Wednesday, 22 November 2017

JUNIOR SEDANS

The Junior Sedans class continues to get more and more competitive, with several of our top-10 drivers proving themselves not only on a domestic level, but a national one as well.

1. Angus Hollis (Vic)
Hollis is without a doubt deserving of the top spot in our rankings, having been undefeated throughout the entire National Title event, claiming what was a somewhat upset victory over some formidable opponents. Recently named Junior Competitor of the Year at the 2017 Australian Speedway Awards, Hollis also claimed the Tasmanian Title crown and took top honours in the prestigious Neville Pike Memorial at Laang Speedway, collecting nine feature-race wins throughout the season.

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2. Ardie Jonic (Qld)
Topping the Speedway Sedans Australia feature race leader board with 13 wins in 2016-17, Jonic, who was the most travelled Junior Sedan driver, was certainly a force to be reckoned with, having won the Queensland, Victorian, SA Titles and NT. Jonic also came away with a third-place result in the National Title, and another controversial third-place finish in the WA Title (relegated after crossing line first), giving him his best season yet.

3. Jackson Lunt (Vic)
Just short of achieving a title victory this season, Lunt picked up a pair of impressive runner-up finishes in both the National and Victorian Titles. Another highlight was a third-place finish in the Neville Pike Memorial.

4. Ricky Cornwall (Vic)
Having tasted feature-race success, Cornwall delivered a great performance in the National Title, qualifying on the outside of the front row before coming home in a pleasing sixth place, along with picking up third place in the Victorian Title. He also came away second in the Neville Pike Memorial amongst more than 30 rivals, as well as being presented with the prestigious Michael Gorman Rising Star Award.

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5. Casey Collins (Qld)
A driving force throughout Queensland’s competition this season, Collins racked up a significant 10 feature-race wins, while narrowly missing out on defending the Queensland Title crown, after coming home in the runner-up spot. Collins also displayed strong pace in the National Title, charging through the field to a seventh-place result, after starting 13th.

6. Kasey Garlick (Vic)
Creating history by becoming the highest-placed female finisher in a Junior Sedan Title, Garlick proved that she can certainly hold her own against the boys, coming home with a fantastic fourth-place finish in the National Title. Garlick also managed to collect two feature-race wins, while also claiming a pleasing fourth-place result in the Neville Pike Memorial.

7. Brad Gartner (SA)
Gartner’s season highlight was without a doubt coming home fifth in the National Title in front of a home crowd at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway. Cracking into the top five in a multiple blue-ribbon events, he also placed third in the SA Title, fourth in the NT Title and a solid fifth in the Victorian Title.

8. Jakobe Jetson (Tas)
Certainly flying the flag high for his home state during what was his final season with the class, Jetson is arguably the most impressive Junior Sedan driver to come out of Tasmania, having scored a number of pleasing results, clinched the runner-up spot in the Tasmanian Title, placing eighth in the Victorian Title and coming home 10th in the National Title.

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9. Bradley Oldfield (WA)
A consistent competitor throughout his home state of WA, despite contesting a limited schedule, Oldfield’s best result came in January when he clinched top honours in what was a controversial WA Title for the second consecutive season, becoming the first driver ever to win multiple WA Junior Sedan Titles.

10. Jake Avins (WA)
Showing good consistency throughout the season with a number of top-10 results in title events, Avins’s season was highlighted by a strong qualifying result in the National Title, which saw him line up fourth, before greeting the chequered flag in eighth. Other notable achievements include placing fifth in the WA Title and 10th in the Victorian Title.

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