time of the stoppage, but they will have to do it all again. A win from the Robins' Dane could haul him back into the race. Maybe.
Nothing visibly wrong with the Dane, but he is moving very gingerly.
Peter's up and on his feet walking back to the pits.
Kildemand hits the deck for the second time tonight, and is now getting a bit of treatment. He's been excluded.
That's enough for Iversen now.
Heat 15: Iversen, Kasprzak, Nermark, Lahti; 60.41
Easy again from Iversen, and he’s all-but there.
Is that the end of Batchelor's bid now? Sadly I would say yes.
Heat 14: Pawlicki, Jonasson, Batchelor, Janowski; 60.3
Batchelor snakes from the tapes, and although he can pass Janowski that’s all he can manage.
Batchelor goes in white against Janowski, Pawlicki and Jonasson. Another must win.
Heat 13: Smolinski, Bjerre, Milik, Jepsen Jensen;
Smolinski sends the strong German support wild with a win from the tapes, as Milik slips behind Bjerre.
Back after the interval, with Bjerre, Jepsen Jensen, Smolinski and Milik.
It would take a brave man not to back Iversen from here, but he will almost certainly claim a top eight place in the GP meaning whoever finishes fourth here tonight could make the series.
PERFECT: Niels-Kristian Iversen
A 15 minute interval now.
SCORES AFTER THREE SERIES: Vaclav Milik (1-2-1) 4; Maciej Janowski (2-1-2) 5; Krzysztof Kasprzak (3-2-2) 7; Peter Kildemand (0-0-0) 0; Timo Lahti (1-0-0) 1; Hans Andersen (2-0-2) 4; Kenneth Bjerre (3-1-2) 6; Troy Batchelor (0-2-3) 5; Danny King (2-3-1) 6; Niels-Kristian Iversen (3-3-3) 9; Tomas H Jonasson (1-0-0) 1; Michael Jepsen Jensen (0-3-3) 6; Piotr Pawlicki (0-1-1) 2; Martin Smolinski (3-2-0) 5; Chris Harris (2-3-1) 6; Daniel Nermark (1-1-3) 5.
Heat 12: Iversen, Bjerre, Pawlicki, Kildemand; 60.41
Iversen looks at ease as he keeps Bjerre at bay. Kildemand gives it all, but a slip up in the final corner ensures another last.
Kildemand goes in heat 12, but is now surely only racing for pride.
That was a superb ride from the Robins man, and anything other than a win would surely have been the end of him.
Heat 11: Batchelor, Kasprzak, King, Smolinski; 60.53
Batchelor makes a great gate and holds off Kasprzak to keep himself in the meeting.
Do or die now for Batchelor, as he faces King, Kasprzak and Smolinski. Batch is in red.
Heat 10: Jepsen Jensen, Janowski, Harris, Lahti; 60.19
Jepsen Jensen the clear winner, as Janowski holds off Bomber for second.
I fear that was not enough from Andersen there. He needs two heat wins from his final two rides to even have a sniff.
Heat nine: Nermark, Andersen, Milik, Jonasson; 60.62
Nermark makes the gate and wins, and Andersen is more concerned with holding off Milik behind him than chasing the winner.
Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor retain an interest in this meeting by the skin of their teeth, but having little room for error from now on. Great to see the two Brits going well.
Andersen's out in red in heat nine against Nermark, Milik and Jonasson. Must win territory almost.
Unfortunately two lasts is almost certainly the end of Kildemand's challenge this evening.
SCORES AFTER TWO SERIES: Vaclav Milik (1-2); Maciej Janowski (2-1); Krzysztof Kasprzak (3-2); Peter Kildemand (0-0); Timo Lahti (1-0); Hans Andersen (2-0); Kenneth Bjerre (3-1); Troy Batchelor (0-2); Danny King (2-3); Niels-Kristian Iversen (3-3); Tomas H Jonasson (1-0); Michael Jepsen Jensen (0-3); Piotr Pawlicki (0-1); Martin Smolinski (3-2); Chris Harris (2-3); Daniel Nermark (1-1).
Heat eight: Jepsen Jensen, Batchelor, Nermark, Kildemand; 60.16
Batchelor makes the first corner first, but is rounded by Jepsen Jensen who goes on to win.
Peter Kildemand and Troy Batchelor off the two inside gates in heat eight.
Heat seven: Harris, Kasprzak, Bjerre, Jonasson; 59.97
Bjerre is the leader out of turn two, but Harris thunders round him to take another superb win.
Heat six: Iversen, Smolinski, Janowski, Andersen; 59.72
Andersen rolls at the start, and pays the price as he finishes well adrift at the back of a routine Iversen win.
Hans out in heat six from the outside. Not the best gate so far.
Heat five: King, Milik, Pawlicki, Lahti; 60.0
Milik looks like he has it in the bag, but after a great pass on Pawlicki King passes the Czech rider to win.
First round of track grading done, and it's Pawlicki, Milik, Lahti and King out in heat five. Great chance for the Brit to put himself right in the mix if he backs up his second in his opening ride.
Really not the start either Kildemand or Batchelor wanted, and they'll have to be almost faultless from now on if they are to be in the mix come the end of the meeting. There are enough riders in this meeting who will take points off each other to give the Robins duo a chance.
I'm sure Hans Andersen will be pretty pleased with his second place.
@AndyWarren_ 2 Swindon riders already out of it, Think your proving a curse lol— @KrisPanthers 24 August 2013
SCORES AFTER ONE SERIES: Vaclav Milik (1); Maciej Janowski (2); Krzysztof Kasprzak (3); Peter Kildemand (0); Timo Lahti (1); Hans Andersen (2); Kenneth Bjerre (3); Troy Batchelor (0); Danny King (2); Niels-Kristian Iversen (3); Tomas H Jonasson (1); Michael Jepsen Jensen (0); Piotr Pawlicki (0); Martin Smolinski (3); Chris Harris (2); Daniel Nermark (1).
