Thursday March 14, 2013
KING’S Lynn star Niels-Kristian Iversen took victory in the season-opening Bob Kilby Memorial Trophy meeting at Blunsdon.

Iversen finished ahead of British duo Tai Woffinden and Scott Nicholls in the Final – but there was frustration for Excalibur Communications 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, and with Nicholls also winning four races the duo were joined by Iversen and Woffinden from the semi-final.

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 semi-final despite a fall in his second ride when attempting to defend 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 GPs this year. I’m off to New Zealand on Sunday and it’s going to be a big challenge.”

QUALIFYING SCORES: Hans Andersen 14, Scott Nicholls 12, Niels-Kristian Iversen 11, Mads Korneliussen 9, Tai Woffinden 9, Peter Kildemand 8, Freddie Lindgren 8, Chris Harris 8, Jason Doyle 8, Nicki Pedersen 8, Bjarne Pedersen 8, Troy Batchelor 5, Rory Schlein 4, Edward Kennett 4, Nick Morris 3, Grzegorz Zengota 1, Darryl Ritchings (res) 1.

SEMI-FINAL: Iversen, Woffinden, Kildemand, Korneliussen.

FINAL: Iversen, Woffinden, Nicholls, Andersen.

Photos courtesy of Les Aubrey.

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