TAPES-UP: Swindon Robins skipper left frustrated after GP Challenge
SWINDON captain Hans Andersen believes he was beaten by his gate draw after failing to make it through Saturday’s Grand Prix Challenge.
The Dane ended the evening with seven points from his five rides at Poole, but had to do things the hard way after being drawn to go off the outside twice and failed to score on both occasions.
Only Brit Danny King won a race from the outside, and despite insisting the draw was no excuse Andersen admitted he was always going to find things difficult.
“I’m very disappointed but although it’s not an excuse at all I think I was beaten by gate four which didn’t work for anyone all night,” he said.
“I was drawn to have it twice, and if I had a different gate and got a win in the last one it could have been very different.
“It would have put me in fourth place, which if Niels stays in the top eight would probably have been good enough to get me in.
“The track was slicker than it normally is for the league matches and from gate four you have to run across gate three which was the race line on the track.
“I will try and qualify again next year because I want to get back in the series, but it could be worse and maybe my aim will be to do the European Championship instead.”
Andersen will lead the Robins at Poole today but will have to do without fellow Dane Peter Kildemand, and is looking to follow in the footsteps of former club Peterborough by taking a win away from Wimborne Road.
“Last week Poole got turned over pretty heavily at their home track by Peterborough so they are definitely beatable, so it should be a good meeting,” he said.
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