TUNGATE HUNGRY FOR KURTZ BATTLE
Rohan Tungate insists his Mildura battle has only made him hungrier to seal his first Australian Championship at Gillman on Sunday.
13 / 01 / 2018, 12:08
Australian Championship contender Rohan Tungate insists his Mildura battle has only made him hungrier to seal his first national title at the deciding round at Gillman on Sunday.
After winning the opening two meetings in Kurri Kurri and Undera, Tungate endured a trying night at Olympic Park on Friday, only just scraping into the B Final with eight points, before pulling out a huge win to reach the A Final, in which he claimed what seemed an unlikely third place.
It was enough to stop Brady Kurtz overtaking him for top spot, with the Poole and Leszno man racing to a second straight 15-point maximum in the heats, before finishing second behind Jack Holder in the A Final.
I was really disappointed in the way I rode and it just makes me hungrier to do better next time.
The top pair are now tied on 45 points ahead of their showdown in Adelaide. And Tungate insists losing his lead in Mildura will kick him into top gear for Gillman.
He said: “I think you’ve got to have one bad meeting in the whole series. It wasn’t a good track for me. I’ll take it. I’m not happy, but things can only get better.
“It was pretty close, but I got the job done. I was really disappointed in the way I rode and it just makes me hungrier to do better next time.”
Kurtz has also reached all three A Finals, but was excluded for touching the tapes at Kurri Kurri and crashed in the Undera medal race. So he was pleased to get second spot and drop just one point at Mildura to put the title race on a knife edge.
He said: “It was a good night for me on Friday. I got a lot of points. I could say I was disappointed to get second in the final, but I think I’d be lying. That was a lot of points for me.
“I’ve caught right up to Rohan, which I didn’t think would happen in one round. Going into Gillman even, everyone starts from square one and I am looking forward to it.
“I always thought this title would come down to the line. There are about four or five or us who were always going to be there in the end. I’m happy I’m up the top.”
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AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1= Rohan Tungate 45, Brady Kurtz 45, 3 Max Fricke 38, 4 Sam Masters 37, 5 Jack Holder 36, 6 Mason Campton 30, 7 Josh Pickering 28, 8 Jordan Stewart 25, 9= Jaimon Lidsey 21, Jye Etheridge 21, 11 Matthew Gilmore 16, 12 Cooper Riordan 14, 13 Robert Medson 12, 14= Joel Coyne 8, Declan Knowles 8, 16 James Davies 4.