Hunter rider Sam Masters has blasted back into Australian Speedway Solo Championship title contention with victory in round two at Mildura on Saturday night.
Masters, from Newcastle, took 16 points from the meeting to sit on 26 third behind Queenslander Davey Watt (32) and Justin Sedgmen (29) who was racing on his home track.
Runner-up in the Aussie titles for the past two years, Masters said consistent results were the key to victory in the series.
He will be looking for A-final finishes in the final two legs at Undera, near Shepparton in Victoria, and the final round at Kurri Kurri Speedway.
Victorian Max Fricke also had a strong meeting finishing second in the final to Masters and sits fourth in the series on 25.
Watts had his third podium finish with third place, with Sedgmen fourth after qualifying through the B-final.
Pelaw Main’s Rohan Tungate was hampered badly by an injured elbow from a high-speed crash in the first round at Gillman and finished with three points to take his series tall to 13 and equal eighth place, with Heddon Greta’s Josh Pickering.
Pickering in his first Australian title series has shown he is not overawed by the step up in competition.
He scored in all five heats with three seconds and two thirds to score eight points for the meeting.
Kurri Kurri’s Mason Campton finished with four points to sit in 14th spot in the series and will be eager to show his true form in the final two rounds.