Second place for Niels-Kristian Iversen at Elite League Riders’ Championship – again

Niels-Kristian Iversen in the pits. Picture: Ian Burt

Niels-Kristian Iversen in the pits. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Stars' Niels-Kristian Iversen again came agonisingly close to Elite League Riders' Championship victory at Coventry.

Danish star Iversen had to settle for another runners-up position as Fredrik Lindgren took the title in an exciting final race.

Iversen went off the outside gate and contested the first bend strongly with Lindgren, which briefly allowed Chris Harris the chance to lead. Lindgren and Iversen went either side of the Bees rider but it was Lindgren who established himself at the front with Iversen's efforts to catch him proving unsuccessful.

Iversen said: 'I think it's the fourth time I've been runner-up in this meeting and I've never won it, but what you can do? Second is the first loser, but it's still better than third.

'It's not easy to win, everybody is going for it and it all comes down to the Final where it's all or nothing. Obviously it's disappointing because I came here to win.'

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There was also frustration for the Stars' Robert Lambert, who needed a second place from his last ride to reach the semi-final but lost out to Patrick Hougaard and Scott Nicholls in heat 20.

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