Cowra racers part of speedway team which finishes fourth

Team Australia, including Cowra members Zach Cook and Matthew Gilmore finished fourth in the world titles held in England last weekend.
Team Australia, including Cowra members Zach Cook and Matthew Gilmore finished fourth in the world titles held in England last weekend.

Two Cowra speedway racers, Zach Cook and Matthew Gilmore, combined with fellow team members Jaimon Lidsey, Jordan Stewart and Kye Thomson in Team Australia's Under 21 squad which finished fourth behind Poland, Great Britain and Denmark at the FIM Team Speedway U-21 World Championship Final last weekend.

The final was held at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester England on Saturday morning Australian time (July 13).

The Joeys, as they are affectionately known, went into the final as outsiders and managed to amass 21 points in a highly competitive event.

Jaimon Lidsey led the way for the Aussies amassing 12 points with Jordan Stewart scoring 5, Kye Thomson 2, Matthew Gilmore 1 and Zach Cook 1.

Team Australia Team Manager Mark Lemon was pleased with his young charges, who came into the event with considerably less international experience than their more fancied rivals.

"A podium place was always going to be big ask for the young speedsters" said Lemon.

"However, ultimately, they did themselves and their country proud, gaining invaluable experience that will serve them well in the future.

They can be very proud of efforts in reaching the final.

"We would like to thank everyone who sent messages and showed their support, and special mention to CBS Bins from Adelaide for their continued and generous sponsorship the team, our travel partners ATPI, Motorcycling Australia and Sport Australia," he said.

Eventual World Champions Poland took the event with 41 points.

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