Workington Comets are well-placed to attack the SGB Championship and chase silverware this season, insists Danish racer Nicolai Klindt.

Comets are sitting pretty just outside the top four but with meetings in hand on the teams above them, while they also have a Championship Shield semi-final on the horizon and could progress to the semi-finals of the Knockout Cup this weekend.

After a bumpy start to life as a Comet, Klindt is now loving life at Derwent Park with big scores home and away and blossoming partnerships with his team-mates.

And he believes they have what it takes to go all the way to the play-offs in a bid to add more trophies to the club’s cabinet, including the league title which has so far eluded Workington.

“We’ve started out really strongly, we’re fifth in the table and two points off fourth but with three meetings in hand so our season’s really just starting,” Klindt said.

“We don’t have top names but we’re all scoring points and we’re good at helping each other on and off the track.

“The team spirit is what keeps bringing us together.

“I believe we’ve got a good chance to make the play-offs and I think we’ll do it.”

While the experienced Dane missed out on a Premiership place at the start of the season, he believes that was a blessing in disguise as it allowed him to come to Workington.

Klindt said: “I was struggling a bit early on because even as a big track it’s one you have to ride differently to somewhere like Belle Vue.

“You’ve got to attack a lot more and use your brain, not just go flat out which I’ve been used to in Poland.

“It’s been a blessing in disguise that I didn’t get a Premiership spot because it’s been great at Workington.”

Since joining Workington, Klindt has secured a spot with Poole in the British top flight and was snapped up by a Swedish team this week so, on top of his Danish commitments, August looks like a busy and critical month for all of his sides.

Before that there is the small matter of tomorrow night’s home cup meeting against Newcastle, which Comets go into 10 points up after winning at Brough Park two weeks ago.

The 29-year-old said: “You can’t be too comfortable because in speedway anything can happen.

“But I do believe with the form we’ve shown at home we should win.

“No disrespect to the Diamonds but the team they’ve got, we should beat them.”

Klindt’s hunger to bring success to Workington has only intensified since he and Ty Proctor missed out in the Pairs last Friday, with Sheffield getting the better of them in the final to break Comets’ hearts.

“I was really gutted after that,” he said.

“We were very close to missing out on even getting to the semi-finals because we were equal on points with Redcar. Before the meeting our aim was to get into the final, which would be a big achievement, but once you get there you want to win. I thought we were the better team on the night; we rode as a pair with team riding and looking out for each other.

“But Sheffield had the pick of the gates and I messed up the start.

“It was still a great result for the club, the team and me and Ty but it makes you want to win even more, knowing you got so close and didn’t get what you wanted.”