Tungate is continuing a stellar time of great form, which began when he was a Reserve rider in the final Speedway Grand Prix of 2017.
Tungate earned two reserve ride positions in SGP and won them both against the best riders in the World. Tungate has not put a foot wrong since that time winning major meetings at Gillman, Mildura and at his home track at Kurri Kurri in the lead up to this week’s Australian Title Series.
At home last Saturday night Tungate was able to lead the heat points and then win the Championship Round Final ahead of Queenslander, Josh Pickering and Victorian and World Under 21 Champion, Max Fricke, from Myrtleford. Jack Holder finished in 5th place, with Mildura’s Jaimon Lidsey next in 6th place and 11 well earned points.
Unfortunately for Lidsey, he was not able to make it through the “B” Final, with the “A” Final position going to Pickering.
Wednesday night saw round two contested at Undera, again with the win going to Tungate, this time from Masters and Holder with Kurtz excluded from the re-run after a race stoppage.
Brady Kurtz has ridden well in both meetings and top scored on Wednesday at Undera, but at both meetings has had an issue in each of the “A” finals, being excluded in the Undera meeting, which was a big surprise. Kurtz.
The 2016 Australian Champion will need to consolidate his position in the Mildura round, as he is already 8 points behind Tungate and with Tungate in his current form,, he could well press on his advantage.
Sam Masters had a much better night at Undera, scoring 13 points in his heat rides and taking his place directly in the “A” final. Masters had a wretched night at home in Kurri Kurri only able to scratch together 7 points from two second placings and two thirds.
It is most unusual for Masters not to take the chequered flag a few times each event.
Best of the MIldura riders at Undera was Jordan Stewart, who gathered 7 points and 9th place on the night.
He missed going through from the “B” final, but it was still a good result for the cheerful Mildurian.
Four riders were locked on 8 points each with places in the “B” Final dependent on the way that the 8 points were gathered. A countback was conducted by Referee, Gavin Willson, which saw Jack Holder take a place as did Matthew Gilmore, but Mason Campton missed out taking 8th place for the night with Jye Etheridge finishing in 9th place for his effort.
For the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club and MacU Kitchens - Mildura round tonight, the slate starts clean as many riders have claim to success at Olympic Park.
Being the third round of the Championship it will be a time for those riders at the top or those with a chance, to consolidate their position.
Olympic Park was once thought to be a graveyard track for Tungate, that should have now changed was Tungate won the Phil Crump International Trophy back in November last year.
Kurtz has not ridden here for a while, with Holder being much the same, but both lads are quick and have been riding well in the Series, so expectations should be good for them.
Max Fricke will be buoyed by his win last weekend in the Jason Lyons Solo Trophy, so Fricke could be expected to knock a hole in the 9 points that he is in arrears of Tungate.
Olympic Park spectators can always expect that the local “three amigos”, Jaimon Lidsey, Cooper Riordan and Jordy Stewart will do well at their home track.
Crowd support will clearly be behind any of the Mildura riders, but Max Fricke did endear himself to the local crowd during the Lyons meeting.
Mason Campton is another rider who always seems to produce well at Olympic Park and Mason will be keen to keep in touch with the leaders.
Josh Pickering still scored 11 points at Undera to combine with his excellent result at Kurri Kurri, where he scored 14 points all together.
Good support events are scheduled at Olympic Park tonight with a Reserves set of events featuring three riders, a small group of 250cc Under 16 riders as well as five local Sidecar outfits who will race each other to break the program.
Gates will open at Olympic Park at 4:00pm with excellent and free Grand stand accommodation available to patrons, who also may use the grassy banks at the Stadium with a rug for the family of a chair of their own.
Excellent catering is available with both good food and drinks being available at a modest price and patrons are reminded that there must be No BYO by law.
Senior pratice will be held at 6pm tonight as juniors will not be riding because of the Club's heat policy.
The Senior parade will commence at around 7:15pm where Title riders will be presented to the crowd.
Racing in the Championship will commence at 7:30pm.