Fiery finale caps off 2023 Australian Solo Speedway Championships

2023 Australian Solo Speedway Championship

Spherical 4 – North Brisbane (Remaining)

With Endorphin Media

Wednesday evening noticed the ultimate spherical of the 2023 Australian Speedway Championships staged at North Brisbane. The workforce from Darcy Ward Speedway Promotions had been getting ready the monitor for a lot of days and it regarded an absolute image.

Darcy Ward was an international star of the speedway scene before injury halted his charge
Darcy Ward was a world star of the speedway scene earlier than damage halted his cost

Jason Doyle got here into this fourth and closing spherical with a lead of three-points over Jack Holder, and 12-points forward of Rohan Tungate.  Doyle had gained the principle closing at every of the three previous rounds; Gillman (SA), Albury-Wodonga and Kurri Kurri (NSW), earlier than the championship finale hit Queensland on Wednesday evening.

Jason Doyle poses for a photo with Lachlan Hawgood and Corey Van Elswyk
Jason Doyle poses for a photograph with Lachlan Hawgood and Corey Van Elswyk

Native star Ryan Douglas was a wild card for the North Brisbane spherical and set the cat amongst the pigeons throughout the evening, doing a job on Jason Doyle in semi-final.

Ryan Douglas
Ryan Douglas

Total although it was largely an incident free evening of racing. Michael West had a sequence break on the beginning line in warmth 18 and was changed by Jacob Hook because the reserve rider. Warmth 18 was led by Josh Pickering in entrance of Jason Doyle, Doyle made a last-minute lunge for the road however James Pearson held on for the win.

Cooper Riordan
Cooper Riordan

Warmth 20 was an thrilling race with Cooper Riordan, Jack Holder, Rohan Tungate and native wild card Ryan Douglas the combatants. Off the beginning Tungate lunged into first place however proceedings have been then red-flagged resulting from motion on the road from Riordan.

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Tungate led into T1 and and T2 on the re-start however with Holder slicing again and Douglas going across the exterior into the result in T3. Holder moved up onto Tungate’s rear wheel as they exited T4 for lap two and was then in a position to slip beneath Tungate in T4, however Douglas was properly out in entrance. On the exit of T2 on the following lap holder pushed up and left solely a small hole for Tungate on the wall, this left Douglas approach out in entrance with Holder 2nd, Tungate 3rd and Cooper Riordan in 4th.

It looked like it was going to be on like Donkey Kong!
It regarded prefer it was going to be on like Donkey Kong!

As they received again to peel off the monitor there was a little bit altercation between Holder and Tungate whereas they have been nonetheless on their bikes. 

Holder and Tungate conflict

Then as they dismounted and nonetheless totally charged with adrenalin, Tungate took a swing at Jack Holder.

Cooler heads eventually prevailed...
Cooler heads ultimately prevailed…

Chris Holder was shortly on the scene together with Kevin Apps (COC) and Starter Anthony Driscoll.

Cooler heads ultimately prevailed…

Issues have been settled down and proceedings moved on because the riders have been escorted to the pits. This wasn’t new floor for the pair as Tungate and Holder had been concerned in an analogous scenario just a few years again.

Because the occasion entered the semi-final stage Doyle was on 61 factors, Jack Holder on 59, Max Fricke on 50 and Rohan Tungate on 49. Max Fricke had in all probability been the rider of the evening within the lead as much as the semis.

Max Fricke
Max Fricke

The semi-finals delivered some unbelievable racing, however below the championship factors system semi-finalists earn no factors, solely a spot within the closing.  Doyle’s destiny was in his personal fingers as he had acknowledged he wouldn’t race in Australia sooner or later and was clearly aiming to bow out on high.  Semi-final 1 noticed Douglas, Fricke, Doyle and Prepare dinner do battle.

Max Fricke, Ryan Douglas
Max Fricke, Ryan Douglas

Fricke received an amazing begin however Douglas caught him up by the exit of T3, leaving Doyle in third and Prepare dinner to complete fourth. It was the primary closing Doyle had missed within the sequence. One can solely think about what might need been if Douglas had of participated in your entire championship.

