It was high-stakes racing last night, January 11, at the Undera Speedway track as competitors were primed to score valuable 2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship points ahead of the all-important upcoming final round at Kurri Kurri this Saturday, January 14.
Just shy of two thousand spectators patiently waited until sundown for the 8.30pm start time which was well worth the wait to witness the gifted talent pool that were about to put on an incredible two and half hour show before their very eyes.
Action packed, drama filled heats ensued, including a race restart in Heat 9 due to bunching up and interference of the field in which Jaimon Lidsey went down without injury, then restarting with the pack. David Watt dropped a chain in Heat 14, dashing his confidence on the back of his victory at Gillman, Ty Proctor’s machine suffering the same fate in Heat 17.
The B Final saw Nick Morris crashing out on the opener, forcing a restart without him, the drama not stopping there. Brady Kurtz wiped out and retired on the third lap leaving local man, Max Fricke and Jack Holder to duke it out for line honours – Fricke taking the B Final flag and moving on to the A.
The concluding race of the night included Justin Sedgmen, Sam Masters, Max Fricke and Troy Batchelor. Sedgmen, who is still without a ride in this year’s British Speedway Championship, pulled out all the stops in the A Final, that played out at lightning speed and high intensity.
Winning round three of the Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship, Mildura man, Justin ‘Sedgy’ Sedgmen placed ahead of Masters (2nd), Fricke (3rd) and Batchelor (4th)
When asked about his win, Sedgmen said: “In my last heat, I knew it was going to be tough but I had to pick up something to get me into the final.
“The track was very good tonight and I was really glad the referee held the meeting off waiting for the sun to drop,” he excitedly added.
“I am really looking forward to Kurri as I didn’t lose a race there on Boxing Day, it’s a track that I really like racing – it’s a real ‘racer’s track’,” he finished.
The final round of the 2017 Australian Championship moves up to Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, this Saturday night, January 14.
The current championship points standings after Round 3:
|2017 Australian Solo Speedway Championship Series|
Round 3 heat points:
1 Troy Batchelor 14
2 Sam Masters 14
3 Justin Sedgmen 13
4 Max Fricke 12
5 Jack Holder 10
6 Brady Kurtz 10
7 Nick Morris 9
8 Dave Watt 7
9 Jordan Stewart 7
10 Rohan Tungate 6
11 Mason Campton 5
12 Ty Proctor 4
13 Jaimon Lidsey 4
14 Josh Pickering 2
15 Todd Kurtz 2
6 Cooper Riordan 1
B Final: Fricke, Holder, B Kurtz (ret.), Morris (f.exc.).
A Final: Sedgmen, Masters, Fricke, Batchelor
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