NKI'S LATE-SEASON SURGE
Saturday 27th October 2012, 16:42
Danish hotshot Niels-Kristian Iversen is delighted to have found a second wind at the end of the season, after scoring a 15-point maximum in the Knockout Cup Final at Coventry on Friday.
The Grand Prix star guested for Poole in place of the injured Darcy Ward and inspired his adopted club to a 52-38 win in the first leg, giving them a 14-point edge ahead of Monday’s second leg at Wimborne Road.
Iversen also defeated Scott Nicholls in a man-on-man match race to ensure the Bees couldn’t pull three points back.
The King’s Lynn rider has proved a determined guest for Poole. He also scored 10 at Wimborne Road on Wednesday and 14 at Peterborough on Thursday as Pirates saw off the Panthers in the KO Cup semis.
While many riders are winding down for the winter break, Iversen admits his enthusiasm seems to be picking up.
"It doesnâ€™t really matter what competition it is. I take pride in what I do and I want to win races."
- Niels-Kristian Iversen
He said: “Actually I was getting a little tired by the last month of the normal season and it took me three weeks to get through that tiredness.
“But when we got to the Elite League Riders Championship, I started to feel really good again. I was all ready to go.
“When (Poole owner) Matt (Ford) called and asked me to guest, I thought ‘why not?’ I had nothing else to do and it has been good to finish the season off really well like this.”
Iversen has shipped another engine in for Poole’s Knockout Cup campaign and is set to ride in the decider on Monday.
The guest system has been criticised at times and stand-in riders have been accused of not giving their all for clubs, but Iversen was determined to put in a performance.
He said: “It doesn’t matter where I ride. I always go out to win and do my best. It doesn’t really matter what competition it is. I take pride in what I do and I want to win races.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s Britain, Poland, the Grand Prix or World Cup, when I’m riding I want to win. Otherwise I shouldn’t do it.”