One Point Disappointment for Charlie Gjedde in Australian Solo
Charlie Gjedde narrowly missed out on making it into the top three for the Australian Solo Championship at Mildura on Saturday night, taking the Speedway Racing News Magazine GM to a second placing in the B-Final, which meant that he secured fourth place from the four round tournament, missing the top three by a mere one point.
The Danish International had to beat local hero, Jason Lyons, to make it into the A-Final, which would have secured him the podium place, however Lyons was in rare form, handing Leigh Adams one of his only two losses throughout the entire Championship in their heat -- Adams' other defeat came from a mechanical failure in round one at Gosford!
Lining up in the B-Final, Gjedde had it all to play for, having to finish ahead of his former Pebley Beach (Swindon) Robins team-mate, West Australian Steven Johnston to secure the podium position.
Gjedde was unlucky to miss the A-Final -- one more point from his heats would have secured a main berth, however, he was locked on points with Lyons, Travis McGowan and Johnston. Lyons and McGowan were given the nod by virtue of their superior heat performances, relegating Johnston and Gjedde to face off in the B.
Despite a spirited effort on an under-powered machine, the 25 year old, who will race in no less than four leagues this year in Europe, was unable to get over the top of Johnston, who has been dynamite in the B-Finals he has contested, thus having to be content with being ranked fourth in Australia, one point behind Johnston, seven from second placed man, Jason Lyons and a massive twenty from Leigh Adams, who received a perfect score from all the rounds.
Gjedde came to Australia with to test the waters and has vowed that he will return next year with a vengeance.
"This has been a great experience for me to come down here," the Speedway Grand Prix aspirant said. "I didn't know what to expect when I came here, but I have enjoyed my time in Australia greatly. The Australian Title is a great format and I must thank Rod Colquhoun and Ivan Golding from the Motorcycling Australia Speedway Commission for their invitation to come and race here, I will certainly be back next year and will be bringing my own engines. I don't want to finish fourth again, I feel that I can at least finish second and if things were right, I would be able to serve it up to Leigh and would hope to break his stranglehold on the title."
"There are a few other people I need to thank, mainly Craig Wallace for accepting me into his family and allowing me to stay on his property for the majority of my stay, Todd Wiltshire for the lend of the frame I used, John Jorgenson for the loan of his engine, Speedway Racing News Magazine for their support, Mick Poole Speedway Spares, Matt Jones Motorcycles, Bill Potten for his mechanical support at the last two rounds and Acclaim Media for assisting with our media while here and anybody else who has contributed to my stay while in Australia, I'd like to thank."
Gjedde will return to Denmark on Wednesday where he will begin preparing for the upcoming European Speedway season.