FRICKE GOES TOP AFTER UNDERA WIN
Max Fricke stormed into a three-point lead at the Australian Championship summit after seeing off Chris Holder to triumph in round three.
07 / 01 / 2019, 10:59
Former World Under-21 champion Max Fricke stormed into a three-point lead at the Australian Championship summit after seeing off Chris Holder to triumph in round three at Undera on Monday.
The Belle Vue, Wroclaw and Rospiggarna man topped the podium after dropping just one point to Nick Morris on his way to 14 in the heats.
This put him directly through to the A Final alongside Holder and impressive Aussie Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey, who qualified on 11 apiece.
Despite a strong early challenge, the 2012 world champion couldn’t overhaul Fricke for the victory in his home state, as last year’s Monster Energy FIM Speedway of Nations finalist picked up his second win in three rounds.
Fricke went into the meeting tied on 30 points with Holder and Rohan Tungate, who had to battle his way into the A Final the hard way.
He fell short of the top three on countback after tallying 11, but beat Jack Holder, Morris and Justin Sedgmen to win the B Final and keep himself firmly in the championship picture.
But disaster struck when he came to grief and crashed on turn three, denying him even a consolation point as he was excluded.
Defending champion Tungate now trails Fricke by seven points with two rounds to race as the series reaches New South Wales.
Albury hosts round four on Wednesday with the championship concluding in Tungate’s home town Kurri Kurri on Saturday.
UNDERA HEAT SCORES: 1 Max Fricke 14, 2 Chris Holder 12, 3 Jaimon Lidsey 11, 4 Rohan Tungate 11, 5 Nick Morris 11, 6 Jack Holder 10, 7 Justin Sedgmen 9, 8 Brady Kurtz 9, 9 Sam Masters 9, 10 Jordan Stewart 6, 11 Todd Kurtz 5, 12 Zane Keleher 5, 13 Ryan Douglas 3, 14 Kye Thompson 2, 15 Zach Cook 2, 16 Ben Cook 1.
B Final: Tungate, J Holder, Morris, Sedgmen.
A Final: Fricke, C Holder, Lidsey, Tungate (f.exc).
AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Max Fricke 48, 2 Chris Holder 45, 3 Rohan Tungate 41, 4 Jack Holder 32, 5= Sam Masters 29, Brady Kurtz 29, 7 Jaimon Lidsey 28, 8 Nick Morris 26, 9 Jordan Stewart 23, 10 Ryan Douglas 19, 11 Todd Kurtz 17, 12 Justin Sedgmen 14, 13 Ben Cook 12, 14 Zane Keleher 11, 15 Kye Thompson 8, 16 Zach Cook 6, 17 Josh Pickering 1.