ANDERSEN EYES PLAY-OFF RACE
Hans Andersen is keen to take his play-off prowess to Leicester as they seek a spot in the SGB Premiership top four for the first time.
19 / 03 / 2018, 10:10
Danish star Hans Andersen is determined to take his play-off prowess to Leicester as they seek a spot in the SGB Premiership top four for the first time this season.
The Orebro-born ace has made the switch to Beaumont Park, joining a promising Lions side, also featuring SGP star Martin Vaculik, Danny King, Krystian Pieszczek, Josh Bates, Kyle Newman and James Sarjeant.
Since joining the old Elite League in 2014, Lions have been unable to earn a spot in the end-of-season title play-offs. That’s something Andersen is determined to change and he’s in no mood to lose his proud record of reaching the business end of the British season.
I am still chasing that third title in the UK and after winning with Peterborough and Swindon, it will be interesting to see if I can win it with a third club. There are very few riders who have done that.
He said: “Lions haven’t had the best of starts to life in the Elite League or Premiership so to come in and put them in the play-offs would be a good thing for me.
“Looking at my stats, I have been in the play-offs with every single team I have raced for since 2012. I don’t want to change that stat this season.
“I am still chasing that third title in the UK and after winning with Peterborough and Swindon, it will be interesting to see if I can win it with a third club. There are very few riders who have done that.”
Andersen believes Lions have assembled a septet capable of challenging. He said: “The team looks good. I raced with Krystian Pieszczek in Sweden last season and he can be super quick. Everyone has seen the rider Martin Vaculik is. He has won GPs and he will adapt to any track within a race or two.
“I don’t doubt that my team is competitive at all. It’s nice to be in a team where there is room for improvement all the way through.
“Personally, I am pretty experienced and it feels pretty natural for me to be a captain or running around the pits talking to my team mates during the meeting, not just sitting in my own corner, doing my own thing. I think I offer a lot on track and also off-track as well. I see myself as a good signing!”
Andersen admits racing in a winning team brings the best out of him. He said: “When I look back to some of the best seasons of my career, one thing they have in common is I was always riding in good teams – teams that were challenging for the titles – in every country.
“It’s a formula I’m trying to create again. It’s always more fun to ride in a winning team and winning becomes a habit. It makes you better as a rider.”