PK'S PIRATES CALL
Peter Kildemand says a full UK season could prove too much, but he can’t wait to get 2018 started by covering for Chris Holder at Poole.
22 / 03 / 2018, 12:31
Danish racer Peter Kildemand admits a full season in the UK could prove too much, but he can’t wait to get 2018 started as he covers for Chris Holder in the Poole Pirates team.
PK jets over to the UK to race in Pirates’ 70th Anniversary meeting at Wimborne Road on Friday night.
He will then stay on to race for Poole in the opening weeks of the season following the news Aussie icon Holder must resolve some undisclosed personal issues before he can take to the shale.
We’ve had bad weather, especially in Denmark, Poland and Sweden, so we can’t really do any racing. I haven’t practised too much. So it will be nice to get the season started over there.
Kildemand is only too happy to get some competitive racing under his belt. He said: “I’m really keen to do it, especially to get some meetings before the Danish and Swedish league starts.
“We got a deal sorted quite quickly. To be fair, me and (Poole owner) Matt (Ford) have spoken many times for many years, but we have never really made a deal. We have never really had the option to do it. We couldn’t fit it in with the averages.
“So I’m happy to get it done this time. We’ve had bad weather, especially in Denmark, Poland and Sweden, so we can’t really do any racing. I haven’t practised too much. So it will be nice to get the season started over there.”
Kildemand admits riding a full British season still doesn’t fit into his plans, despite not being part of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series in 2018.
He said: “I chose before the season not to race in the UK. It’s still early days and we’ll see how it goes, but I think it’s good just to get the season started, get some meetings and be busy before the Swedish and Danish league starts and the qualifiers.
“Then I think I’d have too much if I have to do a full season in the UK too. But we’ll see what happens.”
PK can’t wait to get his first taste of the Poole track on Friday as Pirates celebrate their platinum season with a meeting featuring the likes of SGP star Matej Zagar, Brady Kurtz, Hans Andersen, Linus Sundstrom, Kenneth Bjerre, Bjarne Pedersen, Josh Grajczonek, Kacper Woryna and Mateusz Szczepaniak.
He said: “I’m looking forward to that and doing some racing. It’s going to be great. It’s going to be a tough one, but it’s still early days and I don’t really have too much pressure. I just want to enjoy it and we’ll see how it goes.”