FRICKE TAKES CHARGE OF AUSSIE RACE
SGP star Max Fricke took a huge stride towards a second straight Aussie title after dropping just two points as he triumphed in Undera.
07 / 01 / 2020, 11:56
SGP star Max Fricke took a huge stride towards a second straight national title after dropping just two points on his way to victory at Australian Championship round two in Undera on Tuesday.
Fricke roared into a six-point lead at the top of the standings on 37 points after winning the final ahead of Brady Kurtz, Rohan Tungate and Chris Holder.
The Victorian ace starred in his home state, topping the heat scorechart on 13 points alongside 2018 champion Tungate.
Fricke won semi-final one ahead of 2012 world champion Holder, pre-meeting series leader Jaimon Lidsey and 2017 champion Sam Masters.
Tungate matched that feat with victory in semi-final two, beating 2016 national champion Kurtz, Jack Holder and Somerset signing Zach Cook, who makes his European debut this year.
But Fricke came out on top in the final, leaving his rivals trailing from the tapes, while Kurtz produced a world-class first turn to claim second, relegating Tungate into third and leaving Chris Holder at the back.
Aussie Under-21 champion Lidsey exited the meeting at the semi-final stage and is tied in second place with Tungate on 31. Holder brothers Chris and Jack and Brady Kurtz are deadlocked in fourth place on 25 apiece.
The action moves across Victoria to the iconic Olympic Park in Mildura on Thursday, before the series concludes at Gillman in Adelaide this Saturday.
AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Max Fricke 37, 2= Jaimon Lidsey 31, Rohan Tungate 31, 4= Jack Holder 25, Chris Holder 25, Brady Kurtz 25, 7 Sam Masters 21, 8 Josh Pickering 16, 9 Ryan Douglas 13, 10 Zach Cook 12, 11 Jordan Stewart 11, 12= Robert Medson 9, Justin Sedgmen 9, 14 Ben Cook 7, 15 Jack Morrison 4, 16= Zane Keleher 0, Declan Knowles 0.
HEAT SCORES: Max Fricke 13, Rohan Tungate 13, Chris Holder 12, Brady Kurtz 11, Jaimon Lidsey 11, Jack Holder 11, Sam Masters 9, Zach Cook 8, Josh Pickering 7, Ryan Douglas 7, Justin Sedgmen 5, Jordan Stewart 5, Ben Cook 4, Jack Morrison 2, Robert Medson 2, Declan Knowles 0.
Semi-Final 1: Fricke, C Holder, Lidsey, Masters.
Semi-Final 2: Tungate, Kurtz, J Holder, Z Cook
Final: Fricke, Kurtz, Tungate, C Holder.