HOLDER: PRESSURE ON RIVALS

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HOLDER: PRESSURE ON RIVALS

Aussie racer Chris Holder insisted “the pressure is on the guys in front” as he chases down a top-eight spot at the Stockholm SGP tonight.

The Sydneysider is 10th in the World Championship on 66 points going into the final three rounds – putting him 14 short of Martin Vaculik, who occupies the eighth and final automatic qualification place for 2018.

Holder boosted his chances when he finished fourth with a season-best 14 points at the IPONE German SGP in Teterow two weeks ago.

I ENJOY THE SMALL, INDOOR ONES. THE PRESSURE IS ON THE GUYS IN FRONT, SO HOPEFULLY I CAN GET IN THERE, MAKE A FEW STARTS AND GET A FEW POINTS.

Chris Holder

He’s determined to build on that at the Friends Arena and says the pressure is on the riders ahead of him in the battle for survival.

He said: “I have nothing to lose. When I look at the order, I have to just try and continue like I did in Germany.

“The bike felt good and I didn’t feel too bad. The pressure is not really on me to do too much. It’s on the boys at the front. If I can get in there and spoil it for a couple of them, that would be nice.

“The aim is to just try and sneak in the top eight. But I’m not stressing too hard. If I can get there, it would be great. If I can’t, hopefully I can rely on a wild card. I’m just here to have fun and get as many points as I can.”

While 2017 has been a tough year by Holder’s high standards, he’s keen to end it on a high.

He said: “The other week in Germany was a big step forward. I got to the final. Hopefully tonight can be the same sort of thing.

“I enjoy the small, indoor ones. The pressure is on the guys in front, so hopefully I can get in there, make a few starts and get a few points.”

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2017-09-23T16:42:21+00:00