PETER Kildemand knows he could take his career to the next level this weekend as he bids to earn a full-time Grand Prix spot and secure the European Championship title.
A top three finish in Lonigo tomorrow in the Challenge will be enough to secure a Grand Prix place for next year, but he faces a tough battle against the likes of Kenneth Bjerre, Matej Zagar, Hans Andersen, Tomas H Jonasson, both Pawlicki brothers and Jason Doyle.
Having suffered a mild concussion in the days before last year’s GP Challenge at Poole, Kildemand endured a nightmare evening at Wimborne Road as he failed to score, but is hopeful of better fortunes this year as he bids to replicate the form which has seen him reach two GP finals as a wild card already this year.
Kildemand goes for glory in the European Championship tonight in Czestochowa where he has to make up three points in leader Emil Sayfutdinov, but he knows the real prize is a place in the GP.
“I just need to concentrate and Saturday is just the most important day, I really want to be in the GP so I need to finish in the top three,” he told Link Sport. "The European thing is important too the GP is where I want to be.
"It’s a tough event, always, but if I ride my best I think I have a chance.
“Last year wasn’t so good so if I can avoid some crashes that would be great. It’s a really hard meeting but I will give it my best.
“I’ve been to Lonigo a couple of times in 2011 and 2012, but it’s always the same there because it’s pretty slick so I know what’s coming.”