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.
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.”