Menu
Card image cap

DOYLE'S DELIGHT AT GILLMAN

Grand Prix star Jason Doyle exorcised his Gillman ghost after winning the opening round of the Australian Championship in style today.

03 / 01 / 2015, 12:19

Grand Prix star Jason Doyle exorcised his Gillman ghost after winning the opening round of the Australian Championship in style today.

The Newcastle-born racer topped the heat scorechart on 14 points along with Rohan Tungate, before winning the A Final ahead of B Final winner Justin Sedgmen, Tungate and Dakota North.

This was a sweet victory for Doyle after he crashed two laps from the A Final chequered flag to lose what would have been his first Aussie title at the Adelaide venue last year.

Defending champion Chris Holder scraped into the B Final on eight points after managing just five in his opening four rides as he struggled with equipment problems.

But he was unable to make the last four and now has a mountain to climb to regain his title, trailing Doyle by nine points.

A change in the rules for 2015 sees points scored in the 20 heat races and A Final count towards a rider’s championship total, meaning Doyle ended his night with a near-perfect 17.

Only Poole signing Dakota North got the better of Doyle when they met in their opening race, heat two.

Ipswich hotshot Tungate went unbeaten in his opening four races, before Doyle defeated him in race 19 to top the scorechart on countback and snatch first choice of gates for the A Final.

North joined them in progressing straight through to the last four on 13 points, while Sedgmen and Josh Grajczonek tied on 11 to earn spots in the B Final along with Holder and Max Fricke, who tallied 10.

Holder endured a difficult night by his very high standards, recording two seconds, a third and a last in his opening rides, before rescuing a B Final place with a win over Kieran Sproule, Brodie Waters and Joey Ringwood in heat 18.

The next round sees the championship return to Mildura on Monday – the first time the legendary Olympic Park has staged a round since 2011 following its revamp.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (AFTER ROUND ONE OF FOUR): 1 Jason Doyle 18, 2 Rohan Tungate 16, 3= Justin Sedgmen 14, Dakota North 14, 5 Josh Grajczonek 11, 6 Max Fricke 10, 7= Chris Holder 8, Tyson Nelson 8, Sam Masters 8, 10= Jake Allen 6, Jack Holder 6, 12= Kieran Sproule 3, Brodie Waters 3, 14= Joey Ringwood 2, Jack Fallon 2, 16 Josh Coyne 1.

GILLMAN SCORES: Jason Doyle 14, Rohan Tungate 14, Dakota North 13, Josh Grajczonek 11, Justin Sedgmen 11, Max Fricke 10, Chris Holder 8, Tyson Nelson 8, Sam Masters 8, Jake Allen 6, Jack Holder 6, Kieran Sproule 3, Brodie Waters 3, Joey Ringwood 2, Jack Fallon 2, Josh Coyne 1.

B Final: Sedgmen, Fricke, C Holder, Grajczonek.

A Final: Doyle, Sedgmen, Tungate, North.

Card image cap

LAGUTA: IN IT TO WIN IT

Russian racer Artem Laguta insists he’s in the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series to win it next year after ending SGP 2018 in style.

Card image cap

PEDERSEN SET FOR BUNDESLIGA ACTION

Triple world champion Nicki Pedersen is set to race in the German Bundesliga next year after signing a contract with Wittstock.

Card image cap

ONE BETTER FOR BARTEK IN 2019?

Bartosz Zmarzlik admits he’s chasing even more consistency in 2019 after storming to his greatest ever FIM Speedway Grand Prix season.

Card image cap

LAMBERT FOLLOWS LUBLIN INTO EKSTRALIGA

Robert Lambert is determined to continue his rapid progress with newly-promoted PGE Ekstraliga side Lublin after signing up for 2019.

Card image cap

ELITSERIEN | LAMBERT STAYS IN HALLSTAVIK

British champion Robert Lambert is back with Swedish Elitserien side Rospiggarna for 2019.

Card image cap

THJ MAKES SHOCK VETLANDA EXIT

Tomas H Jonasson is set to race away from hometown team Vetlanda for the first time in 2019 after rider and club failed to agree a new deal.

Card image cap

MADSEN'S MEDAL AIM

Leon Madsen insists he isn’t joining the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series “just to take part” as he sets his sights on the rostrum in 2019.

Card image cap

RIDER REVIEW | CRAIG COOK

Today SpeedwayGP.com launches its Rider Review series, taking a look back at how the SGP class of 2018 fared. We start with Craig Cook.