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HOLDER STORMS TO BOXING DAY MAX

Aussie star Chris Holder ended a tough 2018 on a high as he went unbeaten in the Jason Crump Cup at Kurri Kurri on Boxing Day.

26 / 12 / 2018, 08:42

Aussie star Chris Holder ended a tough 2018 on a high as he went unbeaten in the Jason Crump Cup at Kurri Kurri on Boxing Day.

The Sydneysider raced to a 15-point maximum in the heats before triumphing in the final ahead of Australian champion Rohan Tungate, former national champion Sam Masters and his younger brother Jack.

Holder is contesting next month’s Australian Championship series, which gets underway at Adelaide venue Gillman on January 3.

He hasn’t won his national title since 2014 or competed in the competition since 2015, when he was forced to withdraw due to injury. But this result surely puts him favourite to claim Aussie crown No.6 and begin the journey back towards the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series.

It was also a great day for Tungate, who is still searching for a 2019 club in the SGB Premiership.

He did his chances of getting a British team place no harm by dropping just one point to Holder in his home town, before finishing second in the final.

Newcastle-born Masters also starred at his local track as only Holder and Tungate beat him on his way to 13 points, before he took third place in the final.

Jack Holder finished fourth after earning his spot by winning the B final. He ended his heats level on 11 points with Erik Riss. Jye Etheridge, who recorded eight, beat the German to second in the B final with local racer Mason Campton fourth. He scored nine from five rides.

 

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