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Davies to take on the best

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Newcastle teenager Alex Davies will be part of the three round series to decide the 2010 Australian Speedway Solo championship after finishing fourth in the Qualifying meeting staged at Mildura on Wednesday night. Davies was one of six riders to progress from a keenly fought meeting and he will go on to contest the championship proper which commences at the Gillman Speedway in Adelaide on Saturday night (January 2). It is a remarkable feat for Davies who is the least experienced of the six riders to qualify. Others to win through included Adelaide rider Robert Ksiezak, Justin Sedgmen of Mildura and Josh Grajczonek of Townsville, all of whom have contested the championship before and have experience in overseas league racing to call on. James Holder, who secured the last qualifying berth in a run-off, also has several years overseas racing behind him. English rider Josh Auty completes the line-up for the championship after having been granted an eleventh hour call-up for the Qualifying meeting following a number of withdrawals, mainly injured riders form New South Wales. Auty has been in Australia for nearly two months and has performed well in meetings in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia and his presence adds an international flavour to the line-up. The ten seeded riders, including Newcastle duo Jason Doyle and Sam Masters and Sydney's Chris Holder know their seeding counts for nothing as they go into battle against the six qualifiers who obviously head into the series with nothing to loose, but a chance to enhance their reputations by claiming the scalps of some far more experienced and better credentialed riders. After the round at Gillman riders will head up the highway to Mildura for another round on Sunday night before the luxury of a six day break before the third and final round at the Newcastle Showground next Saturday night (January (9). While the focus has been on the lead up to Mildura and Gillman, Newcastle Showground promoter Graeme Boyd has been working hard to address complaints about the track surface. Enlisting the help of Tony Wild, Peter Campton and Mason Campton, who have all been involved in the laying of the track for the soon-to-be-opened speedway at Kurri Kurri, Boyd said the Showground track has been 'rebuilt'. A tricky "off-camber" section has been remedied while any rocks in the surface have been crushed into the base with a new top surface to be added. Boyd also has good news for fans as there will be two additional temporary grandstands in place at the Newcastle Showground, on turn 1 and turn 2, which will accommodate 1000 fans. These stands will be utilised for the Australian Solo Championship meeting on January 9, the Australia Day Sidecar Spectacular and then for the Monster Truck show at the venue in early February.

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