Sam Masters needs to lift in round two to defend Aussie speedway title

TITLE DEFENCE: Hunter rider Sam Masters.
TITLE DEFENCE: Hunter rider Sam Masters.

The Hunter's reigning Australian speedway champion Sam Masters will look to bag top points in tonight's Australian Solo Championship second round at Undera in Victoria.

Masters took just seven points from round one at Kurri Kurri on Saturday and faces stiff competition to retain his title from fellow Hunter riders Rohan Tungate, Josh Pickering and Mason Campton.

Tungate leads the series with 18 points, from Victoria’s Max Fricke on 15, Pickering on 14 and 2015 Australian champion Brady Kurtz on 12.

Kurri Kurri’s Campton also made a fine start making the B-final and sitting sixth with 10 points, just behind Victorian rider Jaimon Lidsey on 11. The Hunter’s fifth contender Jye Eheridge also had a poor opening night and will take five points into round two.

Masters had just three seconds and one third place at and was forced out of his remaining heat by mechanical trouble.