Nicholls aims to clinch GP passport
Speedway: SCOTT Nicholls plans to make the most of the last Grand Prix speedway meeting to be staged at Vojens, Denmark.A good show by the 24-year-old Ipswich Witches rider tonight and in Sydney on October 26, will set him up for a nominated GP place in 2003.
Speedway: SCOTT Nicholls plans to make the most of the last Grand Prix speedway meeting to be staged at Vojens, Denmark.
A good show by the 24-year-old Ipswich Witches rider tonight and in Sydney on October 26, will set him up for a nominated GP place in 2003.
"I want to stay in the series, and like many others I want to be world champion," said Nicholls. "Unless I win both remaining GPs I won't finish in the top ten and qualify automatically, so a nominated place is my best hope.
"Good performances in Vojens and Sydney will do my chances no harm of being one of the lucky six to get the call."
For the first time, Nicholls will start in the main event tonight. This is after his semi-final appearance in the European GP in Chorzow, Poland, a fortnight ago.
"This will be new and I don't really know what to expect," added Nicholls. "By the time I start the track should have settled down and I plan to use my first race to find my feet.
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"Since my shoulder injury I have been more relaxed in the GPs and it has paid off. You
cannot compare the pressure in a GP with ordinary league racing, but I have learned a lot this year."
The 2003 Danish GP will be held at Parken, Copenhagen on June 28. The 41,640 capacity
stadium is one of the best in Denmark and much different from the well-appointed but rural Vojens circuit.
Nicholls was pleased when told by The Evening Star that the Witches had made the Craven Shield final after King's Lynn beat Peterborough on Wednesday.
"That is great news and I just hope I am still around," he said. Nicholls leaves on Friday, October 18, to fly to Australia for the Sydney GP.
He has finished riding in Sweden and Poland this year, with his Swedish club Smederna failing to make the play-offs and his Poland club Wroclaw
definitely third and not using him tomorrow.
Nicholls is riding in the Lawrence Hare meeting at Exeter on Monday.
Tonight's line-up (in gate order)
Heat 1: Hamill, Ulamek, Jonsson, H Andersen.
Heat 2: L Dryml, Gollob, Brhel, B Pedersen.
Heat 3: Loram, Hancock, Wiltshire, Ferjan.
Heat 4: Holta, Klingberg, Smith, P Karlsson.
Seeded to heat 9: N Pedersen, Rickardsson, Nicholls, Adams.
Seeded to heat 10: Crump, M Karlsson, Protasiewicz, Sullivan.
Current standings (top 16): Rickardsson 148pts, Sullivan 134, Crump 128, Adams 115, M Karlsson 103, Loram 91, Gollob 89, Hancock 84, L Dryml 76, Hamill 70, Wiltshire 57, N Pedersen 56, Holta 53, Jonsson 53, Ceglieski 51, Nicholls 44.