The Centralian advocate Fri 11 Jan 2008
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Centralian Advocate, Friday, January 11, 2008 47 PU B : C A D V D A T E : 11 -J A N -2 00 8 PA G E : 47 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Williams takes positives from Victorian race Formula 500 Max Bennett ALICE SPRINGS formula 500 driver Jarrod Williams is taking the positives out of his performance in the Oval Express formula 500 series ahead of his tilt at the Victorian title. Williams said he was happy with his performances in the third and fourth rounds of the series after some mishaps in the early rounds. He said: I started well in Horsham (first round) but rolled during the third heat. After the roll I struggled a bit in the next round but got it together in Warrnambool ( fourth round). In Warrnambool Williams performed brilliantly, finishing second in his first heat behind Australian number one Ben McLeod. The result saw the Alice Springs driver go straight into the final. Williams said: You could see how well we went when the engine was running well. It was a really good performance considering I was up against guys from America and the best in Australia. Williams will race h i s w e e k e n d a t Avalon raceway in preparation for the Victorian titles to take place on January 19 in Laang, the venue of the third round of the formula 500 series. Williams said: I have spent a bit of time racing on the Laang track and feel pretty confident I can race well there. After the Victorian titles Williams will head west to compete in the South Australia formula 500 titles on the Australia Day weekend. Williams will then r e t u r n t o A l i c e Springs in time for the first round of the local series on February 2. Third for Rhodes Alexis Rhodes in action at Ballarat. Cycling Steve Menzies THERE was only 15 seconds between Alexis Rhodes and winner Bridie ODonnell in the Australian road cycling time trial near Ballarat on Wednesday. Rhodes, riding in South Australias red colours, finished third with Olympic road gold medallist Sara Carrigan in second place. While riding in SA colours, Rhodes still treasures her Territory roots after being born in Alice Springs and living here for 16 years before moving to SA for boarding school and advancing her cycling. Victorian ODonnell, 33, is a Hawaiian Ironman finisher and won the Oceania time trial championship. Two years ago ODonnell recorded the fastest amateur womens time split for the Hawaii Ironman then answered a call for an Australia talent identification program. Since then, she has been working toward her goal of representing Australia at the Beijing Olympic Games. Rhodes said she had no idea how close she came to winning the event until after the event had finished. She said: I am really stoked about my race. Just 15 seconds in 41 minutes is bugger all. I was just trying to ride the best I can and hoping to finish in the top five so third is a really good result. No-one was close to the Olympic Games selection mark, set by Cycling Australia, of an average speed of 44.7km/ h for the time trial, leaving three positions for the road team available. Rhodes said while results in the road race would help as an early guide to the team, it would not be picked until June or July. She is sticking to her goal of helping Team High Road teammate Oenone Wood to success in the road race. Wood finished the time trial in ninth position. But it was a notable performance from Wood as she fell from the start house and was awarded a few minutes grace as she composed herself, eventually starting last. She heads back to Adelaide on Monday before packing her bags and bike for two weeks training in USA at the end of the month and then it is on to the European road cycling season.
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