Driver happy with Australian title bid

Camperdown driver Jye Saunders in action.

CAMPERDOWN driver Jye Saunders has delivered Colac district its best result at a wingless sprints Australian title.

Saunders was one of two district drivers to head to Parramatta City Raceway for the coveted title and emerged content, if slightly frustrated, with his result.

The 23-year-old qualified for the A-main on Saturday night but was involved in a multi-car pile-up on lap 18, which finished with a rival bursting his right front tyre.

Saunders, speaking from Gundagai in southern New South Wales, said he wanted to make the A-main but raised his expectations when he learnt he would start out of position 11.

“It’s a fun track to race on and it’s pretty well suited to our cars,” he said.

“At the start of the weekend the aim was to make the feature race and go from there.

“When we started from 11th it would’ve been nice to go forward a couple of spots and finish in the top 10.”

Failing to finish the A-main marked the low point of what had been an enterprising weekend for Saunders, driving the V21 car.

He won his first heat but broke a spark plug in the second and started out of position 23 for the night one feature, rising to 15th with a stellar drive.

He placed second in his sole heat on night two to qualify for the A-main in 11th spot.

Saunders will have this weekend off before attacking the Victorian title, at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway on February 25, which will also feature Camperdown’s Jeff Judd and Colac’s Mark Balcombe.

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