TAPES-UP: Hancock believes Poole can down Swindon Robins
AMERICAN icon Greg Hancock has insisted he and his fellow Pirates need to go into tonight’s meeting with a sense of optimism as they bid to overturn a 10-point lead.
The 43-year-old, who has yet to win a British title despite racing in this country for the best part of 20 years, managed nine points a week ago as his Poole side left Blunsdon facing a 10-point deficit at the end of the first leg of their play-off semi-final against the Robins.
Hancock knows they face an uphill battle if they are to advance to the Elite League final but insists he and his teammates must face the challenge with real belief.
“Ten points is definitely not a good thing, but we go back home last week with a hard task ahead of us,” he said.
“I’m bummed out myself because I didn’t get the results I wanted in the first leg, although it got better in the end.
“But if we can get three 5-1s and keep all the other heats level we’ve won and we will go through to the final, but it sounds a lot easier than it is.
“That’s our reality though and we have to be optimistic about it otherwise we won’t have a chance.”
Hancock admitted he had some issues with the Blunsdon track a week ago, but is convinced they will not be apparent at Wimborne Road tonight.
“I need to start good and finish good, that’s the idea, and I’ll be better at Poole,” he said.
“I’m learning the tracks again after coming back into the league and maybe I’m bringing engines in which are a little too strong for what I should really have here, but I’ve had a lot from the guys and Chris Holder have helped me a lot.
“I’ve been here before and have the experience but it’s just all about finding it again for me.”
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