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TUNGATE TRIUMPHS IN AUSSIE OPENER

Former champion Rohan Tungate overcame a mid-meeting nightmare to triumph in Australian Championship round one at Albury on Monday.

06 / 01 / 2020, 12:44

Former champion Rohan Tungate overcame a mid-meeting nightmare to triumph in Australian Championship round one at Albury on Monday.

Despite wins in his opening two rides, Tungate crashed while leading his third outing, before grinding to a halt with bike problems in his fourth.

But he hit back with a win in heat 20, and despite having to settle for last pick of gates for the semi-final, he finished second to flying Aussie Under-21 champion Jaimon Lidsey to reach the last four.

I got there in the end and that’s the main thing, but it goes on points and I lost six to a mistake and engine failure.

Rohan Tungate

He then hit the front in a restarted final to top the Albury podium ahead of Lidsey, SGP star Max Fricke and Jack Holder, who led the first staging of the race, which was halted when Lidsey tumbled on turn one.

Despite his victory and 14 points, Tungate trails series leader Lidsey, who racked up 19 towards his championship total, with Fricke second on 18 and Tungate occupying third place.

It was a bittersweet result for the 2018 champion. Tungate said: “I got there in the end and that’s the main thing, but it goes on points and I lost six to a mistake and engine failure.

“I couldn’t do any better than I have now. I just have to keep moving forward and focus on the next meeting.

“I knew if I won my last race, I could get into the semi. Then I had to work hard, I did that and it paid off. Now I can go away and look at the positives.”

Belle Vue prospect Lidsey underlined his huge potential by taking top spot in the standings after roaring through the heats with 14 points, before winning semi one ahead of Tungate, 2012 world champion Chris Holder and Sam Masters.

Lidsey is one point ahead of reigning champion Fricke, who also tallied 14 from his five heats, before winning semi-final two ahead of Jack Holder, Josh Pickering and Brady Kurtz.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Jaimon Lidsey 19, 2 Max Fricke 18, 3 Rohan Tungate 14, 4 Jack Holder 13, 5 Sam Masters 12, 6 Chris Holder 11, 7 Brady Kurtz 10, 8 Josh Pickering 9, 9 Robert Medson 7, 10 Jordan Stewart 6, 11 Ryan Douglas 6, 12 Zach Cook 4, 13 Justin Sedgmen 4, 14 Ben Cook 3, 15 Jack Morrison 2, 16 Zane Keleher 0.

HEAT SCORES: Jaimon Lidsey 14, Max Fricke 14, Sam Masters 12, Jack Holder 11, Chris Holder 10, Brady Kurtz 10, Rohan Tungate 9, Josh Pickering 8, Robert Medson 7, Jordan Stewart 6, Ryan Douglas 6, Zach Cook 4, Justin Sedgmen 4, Ben Cook 3, Jack Morrison 2, Zane Keleher 0, Aden Clare 0, Declan Knowles 0.

Semi-Final 1: Lidsey, Tungate, C Holder, Masters.

Semi-Final 2: Fricke, J Holder, Pickering, Kurtz.

Final: Tungate, Lidsey, Fricke, J Holder.

 

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