Heat four: Smolinski, Harris, Nermark, Pawlicki; 59.97
Smolinski wins from the tapes, but Harris is able to barge his way past Nermark.
Heat four sees Harris take on Smolinski, Nermark and Pawlicki.
Heat three: Iversen, King, Jonasson, Jensen; 60.19.
Iversen makes an average gate but leads out of turn two, as King tries every inch to pass him but can’t make it on the line. Great ride from King.
British wild card Danny King up in heat three against pre-meeting favourite Iversen.
Heat two: Bjerre, Andersen, Lahti, Batchelor; 59.47.
Batchelor struggles away from the tapes and can’t make an impression, and after initially challenging eventual winner Bjerre, Andersen does well to hold of Lahti.
Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor go head to head in heat two. Lahti and Bjerre also in the race.
Kildemand made a number of gestures to the referee after his fall, but for me he missed the start and then ran out of room. A shame for him, but the right call.
Heat one (re-run): Kasprzak, Janowski, Milik, Kildemand; 59.78.
After an aborted first attempt, Kildemand falls in the first corner and is furious with the referee. The Dane gets up to finish the race but is a lap behind winner KK.
Kildemand made a lovely start in that one and led coming out of turn two until the riders realised the red flags were out.
HEAT ONE: Red lights on straight away at the start of heat one, but all four riders back for the restart.
Swindon's Peter Kildemand goes from the outside in the opener, and faces Milik, Janowski and Kasprzak in a tough looking heat one.
@AndyWarren_ Batchelor,Iversen and Janowski.— @MrsSayfutdinov 24 August 2013
The riders are back in the pits following parade, and heat one is only a couple of minutes away.
Asides from Andersen, Batchelor and Kildemand, the Robins are also represented by Blunsdon clerk of the course Mike Hunt who takes on the role of FIM jury member this evening.
Tonight's track reserves are Ben Barker and Lewis Bridger.
BEN BARKER AND LEWIS BRIDGER
Tomas H Jonasson is another Pirates rider looking to do the business on his home track, but will need to step things up if he is to progress.
TOMAS H JONASSON
The riders are currently being introduced to the crowd.
@AndyWarren_ Iversen, Bjerre, Batchelor— @sophie_reason 24 August 2013
Former Robins rider Maciej Janowski is of course riding at his home track this evening, but the Poole man will have to shake off a knee injury if he is to progress.
The riders are going round on parade as we speak, with Kildemand in his Robins colours, Batchelor in his Australia suit and Andersen going in his lovely bright green and white kevlars.
Troy Batchelor came frustratingly close to earning his Grand Prix place last year in Gorican before mechanical problems ruined his chances in the run-off - and the Aussie is looking to put things right tonight.
"It's been a long year to even get to the Challenge, and I've been looking towards this for most of the year," he said.
"Last year was so close for me but really far too, but this is a really hard meeting and you have to make sure you finish five races and have no break downs.
"Making the GP would be a new challenge and a new goal for me because I've been doing well in all the leagues, and this is the next step for me and it would be awesome to get in there and do my thing."
@AndyWarren_ The Bomber will spring a surprise #adverspeedway— @STFC1969 24 August 2013
Parade is due to begin in the next couple of minutes.
@AndyWarren_ i think peter kildemand and troy batchelor #swindonadvertiser— @wantedhay 24 August 2013
6:10pm Sat 24 Aug 13
Di kanny oh says
I would guess Hans will ride better tonight as he is getting paid.
I can confirm he has three bikes in the pits tonight.
After much deliberation, Great Britain infact now have two riders competing in tonight's meeting.
Chris Harris was knocked out in the quarter-final stage of qualifying but now comes in following the withdrawel of Matej Zagar, while Danny King takes the meeting wild card.
CHRIS HARRIS & DANNY KING
@AndyWarren_ Batchelor, Janowski, NKI— @rguest92 24 August 2013
Dane Niels-Kristian Iversen is many people's favourite to win tonight's meeting, but given his current fifth position in the Grand Prix standings, does he really need to be here?
Iversen remains in the hunt for a top three place in the GP, let alone the top eight, but he could make extra sure of his GP place tonight.
@AndyWarren_ The 3 Danes to make it. Iversen, Bjerre and MJJ.— @JonLampard 24 August 2013
Interestingly Kildemand has insisted every time he has been asked about the 2014 GP that he isn't overly keen on riding in the series. He's done the qualifiers, and I wonder if he will feel any differently if he makes the top three tonight.
Kildemand crashed out of the Robins' defeat to Belle Vue on Thursday night after suffering an injury to his thigh, but speaking to him in the pits earlier today he told me he is feeling fine and ready to take his unexpected chance this evening.
@AndyWarren_ i think peter kildemand and troy batchelor #swindonadvertiser— @wantedhay 24 August 2013
Of course there are three Robins competing in this evening's event in the form of Peter Kildemand, Hans Andersen and Troy Batchelor.
Andersen and Batchelor sealed their places in tonight's meeting through the semi-final held in Lonigo, while Kildemand has made it in despite missing out in Denmark due to injury to the elder Pawlicki and Aleksandr Laktaev's work permit issues.
PETER KILDEMAND, TROY BATCHELOR AND HANS ANDERSEN
Who do you think is going to be in the mix for tonight's meeting? We want to hear your views so leave your predictions in the comment box below, or tweet me @andywarren_.
There's just over half an hour left until the start of this evening's cut throat meeting, which will see the top three riders over 20 heats earn their place in next year's Grand Prix series.
We have a top class field, and this is bound to go all the way to heat 20.
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