Andersen is the pick of Robins riders at season-opener
7:17pm Sunday 17th March 2013 in Sport
KING’S LYNN star Niels-Kristian Iversen took victory in the season-opening Bob Kilby Memorial Trophy meeting at Blunsdon on Thursday.
Iversen finished ahead of British duo Tai Woffinden and Scott Nicholls in the final, but there was frustration for Swindon Robins skipper Hans Andersen, who came home fourth despite having headed the qualifying scores.
Andersen dropped his only point in his first five rides to Scott Nicholls, to finish two points clear at the top of the scorechart. With Nicholls also winning four races, the duo were joined by Iversen and Woffinden from the semifinal.
Andersen looked to be the strong favourite going from the favoured outside gate, but he was sent wide on turn one by Woffinden, and Iversen seized his chance to take control of the race.
Iversen had earlier featured in the best action of the night, a terrific battle with former World Champion Nicki Pedersen in Heat 15, which featured several passing moves before Iversen squeezed around the outside off the final bend.
Peter Kildemand was the best-placed of the other Robins riders, reaching the semifinal despite a fall in his second ride when attempting to defend a position against Nicholls.
Iversen said: “I started off pretty slowly but it finished well so it was a good night. It’s always nice to win a meeting like this.
“Things are looking exciting for our team at King’s Lynn and also I’m looking forward to the Grand Prix this year. It’s going to be a big challenge.”
The Robins riders continue their preparation for the forthcoming Elite League season – which begins with the home match against Lakeside on April 4 – when they entertain the British Lions squad in a challenge match on Thursday (March 21).