Speaking the winning language

ON THE way to clinching a first-ever championship title, English first had to steel his nerves after a shaky start to the night.

Electrical issues in the first heat forced the driver to the back of the pack and threatened to put the brakes on his confidence.

Rather than wilt under the pressure, English bounced back in the second heat to take out third place.

He then followed up this change in momentum with a first place in the last heat to earn eighth spot overall in the 20-car championship final.

English said he managed to carve out an early lead during the race's early stages before relinquishing his position in the middle.

Still full of fight, the Gympie driver found a way to fight back once more and after 40 laps, finished the final stretch six car lengths ahead of his nearest rival.

"The lead changed a fair few times; it was a really close race," English said.

"I couldn't believe it. I still can't believe it.

"This is my biggest achievement in speedway by far."

English, 20, had only competed in the class twice before and said he "definitely" wanted the title this year after seeing a glimpse of the prize last year.

"Last year I was running second place in the race but dropped back later in end," he said.

English has been racing competitively for the last seven years, inspired by members of his immediate and extended family picking up the sport.

The former Gympie State High School student said he wanted win an Australian title one day but for the moment would focus on defending his state championship next year.

"This is pretty good at the moment- I'm pretty happy with it," he said.

English's Queensland title has topped off a successful season in which he has been able to finish within the top three after 12 meets.

Gympie Times


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