Pan­thers skip­per ready to ride through the pain bar­rier in a bid to make next year’s GP se­ries

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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