Australian duo impress

PUBLISHED: 09:13 06 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 25 May 2010

SPEEDWAY - THE Somerset Rebels duo Cory Gathercole and Sam Masters have both put in solid performances in the first two rounds of the Australian Speedway Championships that took place over the weekend.

THE Somerset Rebels duo Cory Gathercole and Sam Masters have both put in solid performances in the first two rounds of the Australian Speedway Championships that took place over the weekend.

In Saturday's opening round at Gillman Raceway, Adelaide, Gathercole scored nine points which included a Heat 7 win, to earn himself a place in the B final, where he finished in a more than creditable fourth place.

For Masters, who was appearing in his first full Australian Championship meeting, it was a steep learning curve, but the youngster acquitted himself well in scoring five points, which included a heat win, but was still good enough to place him above riders of far greater experience, such as the Glasgow duo Robert Ksiezak and Josh Grajczonek and Stoke's James Holder.

The following evening saw the championship move on to the Mildura Raceway where Gathercole and Masters scored eight and seven points respectively, Masters underlying his undoubted potential with a heat win over Elite League riders Chris Holder, Rory Schlein and Cameron Woodward, this being the only occasion that Schlein was headed home during the qualifying heats.

With the third and final round of the championship due to take place this coming Saturday, January 9, at the Newcastle circuit in New South Wales, Gathercole currently sits in sixth place overall on 25 points, with Masters 11th with 18 points.

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