Tuesday January 07, 2020
WOLVERHAMPTON racer Ryan Douglas endured a frustrating start to the 2020 Australian Championship in Albury-Wodogna on Monday.

The 26-year-old made a steady start to proceedings scoring five points from his first three outings in scorching hot conditions down under.

Unfortunately for Douglas, he was unable to capitalise on a strong start scoring just one point from his final two rides - leaving him 11th in the standings going into Tuesday’s second round at Undera.

Douglas said: “It’s a frustrating start to the series for me. I had a good start to the meeting but couldn’t get anything working after that. I didn’t do enough at the end of the meeting to make the semi-finals and that’s where I need to be to be up against the leaders.

“I will bounce back though and there is still plenty of time to put things right.”

In contrast, Douglas’ 2019 teammate Sam Masters put on a consistent round one showing but just fell short at the semi-final stage - losing out to eventual winner Rohan Tungate and Belle Vue prodigy Jaimon Lidsey.

It was more of the same for Douglas 24-hours later in Undera as he missed out on a semi-final spot by just a single point.

Masters again made the semi-finals with a strong end to the programmed heats - providing another opportunity to add to his overall tally.

However, it wasn’t to be for Masters as he bowed out on the verge of the final for the second round running.

Douglas sits ninth on 13 points with 2019 Wolf Masters seventh on 21. Two rounds remain - the first comes on Thursday, January 9 in Mildura before the series finale at Gillman on Saturday, January 11.

The club wishes to remind fans that main team sponsors Parrys International are hosting their annual open day at their Cheslyn Hay base on Sunday, January 12 between 10am and 3pm and Wolverhampton riders and management will be in attendance.

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