Rohan Tungate
Rohan Tungate

Jack Holder, Ryan Tungate, Bradley Kurtz and Zane Kelleher contested the second semi. Kelleher had been a stand-out off the gate all evening however this time round Holder received a cracking begin to lead via T1 and T2 from Tungate, as Kurtz and Kelleher jostled for place.

All of it got here all the way down to the sequence closing.

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Jack Holder, Max Fricke, Ryan Douglas, Rohan Tungate. Douglas had been revelling within the exterior begin gate all night however Fricke was fast off the gate in pink, with Holder in second and Douglas in third onto the again straight.

Holder got here up the within in T3 and handed Fricke, with Douglas and Tungate in scorching pursuit. Douglas then received up into second because the rounded T1 for the second time. Fricke then got here again and handed Douglas on the within via T3.

Holder had a superb lead as he led into the ultimate lap, taking time for a sneak peek as he blasted via T4. Positions didn’t change as they rounded in the direction of the chequered flag. Holder had time to lift his hand in an indication of victory as he exited T4.

Jack Holder on his way to victory in the final
Jack Holder on his strategy to victory within the closing

First to congratulate Holder was his brother Chris, who had beforehand gained 5 Aussie Titles.

Jack Holder - 2023 Australian Solo Speedway Champion
Jack Holder – 2023 Australian Solo Speedway Champion

Jason Doyle had some selection phrases in his podium interview concerning the efforts from Motorcycling Australia within the promotion of speedway, however then recanted these feedback 36 hours on social media.

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2023 Australian Solo Speedway Championship

On the closing, and all through the quick-fire sequence, there was some unbelievable racing with some nice particular person performances.

Congratulations to Jack Holder, our 2023 Australian Solo Speedway Champion.

There was additionally some nice ability displayed by the kids on the help card.

Some great up and coming young speedway talent
Some nice up and coming younger speedway expertise

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Spherical 4 Scores – North Brisbane

Pos Rider Factors
1 Jack Holder  16
2 Max Fricke 17
3 Rohan Tungate 13
4 Ryan Douglas (WC) 12
5 Jason Doyle 11
6 Brady Kurtz 11
7 Zach Prepare dinner 8
8 Zane Keleher 8
9 Josh Pickering 8
10 Chris Holder 7
11 Justin Sedgmen 7
12 Zaine Kennedy 5
13 James Pearson 3
14 Michael West 2
15 Patrick Hamilton 2
16 Cooper Riordan 0
17 Jacob Hook (R) 0

2023 Australian Solo Speedway Championship Factors

Pos Rider Whole Rnd1
Kurri Kurri
N. Brisbane
1 Jack Holder 63 17 12 18 16
2 Jason Doyle 61 17 16 17 11
3 Max Fricke 53 11 17 8 17
4 Rohan Tungate 51 14 10 14 13
5 Brady Kurtz 45 8 13 13 11
6 Josh Pickering 39 6 14 11 8
7 Justin Sedgmen 38 13 9 9 7
8 Chris Holder 37 11 10 9 7
9 Zach Prepare dinner 28 5 7 8 8
10 Zane Keleher 22 3 5 6 8
11 James Pearson 16 3 6 4 3
12 Zaine Kennedy 14 4 5 5
13 Ryan Douglas (WC) 12 12
14 Sam Masters 8 8
15 Ben Prepare dinner 8 8
16 Patrick Hamilton 7 3 2 2
17 Jye Etheridge (WC) 5 5
18 Cooper Riordan 4 3 1 0
19 Fraser Bowes 3 3
20 Brayden McGuinness 2 2
21 Michael West 2 0 0 0 2
22 Maurice Brown (WC) 0 0
23 Jake Turner (R) 0 0
24 Liam Could (R) 0 0
25 Kane Lawrence 0 0
26 Harrison Ryan 0 0
27 Jacob Hook (R) 0 0