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FRICKE WINS AUSSIE CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER

Former World Under-21 champion Max Fricke started his 2019 in style with victory at the Australian Championship opener at Gillman.

03 / 01 / 2019, 11:40

Former World Under-21 champion Max Fricke started his 2019 in style with victory at the Australian Championship opener at Gillman on Thursday.

The Victorian ace topped the heat scorechart along with defending champion Rohan Tungate on 13 as the pair qualified automatically for the A Final. After a titanic tussle between them, it was Fricke who ended the night on top.

Former world champion Chris Holder finished third, but he took the hard route on to the podium after pulling up with bike problems in his opening heat.

He battled to 10 points from his remaining four to force his way into the B Final, before beating Aussie Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey, Sam Masters and his brother Jack Holder to the last spot in the A Final.

Redcar racer Jordan Stewart pipped Jack Holder to the third automatic A Final spot on countback after they tied on 11. But he crashed on the opening turn, meaning he was unable to collect the consolation point for fourth place after an impressive night’s work.

Lidsey and Masters made solid starts to their series with 10 points apiece. But it was a tough day for former champion Brady Kurtz and Aussie international Nick Morris, who missed the B Final cut on eight and seven points respectively.

The next round takes place at iconic Victorian venue Mildura this Saturday.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Max Fricke 17, 2 Rohan Tungate 16, 3 Chris Holder 12, 4= Jordan Stewart 11, Jack Holder 11, 6= Jaimon Lidsey 10, Sam Masters 10, 8 Brady Kurtz 8, 9 Nick Morris 7, 10 Ryan Douglas 6, 11 Todd Kurtz 6, 12= Ben Cook 5, Zane Keleher 5, 14 Zach Cook 3, 15= Kye Thompson 1, Josh Pickering 1, 17 Justin Sedgmen 0.

GILLMAN HEAT SCORES: 1 Max Fricke 13, 2 Rohan Tungate 13, 3 Jordan Stewart 11, 4 Jack Holder 11, 5 Chris Holder 10, 6 Jaimon Lidsey 10, 7 Sam Masters 10, 8 Brady Kurtz 8, 9 Nick Morris 7, 10 Ryan Douglas 6, 11 Todd Kurtz 6, 12 Ben Cook 5, 13 Zane Keleher 5, 14 Zach Cook 3, 15 Kye Thompson 1, 16 Josh Pickering 1, 17 Justin Sedgmen 0.

B Final: C Holder, Lidsey, Masters, J Holder (f).

A Final: Fricke, Tungate, C Holder, Stewart (f.exc).

 

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