Wednesday January 08, 2020
SWINDON newcomer Jordan Stewart is determined to turn his fortunes around after a challenging start to the Australian Championship.

Round one took place on Monday in Albury-Wodonga after the originally scheduled first round was abandoned two days previous as a result of unsafe track conditions in Kurri Kurri.

Stewart failed to score from his first two outings but bounced back with six points from his final three heats - leaving him 10th in the standings with three rounds remaining.‬

Former champion Rohan Tungate triumphed at the Diamond Park circuit with Belle Vue prospect Jaimon Lidsey taking the early lead at the top of the standings heading into round two at Undera on Tuesday.‬

Stewart said: “It was tough out there for everyone and first corners were so important. I felt on the pace but wasn’t making starts to score enough points to progress, which is frustrating.

“There isn’t much time between rounds to work on bikes but we will be doing everything to get the bikes going forward and score a few more points in the next couple of rounds.”

However, the 21-year-old again struggled for any real consistency on the technical Undera Park circuit - slipping to joint 12th in the overall standings on 11 points.

Reigning champion Max Fricke produced a sensational performance dropping just two points on his way to victory - roaring into a six-point lead at the top of the championship on 37.

Stewart added: “Things aren’t happening for me right now which is frustrating but I’m working hard to put things right.

“The rounds are coming thick and fast now and one good meeting can put me back in the picture for a strong finish.”

The young Aussie will go in search of an improved performance when the series resumes on Thursday, January 9 at Olympic Park Speedway in Mildura.

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