Thursday, 21 September 2017

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AMCA NATIONALS

As in previous seasons, AMCA Nationals continues to have a strong presence nationwide, as evident in our top-10 ranking, which features drivers from five different states, who have all proven that they are genuine competitors.

1. Tim Reidy (Vic)
Always a tough competitor, Reidy reached new heights this season, despite having completed minimal racing, when he finally achieved what was a long-awaited ambition of his by winning his maiden Australian Title, in what was his ninth attempt in the event. Backing it up the following weekend, Reidy powered to victory in the WA Title, while also recently being named Modified Driver of the Year at the Australian Speedway Awards and finishing fifth in the Victorian Title, placing him firmly at the top of our rankings.

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2. Jamie Collins (Vic)
2016-17 was a standout season for Collins, who did his fair share of travelling, with the Geelong-based racer asserting his dominance on a number of occasions to win both the Victorian and SA Titles, as well as the King of the Murray at Mildura’s Timmis Speedway. His list of achievements continued with a pair of impressive runner-up finishes in the Australian Title at Kalgoorlie International Speedway and the NSW Title at Gilgandra Speedway.

3. Matt Hardy (Qld)
While the outgoing Australian Champion was somewhat disappointed with his fourth-place finish in this season’s Australian Title, Hardy’s season was by no means a bad one, having successfully managed to go back to back in the Queensland Title, as well as claiming the NSW Title spoils and coming home fourth in the Victorian Title.

4. Daniel Brooks (Tas)
After scoring an impressive hat trick of Tasmanian Titles at Carrick Speedway, Brooks decided to travel to the mainland, where he racked up a number of impressive results, winning the Northern Rivers Classic and finishing runner-up in the Andrew Walker Memorial. A strong performance saw the former NSW Champion place fifth in the Australian Title, going on to mirror his SA Title fate in the WA Title, qualifying on front row, before suffering a heartbreaking DNF.

5. David Boyes (WA)
Making the most of his home-state advantage, Boyes proved extremely strong throughout the Australian Title at Kalgoorlie International Speedway and the WA Title at Esperance Speedway, coming away with a pair of third-place results.

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6. Steve Potts (Qld)
Last season’s Victorian Champion continued to display good consistency throughout the season, particularly in Queensland, where he took out both the Archerfield Speedway Track Championship and the overall South East Queensland Action Series point score, against some stout competition, while also finishing fourth in the NSW Title.

7. Andrew Ryder (Tas)
Going from strength to strength this season, ‘Dooie’ Ryder proved to be one of the top competitors throughout Tasmania, wrapping up the overall Tasmanian Statewide Series point standings, by virtue of scoring 11 podium finishes from 12 contested race meetings, six of which were feature-race wins, while also claiming the runner-up spot in the Tasmanian Title.

8. Dean Heseltine (Vic)
Experiencing a career best season, Heseltine picked up a trio of feature-race wins, along with a number of minor podium finishes throughout the season, which saw him take out the Victorian Super Series and the Country Cup, along with being presented with the Best and Fairest award at the Victorian presentation night. He also placed second in the overall Victorian Club Championship point score, picked up a pair of runner-up finishes in the Barry Reidy Memorial and King of the Murray, third in the overall Action Series and sixth in the Victorian Title.

9. Shane Newstead (NSW)
Regularly on the pace throughout his home territory of Northern NSW, Newstead gave a great performance in the Andrew Walker Memorial in April, managing to successfully defend the event, while also placing fourth in the Queensland Title. After qualifying fourth in the SA Title, Newstead was running in podium contention, before being forced to retire from the race while leading. These results, along with a fifth-place finish in the Lismore Track Championship, earn him a place in our rankings.

10. Jason Molle (Qld)
Taking out the Lismore Track Championship, thanks to his consistency throughout the season, the Gold Coast-based racer was a regular front-running contender throughout Queensland and NSW, coming away with a pleasing third place in the NSW Title, while also finishing inside the top 10 in the Queensland Title, greeting the chequered flag in seventh.

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