By BRENDON GLEDHILL
JUSTIN Sedgmen claimed his third Victorian Solo Championship last Saturday at Olympic Park, just a week after taking his third Jack Young Cup, Gillman speedway’s most prestigious trophy for solo racing.
Sedgmen had a marvellous night last Saturday, finishing unbeaten on the night with five wins from five heat rides and then maintaining his form during the State Final, winning that event by a good margin.
Jordy Stewart was not beaten during the heats, but did fail to finish Heat 13, when he met Sedgmen, who applied pressure to Stewart when they were riding elbow to elbow.
Unfortunately for Stewart, he lost grip going into turn three on lap three and gently slid to ground.
He picked himself up and trudged to the infield, not scoring any points for that heat. He finished second to Sedgmen in the final in what was a good showing, although Sedgmen was the class rider in the championship field.
A great result for Jacob Hook, third in the State Title last weekend, will stand him in good stead for the local New Year meeting and local fans will be keen to see the intensity of Josh MacDonald, after a couple of seasons riding in England and the skills of Kye Thomson, who has had good performances at Mildura over the last couple of years.
After a year of retirement, local racer, Cooper Riordan, came back to serious competition last week and made the final.
He just failed at the start line when he got nervous and let the clutch go early, touching the tapes and had to watch the re-run of the final from the infield. A fourth position in his comeback meeting was a good result for Riordan.
Lads who rode well last weekend include Fraser Bowes, Dakota Ballantyne, Jack Morrison and local, Patrick Hamilton who, along with Mitch Cluff and Matty Gilmore will keep the rest of the field on their toes.