SILVER MEDAL FOR BRADY
BRADY KURTZ saw the opportunity of being crowned Australian Champion for the second time in his career slip through his fingers when beaten into fourth place in the Grand Final at the Heini Becker Motorsport Park at Gillman, New South Wales.
Kurtz strung together four unbeaten rides to edge into a slender series lead with a qualifying heat each remaining but was then beaten by his closest title rival Rohan Tungate when the pair met in heat 20. That left the duo on equal championship points.
But both riders had to give way to Poole asset Jack Holder who, having qualified from the B final, took the final round of the series. Tungate was second and Max Fricke claimed third place ahead of Kurtz in the final race of the night.
It left the Poole number one Kurtz two points shy of Rohan Tungate, who wins his first ever Australian title, with Fricke third overall and Holder 4th.
Defending champion Sam Masters saw any faint hopes he had of retaining his title fade when he suffered an ankle injury during the pre-meeting practice session which troubled him during heat one, the only race he appeared in.
Jack Holder 15;Rohan Tungate 17;Max Fricke 15;Brady Kurtz 15;Jordan Stewart 9 (2nd in B);Jaimon Lidsey 10 (3rd in B);Mason Campton 9 (4th in B);Josh Pickering 9;Jye Etheridge 7;Cooper Riordan 6;Matthew Gilmore 5;Robert Medson 4;Brayden McGuinness 3;Josh Coyne 3;Joel Coyne 2;Declan Knowles 1;Sam Masters 0
Rohan Tungate (62) ;Brady Kurtz (60) ;Max Fricke (53) ;Jack Holder (51) ;Mason Campton (39) ;Sam Masters (37) ;Josh Pickering (37) ;Jordan Stewart (34) ;Jaimon Lidsey (31) ;Jye Etheridge (28) ;Matthew Gilmore (21) ;Cooper Riordan (20) ;Robert Medson (16) ;Joel Coyne (10) ;Declan Knowles (9) ;James Davies (4) ;Brayden McGuinness (3) ;Josh Coyne (3) ;Matthew Pickering (0) ;Ben Cook (0)
up to and including 23rd May