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Brady Kurtz put himself in the driver’s seat for what would be a sensational Australian Championship win after triumphing at Gillman.

08 / 01 / 2016, 12:30

World Under-21 finalist Brady Kurtz put himself in the driver’s seat for what would be a sensational Australian Championship win after triumphing in round three at Gillman on Friday.

The Poole signing, who won the qualifier on New Year’s Day to earn his series debut, heads to the final round at Mildura this Sunday with a three-point advantage over nearest rivals Sam Masters and Rohan Tungate after winning the A final in Adelaide.

The 19-year-old saw off Tungate, Justin Sedgmen and Masters after topping the heat scorechart on 13, before completing a superb night’s work in style.

With the top five riders only six points apart ahead of the Olympic Park decider, Kurtz will have to be at his best to hang on at the summit, needing 17 points to be certain of gold.

He was joined at the top of the heat scoreboard by Sedgmen, who also tallied 13 before finishing third in the A final.

Tungate also earned automatic qualification on countback with 11, forcing Masters into the B final. Masters, the pre-meeting championship leader, saw off Nick Morris, Jack Holder and Max Fricke to keep his title bid on track, but could only manage fourth spot in the medal race.

Masters and Tungate have 40 points overall, putting them just three behind Kurtz, who has 43. Fricke and Morris have work to do on 37.

AUSSIE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Brady Kurtz 43, 2= Sam Masters 40, Rohan Tungate 40, 4= Max Fricke 37, Nick Morris 37, 6 Jack Holder 31, 7 Mason Campton 30, 8 Justin Sedgmen 28, 9 Ty Proctor 19, 10 Brodie Waters 18, 11 Jordan Stewart 17, 12 Josh Pickering 11, 13 Alan McDonald 10, 14= Josh Grajczonek 7, Cooper Riordan 7, 16 Kieran Sproule 6, 17 Josh McDonald 4.

GILLMAN HEAT SCORES: 1 Brady Kurtz 13, 2 Justin Sedgmen 13, 3 Rohan Tungate 11, 4 Sam Masters 11, 5 Jack Holder 11, 6 Max Fricke 11, 7 Nick Morris 11, 8 Ty Proctor 9, 9 Brodie Waters 6, 10 Josh Pickering 5, 11 Mason Campton 5, 12 Kieran Sproule 4, 13 Alan McDonald 4, 14 Jordan Stewart 4, 15 Cooper Riordan 2, 16 Josh McDonald 0.

B Final: Masters, Morris, Holder, Fricke.

A Final: Kurtz, Tungate, Sedgmen, Masters.


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