Panthers skipper ready to ride through the pain barrier in a bid to make next year’s GP series
SPEEDWAY: Panthers skipper Niels Kristian Iversen is preparing to race through the pain barrier today in a bid to return to the World Championship.
Iversen sets out on the road towards the sport’s biggest stage when lining up in a first round GP qualifier at Fjelsted in Denmark - despite still being troubled by the broken shoulder blade that has sidelined him for the past six weeks.
The 27 year-old, who was a GP series regular in 2006 and 2008, had to shelve his plans to make a comeback in Panthers’ KO Cup quarter-final first leg tie at Swindon on Thursday.
Iversen admitted: “It is going to be a case of giving it a blast and hoping for the best.”
Australian pair Troy Batchelor and Rory Schlein line up in Miskolc, Hungary and Terenzano, Italy respectively.
Meanwhile Krzysztof Buczkowski appears to have pulled out of his qualifier in Russia. Fans’ favourite ‘Buczek’ is understood to have fallen ill while making the 3,000km-plus journey from his Polish base to Balakovo.
There is also a qualifier in Gorican, Croatia with the top nine finishers in each meeting advancing to the second round on July 3 when the field will be whittled down to 16 riders to compete in the GP Challenge scheduled for August 21.
That’s when three places in the 2011 World Championship will be up for grabs.