Saturday, 26 May 2018


It was ‘third time lucky’ for the 25-year-old from Newcastle, Sam Masters as he took possession of the 2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship crown on Saturday night, in the fourth and final round at Kurri Kurri speedway (NSW) after placing second in well fought 2015 and 16 Championships.

Feeling comfortable at his home track, Masters topped the heat scoring highly on 14 points, becoming the number one seed ahead of the A Final decider.

Round three winner and 2017 title hopeful, Justin Sedgmen did not have the night he hoped for, scoring only nine points, barley getting him a start in the B Final. Sedgmen still managed to finish the Championship in second place overall thanks to his consistent racing in previous rounds, sitting on a total of 55 points.

Podium 2

Photo: David Lamont

2017 Championship hopes of young gun, Jack Holder (reigning Australian Under 21 Champion) have been dashed after he suffered an unfortunate crash in heat race eight and was medically cleared of a shoulder injury to score only three points for the night. The race included Sedgmen, Campton and Fricke, which restarted without him.

The all-important A Final saw Brady Kurtz, Nick Morris, Masters and Troy Batchelor fly off the line and pile into turn one, where Masters looked to be a little flustered and out of contention. However, he managed to get the rear tyre to bite hard on the exit and launch to the lead.

Immediately after his win Masters was thrilled to finally clinch the Australian Championship.

“I won all my heats, but I got second in my last, my engine was starting to get tired," he shared.

"It has been working well all series, but race engines don’t last very long. We got what we needed out of it and I’ve come out the winner!”

The new Australian Championship winner Masters vowed to return and defend his title in 2018, racing harder than ever before to remain on top of the tree.


Photo: David Lamont

The 2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship has been one to remember, seeing some of the tightest and fast paced action that Australian speedway has to offer. Young and upcoming rider numbers are strong heading into 2018 and there is never ending interest in our riders from top overseas teams for the season ahead.

Final 2017 Australian Speedway Senior Solo Championship Point Standings:

Sam Masters (58)
Justin Sedgmen (55)
Davey Watt (50)
Troy Batchelor (49)
Max Fricke (47)
Nick Morris (43)
Brady Kurtz (42)
Rohan Tungate (30)

* Top 8 are automatically seeded for 2018 Australian Championship

Kurri Kurri Speedway Heat Race Scores:

Sam Masters (14)
Brady Kurtz (13)
Troy Batchelor (12)
Rohan Tungate (11)
Davey Watt (11)
Nick Morris (9)
Justin Sedgmen (9)
Max Fricke (8)
Mason Campton (8)
Todd Kurtz (6)
Ty Proctor (6)
Jaimon Lidsey (4)
Jack Holder (3)
Jordan Stewart (2)
Josh Pickering (2)
Cooper Riordan (2)

B Final: Morris, Sedgmen, Tungate, Watt.
A Final: Kurtz, Morris, Batchelor, Masters.

Results provisional pending results of fuel testing. 

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