B FINAL ANGUISH FOR KURTZ IN SECOND ROUND OF AUSTRALIAN TITLE RACE
Defending Australian Champion Brady Kurtz doubled his first round performance by reaching the B final in the second round of the title race on Saturday.
After scoring just 5 points at Gillman, Kurtz was more competitive in Mildura picking up two heat victories in his 10 point tally which was enough to place him in the B final which he led for some time.
But he missed out on a Grand Final appearance when a last turn pass by Justin Sedgmen denied Kurtz the victory. First round A finalists Troy Batchelor and Nick Morris were also both eliminated in this B final leaving Dave Watt, Max Fricke and Sam Masters to do battle against Sedgmen.
A fall for the qualifying B finalist forced a re-run of the final which Sam Masters won from Max Fricke (second) and series leader Dave Watt.
For the second time in this season's championship Jack Holder failed to make the cut for the B final although he was able to break his drought of race victories by winning his final heat to finish on 7 points, for a series total of 13.
Round II Points: M.Fricke 16, S.Masters 16, D.Watt 15, J.Sedgmen 13, B.Kurtz 10, N.Morris 8, T.Batchelor 8, J.Pickering 8, J.Holder 7, J.Lidsey 6, T.Proctor 6, J.Stewart 4, T.Kurtz 4, M.Campton 4, R.Tungate 3, C.Riordan 2
Series Standings (after 2 rounds): Dave Watt 32 (17,15),Justin Sedgmen 29 (17,12),Sam Masters 26 (10,16),Max Fricke 25 (9,16),Nick Morris 22 (14,8),Troy Batchelor 20 (12,8), Brady Kurtz 15 (5,10),Rohan Tungate 13 (10,3),Jack Holder 13 (6,7), Josh Pickering 13 (5,8),Ty Proctor 12 (6,6), Jaimon Lidsey 12 (5,7), Todd Kurtz 9 (5,4), Mason Campton 7 (3,4), Cooper Riordan 6 (4,2), Jordan Stewart 6 (2,4)
Round 3 is scheduled for Wednesday 11th January at Undera.
Final Standings (champions to be determined via play-offs)