Time running out for Harris and Andersen to overhaul Lindback
Cornish racer Chris Harris goes into the penultimate round of this season's World Championship trying to overcome a 35-point deficit to make the cut for next year.
The Coventry Bees captain is 11th in the Speedway Grand Prix series on 57 points – putting him 35 adrift of the top-eight automatic qualification spots for 2013 – ahead of tonight's Nordic SGP in Vojens, Denmark.
With eighth-placed Antonio Lindback in the form of his life, Harris knows overhauling him in the remaining two rounds will be a tall order.
After failing in his attempt to battle through the qualifying rounds and make the GP Challenge in Gorican on September 29, the Truro-born rider's only realistic hope of featuring in 2013 will be if the organisers hand him a wildcard.
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The Bees captain led by example on Monday night, top-scoring with 13 points in the 45-45 draw at King's Lynn in the Elite League.
Meanwhile, Denmark's Hans Andersen hopes to go into the GP Challenge on a high by bagging a big result at Vojens.
The Swindon Robins captain is a place and a point ahead of Harris in the championship standings. His most likely route into next season's series is to finish in the top three in Croatia next Saturday.
"The way Antonio is going, it doesn't look like he's going to drop out of the top eight," Andersen told Speedwaygp.com. "It doesn't look too promising at the moment. But I'm going to plug away, hopefully put in a performance in the next two GPs and you never know.
"I've still got the GP Challenge and it would be a confidence boost to go there with a good result in the bag from Vojens. The Challenge is not easy because there are some very good riders in that one."
Andersen missed out on the Scandinavian GP semi-finals in Malilla on September 8 after managing just five points from his heats, despite spending 13 seasons riding for Swedish side Dackarna at the track.