Tungate Claims 2018 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship
January 15, 2018

Rohan Tungate is the 2018 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Champion after finishing in second position at the final round of the championship, Gillman Speedway South Australia on January 14.

Heading into the final round of the championship, Tungate and Brady Kurtz were tied at 45 points apiece, meaning it was basically winner takes all at Gillman.

The pair couldn’t be split after the heats, both finishing on 14 points, leaving the championship to be decided in the A-Final.

In the A-Final, all eyes were on the battle between Tungate and Kurtz, but it was Mildura winner, Jack Holder who went under the radar to claim the win.

Tungate managed second, but that was enough with Kurtz finishing fourth and that handed Tungate a two point overall championship lead.

The newest Australian Champion, Tungate was stoked and couldn’t quite believe it just yet.

“I feel awesome, I don’t think it has actually sunk in yet but we will have a party tonight to celebrate,” said the 2018 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Champion Tungate.

Runner-up, Brady Kurtz scored heavily in the heats throughout the championship but will rue three fourth place A-Final finishes.

Kurtz sharing after the A-Final; “We nearly took the championship, and Tungate just got the better of me in the final and was a deserving winner, making all A-Finals throughout the championship. For me after finishing 6th or 7th last season, almost being the champion was a great turn around.”

Race winner, Jack Holder finished the championship with a wet sail, claiming the last two A-Final wins to add to his third place at Undera in round two.

Holder saying; “Its a good feeling winning two on the bounce, but I was probably a bit unlucky after the first round where I probably let my nerves get the better of me. It probably cost me a placing, but it was good to win at both Mildura and Gillman.”

2017 Champion Sam Masters had a fall in practice and had to withdraw himself from racing at Gillman Speedway.

A-Final Results: Holder, Tungate, Fricke and Kurtz

B-Final Results: Holder, Stewart, Lidsey and Campton

The final standing for the 2018 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship:

Place

Name

Points

1

Rohan Tungate

62

2

Brady Kurtz

60

3

Max Fricke

53

4

Jack Holder

51

5

Mason Campton

39

6

Sam Masters

37

6

Josh Pickering

37

8

Jordan Stewart

35

9

Jaimon Lidsey

31

10

Jye Etheridge

28

11

Matthew Gilmore

21

12

Cooper Riordan

20

13

Robert Medson

16

14

Joel Coyne

10

15

Declan Knowles

9

16

James Davies

4

17

Josh Coyne

3

18

Brandon McGuinness

2

Photo 1 courtesy of Judy Mckay
Photo 2 courtesy of Motorcycling Australia

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