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NICHOLLS EYES SGP 2014

Team GB star Scott Nicholls has opted out of this year’s SGP qualification rounds, but doesn’t rule out trying to get back in for 2014.

18 / 04 / 2012, 10:07

Team Great Britain international Scott Nicholls has opted out of this year’s SGP qualification rounds, but doesn’t rule out trying to get back into the World Championship for 2014.

The Coventry man has shown signs of getting back to his best this season after three years of lacklustre form. The former world No.7 was eliminated from the Grand Prix series at the end of 2009 and has been focusing on his league meetings ever since.

His 2010 season was blighted by a number of family worries, as his wife Sophie underwent surgery in the summer, leaving her unable to take care of their daughter Maya unaided.

If I have a fantastic season, and I hope to have a fantastic season, I’d maybe look at going through the qualifiers.

Scott Nicholls

But with Sophie back to full health this year, Nicholls is able to focus on his racing again.

He has already decided against trying to win a place in the 2013 World Championship. But if his form holds up, he would consider having another crack at the big time in two years.

The Ipswich-born man said: “I’m not putting any pressure on myself this season. I just want to enjoy my domestic racing and focus on that.

“If that all goes well, there’s maybe a possibility I’ll consider the qualification route next season.

“If I have a fantastic season, and I hope to have a fantastic season, I’d maybe look at going through the qualifiers. But I’ve got to weigh it up. I’m not putting any pressure on myself to get back in there, or setting a timescale.

“Look at Greg (Hancock) and Tomasz (Gollob), they’re in their 40s and they’re up the top. In that respect, I’ve got time on my side.”

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