AUS: Gillman Speedway race notes

Dashing Dane (Under)powers to second Australian Title Podium 25-year-old Dane, Charlie Gjedde, has continued to capture the imagination of the Australian Motorcycle Speedway public with his outstanding performances in the Australian Solo...

Dashing Dane (Under)powers to second Australian Title Podium

25-year-old Dane, Charlie Gjedde, has continued to capture the imagination of the Australian Motorcycle Speedway public with his outstanding performances in the Australian Solo Title, recording his second consecutive third placing at Gillman Speedway last night, January 5, on the underpowered Speedway Racing News Magazine GM.

The British Elite League Pairs Champion was in scintillating form early on, recording three convincing wins from three rides; it was only Jason Lyons, the superior Leigh Adams and Craig Watson who finished in front of him in the heats, with Gjedde sticking with Adams for half the distance during their heat, before Watson passed him. In the final it was all Leigh Adams once more, taking his third consecutive win from Lyons, with Gjedde in third and Watson fourth.

Gjedde was particularly happy with his performance. "My engine is very underpowered, it is the one that John Jorgenson took to the podium at the Queensland Title this season and is beginning to get tired. We had troubles getting my Peter Johns tuned engine to Australia just before coming out here; therefore I had to borrow this one. When you look at Leigh Adams and he has his Grand Prix engines and Carl Blomfeldt with him here, I am very pleased to have finished on the podium," said the young Dane, making reference to the Canadian, Blomfeldt, who has won several World Championships as a tuner (most notably with Swede, Tony Rickardsson), who is in Adams' corner for the Australian Championships.

"I knew tonight that it was important to make the starts if I was any chance to make some good points, as there was no chance that I could really pass if I missed the start. I put all my efforts into the starts and it seemed to have worked. I am very grateful to John for allowing me to use his engine while here in Australia and also to Todd Wiltshire, who has leant me the frame I am using."

Charlie is now basing himself in Mildura, preparing for the final round of the Championship this Saturday night, January 8. He is locked in a battle for the final podium position. He is on 46 points, equal fourth with Steven Johnston, just two off the third placed Watson and five off of second placed Lyons.

"We are still in a good position to make it into the top three in the Championship, which I would really like to do. Mildura will be tougher than the other tracks that we have been to so far, because so many of the other riders have ridden here basically all of their lives. I will be ecstatic if I can make another A-Final, but it won't be the end of the world if I don't."

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