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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.

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