BATCH WINS GOLD AT GILLMAN
Swindon target Troy Batchelor has won the opening round of the Australian Championship at Gillman.
05 / 01 / 2013, 12:16
Swindon target Troy Batchelor has won the opening round of the Australian Championship at Gillman after fending off a fierce challenge from Jason Doyle.
The Somerset man pipped his 2012 Robins team mate to the top of the heat scorechart on 14 points, with Aussie international Batchelor scoring 13 to join him in the A Final.
Doyle defeated the Wroclaw star when they met in race nine, but Batchelor got his own back when it mattered most with a victory in the medal race to secure 20 championship points, leaving Doyle on 18.
Poole signing Rohan Tungate followed up on his stellar Aussie Championship debut last year by bagging third place and 17 points after pipping Dakota North into the A Final on countback after they tied on nine in the heats.
They both had two race wins and three third places to their credit, but Tungate’s victory over North in heat seven split them in the Ipswich doubling-up man’s favour.
Micky Dyer, who only scraped into the series on countback in Friday’s qualifier at Gillman, scored nine points and won the B Final. He was fourth in the A Final, but can be proud of a sensational start to his series and 16 points.
Cameron Woodward was second in the B Final to notch 15 with North claiming 14 in third and Sedgmen bagging 13 in fourth.
The biggest shock of the day saw FIM Speedway World Cup regular Davey Watt fall short of the B Final on seven. Despite this being the Lakeside skipper’s first meeting back after kidney surgery, he will be disappointed with a result which earned him just 11 championship points.
Barring victories at Undera on Wednesday and Kurri Kurri next Saturday, coupled with disastrous performances from Batchelor and Doyle, Watt’s championship chances are realistically over.
AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1 Troy Batchelor 20, 2 Jason Doyle 18, 3 Rohan Tungate 17, 4 Micky Dyer 16, 5 Cameron Woodward 15, 6 Dakota North 14, 7 Justin Sedgmen 13, 8 Alex Davies 12, 9 Davey Watt 11, 10 Josh Grajczonek 10, 11 Mark Lemon 9, 12 Sam Masters 7, 13 Tyron Proctor 6, 14 Kozza Smith 4, 15 Adam Shields 3, 16 Cameron Heeps 2.
GILLMAN HEAT SCORES: 1 Jason Doyle 14, 2 Troy Batchelor 13, 3 Rohan Tungate 9, 4 Dakota North 9, 5 Micky Dyer 9, 6 Cameron Woodward 9, 7 Justin Sedgmen 8, 8 Alex Davies 7, 9 Davey Watt 7, 10 Josh Grajczonek 7, 11 Mark Lemon 6, 12 Sam Masters 5, 13 Tyron Proctor 5, 14 Kozza Smith 4, 15 Adam Shields 4, 16 Cameron Heeps 4.
B Final: Dyer, Woodward, North, Sedgmen.
A Final: Batchelor, Doyle, Tungate, Dyer.