Deloraine axeman Matthew Gurr found his younger competition hard to beat in round 4 of the 2016 Timbersports Australian Championship at Sandown last weekend making it difficult for him to qualify for the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, in November.
The 51-year-old Gurr finished bottom of the table for the round tied with fellow Tasmanian Kody Steers in eighth place.
The springboard specialist was upset by young Queenslander Mitch Argent in the heats of his pet discipline, recording a time of 52.81 seconds and fourth place. He was fourth in his other strength, the stock saw, with a fifth place in the hot saw, sixth in the standing block, seventh in the singlebuck and eighth in the underhand.
“Sandown was an up and down day for me but I’m pretty happy with how I went,” Gurr said. “I can’t go much better, these younger boys are getting better and better and they are hard to beat.”
Victorian Laurence O’Toole leads the series after backing up from his win in Ipswich with a dominant performance. Brad De Losa (NSW) is second, after re-setting his Australian hot saw record at 6.03 seconds, with Jamie Head (QLD) and Brayden Meyer (VIC) tied for third.
O’Toole, De Losa, Meyer and Head have all made the cut for the Chopperoos team that will be campaigning to lift the trophy for a third-straight year. Just three points separate fifth and eighth place, with Brodie Dingle (QLD), Steers and Gurr leading Argent, for the one remaining spot on the Australian team.
“I reckon I can make it to Germany, but I reckon I will have to buy my own ticket,” Gurr joked. “To qualify to go to Germany would mean a lot. I’d love to go, I’d love to make the Australian team. It is everyone’s goal.”
The final spot will be decided in the fifth and final round of the championship at Bathurst, from October 7-9. Championship points after round 4 – O’Toole (VIC) 28, De Losa (NSW) 26, Head (QLD) 25, Meyer (VIC) 25, Dingle (QLD) 11, Steers (TAS) 10, Gurr (TAS) 10,Argent (QLD) 9.