Friday January 10, 2020
WOLVERHAMPTON star Ryan Douglas reached his first semi-final in the Aussie Championship after a lightning start in Mildura on Thursday.

After falling one-point short of a semi-final spot just two days previous in Undera, the 26-year-old was out to prove he had what it takes - reeling off back-to-back wins to start proceedings.

The second of those victories came against Monmore favourite Sam Masters who is expected to be back with the club next season.

In contrast, Masters endured a challenging start scoring just three points from his opening three outings.

Despite running a last place in his penultimate heat, Douglas qualified for the semi-finals at the expense of 2019 teammate Masters who finished one-point behind Douglas on 8.

Douglas said: “That’s a better performance and I feel as though the hard work on the bikes is starting to pay off.

“Tonight was my first semi–final of the series and although I couldn’t make a decent start I’m happy with how my night went overall.”

Masters added: “It’s another case of a slow start to the meeting for me and I had too much ground to make up in the end.

“With a round to go I think a top four place is out the question but I will keep plugging away and will give it my all on Saturday to try and end with a positive result.”

Douglas currently holds ninth position in the standings on 22 points with Masters seven points better off in seventh.

The final round takes place on Saturday (January 11) in Gillman with reigning champion Max Fricke needing just 11 points to retain his title - a target that reduces with every point that his rivals drop.

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