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Ex-Comet PK goes Wild in 2016
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Fri 30 Oct 2015 by Comets Press Office
Former Comet Peter Kildemand has today been confirmed as a permanent Wildcard for the 2016 Grand Prix series.
The Odense-born, twenty-six year-old Dane, who began his British career with the Comets in 2010, raced in the last nine GP's of 2015 as a permanent reserve replacement following the broken leg suffered by Poland's Jarek Hampel during this summer's World Cup.

In those nine GP's he even managed to win the Polish Grand Prix as he went on to finish in 9th place overall, just three points short of a top eight finish that would have guaranteed him an automatic GP berth for 2016.

Nevertheless, he has been rewarded for his fantastic display by being awarded one of the four permanent wildcard places on offer - along with Jarek Hampel of Poland and two Swedes, Andreas Jonsson and Antonio Lindback.

Kildemand has spoken of his delight after being given a wildcard position for next season:

“I'm really happy to get a wildcard, and I'm just pleased I'll have the chance to finally be in the Grand Prix full time," he said.

“I loved riding in the GP's I did this season and I was pleased with how things went, and after finishing a few of points off the top eight I'm relieved they've given me a wildcard.

“I'm really excited to see what I can do over a full season now. I've had a chance to see what it's about and gain some experience this year, so now I'm looking forward to doing a full series.

“I'd like to think I can challenge for a medal. I know it will be tough, it's a really high level with some great riders, but if I can carry on my form from this year then I think I'm capable of it.

“It's a great opportunity to be a full-time GP rider and I'm just determined to make the most of it by having another good season.”

Comets team manager and co-promoter Tony Jackson said: "Back in the winter of 2009 to 2010 it was me that suggested to our then team manager Ian Thomas that we sign Peter and, with the help of my good friend; former rider Jan Staechmann, who was the Danish national team manager at the time, we made it happen and the rider that was dubbed 'the spider' joined us.

"From the first time we saw him on track at our 2010 Press and Practice it was clear from his aggressive all action style that he had something very special about him, and I am delighted to see that he has been granted a permanent wildcard place for 2016.

"To be honest, it would have been an injustice if he hadn't been given one after his performances this year where, despite contesting three rounds less than the others, he finished just three points away from automatic top-eight qualification!

"I am certain he will prove to be a thrilling addition to the full GP series if he rides like he did this year and, with all of the close-season to prepare for what promises to be the biggest season of his career to date, he could indeed be challenging for a medal, which is his stated aim for 2016."
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