SWINDON ROBINS: Trio go for glory at Elite League Riders Championship
SWINDON Robins trio Hans Andersen, Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand will all be looking to make home advantage count as they bid to end the British season on a high at Blunsdon this evening.
The three riders line up in the Elite League Riders Championship at the Abbey Stadium looking to be crowned the competition’s top rider and banish memories of their side’s heartbreaking play-off defeat to Poole.
Robins asset Kildemand knows beating the likes of Niels-Kristian Iversen, Darcy Ward, Freddie Lindgren and Kenneth Bjerre is going to be a tough ask, but the Dane would love nothing more than to go into the winter on the back of a big victory.
“It’s going to be a good meeting with some tough riders and it’s always good to go into the winter after a good meeting,” he said.
“I know Swindon well and there’s everything to win and nothing to lose in this meeting and it would be a great one to win.
“It’s a fun meeting to be in and it will be the last time we see a lot of the guys for a while so it will be nice to finish with a win.”
World number three Iversen won the season opening Bob Kilby Memorial Meeting at Blunsdon before going on to have a superb campaign at GP level and is keen to end the year on a high.
“I came second to Chris Holder in the ELRC last year, so this year I really want to win it this time,” he said. “I know it’s going to be difficult as the line-up is really strong, but I’ll definitely give it my best shot. Hopefully I can come away with a good win heading into the winter.”
Robins team manager Alun Rossiter is struggling to pick a winner of tonight’s meeting.
“I think there’s probably four or five riders who stand out initially. Hans (Andersen) has got to have a good chance on his home track, and we know how good Darcy Ward is,” he said.
“Then you’ve got people like Freddie (Lindgren) and also Niels-Kristian Iversen has had a great season, but the thing about this meeting is there are plenty of other boys who ride Swindon well who could easily get into the semi-final, and from there anything can happen.”
Tickets to the meeting cost £25 for adults withs concessions £20, juniors aged 12-15 £5 and under 11s free.
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