World class speedway a treat for Broken Hill
Friday, 28th January, 2011
A world class field of solo speedway riders put on a show on Wednesday night, the like of which had not been seen in The Hill for at least 15 years.
In front of a good crowd of 1,500 the championship was fought out by the top 16 riders in Australia.
Last year's British Grand Prix champion, Chris Holder, was on fire with a skilful display of speedway racing.
Holder broke the track record in one of his heats and went on to win the final.
This gave him his third round win and an unbeatable lead in the championship. All he has to do in the final round of the championship in Mildura
tomorrow night is stay on the bike and finish all the races.
Holder won the first two rounds in Kurri Kurri, NSW, Gilman in Adelaide, SA and now in Broken Hill.
The placegetters were Queenslander, Davey Watt, in second, Kozza Smith from Newcastle was in third, and Adelaide's Rory Schlein completed the placings in the final.
The heats provided very fast and exciting racing on a challenging track.
The local circuit with its 480m is quite a bit bigger than what most of the riders are used to.
The race times were very fast on a track that was made a little difficult because of the hot weather. However, the Broken Hill Speedway club track staff did a remarkable job on the track. It provided fast racing, no crashes and a broken track record.
Justin Sedgmen from Mildura was exciting on the night. He scored 12 points from his five rides but was unlucky as he only made the B final on a countback from Kozza Smith.
The championship field was affected by some injuries as the night went on. Jason Doyle who was carrying a injured shoulder from the Adelaide round, reinjured the shoulder while unloading his bike from the ute.
Taylor Poole was also a withdrawal after the first round as he sustained a back injury in Adelaide. He also aggravated it in his first event.
The standard of racing on show on Wednesday night was world class and there were good battles in all the solo heats. Cameron Woodward and Cory Gathercole, both from Mildura, were in great form.
The stand-out rider of the night was Davey Watt who was incredibly fast and provided the crowd with some heart-stopping moments.
World Under 21 champion Darcy Ward was a little disappointing to his standards. Darcy found the track a little challenging and also suffered an engine falure in one of his heats.
In a night that was packed with exciting racing, the championship meeting was supported by sidecars led by Broken Hill stars Rick Howse and Rick Stephens, who were against a first class field from Adelaide and Mildura.
The sidecars also provided the only crash of the night, although it was in practice.
Local sidecar legend Mud Stephens went into the city end turn with passenger Darren Howse a little hot and spun the sidecar around and flipped over.
Rider and passenger were a little shook up but OK. Unfortunately their machine wasn't able to continue.