Speedway: Niels-Kristian Iversen shrugs off Stars pressure

Niels Kristian Iversen
Iversen is a Peterborough asset, but rode for the Stars last season

Niels-Kristian Iversen has said he will rise to the challenge of taking up the number one slot at King's Lynn Stars.

The 29-year-old has been promoted from second heat leader following Kenneth Bjerre's return to Peterborough.

"It might give me a little bit more pressure but it's roughly the same race you have at number five," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I rode at Peterborough at number one without dropping my average. I think I can do a good job."

The Dane, who will ride with an eight-point average, joined the Stars from Peterborough alongside Bjerre ahead of the 2011 campaign.

And Iversen is confident he can fill the void left by his countryman, who has opted for a return to the Panthers.

"I may be able to step it up a little bit more but if I can maintain my average then I should be happy," he said.

The Norfolk side will do well to replicate their form of last season, when they reached the Elite League play-off semi-finals.

But Iversen believes a lack of a star-name rider will not hinder their campaign.

"It's definitely a solid team. It's not so top heavy but it's strong in the bottom end," he explained.

"As everyone knows it takes seven riders to win meetings and we have riders capable of making points. It looks exciting."

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