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Geraldton Speedway’s Jaeger Berry finishes runner up at Junior F125 state titles

Jake Santa MariaGeraldton Guardian
The Junior F125 podium; Jaeger Berry second alongside winner Georgia Ellis and third-placed Sophie Leonard.
Camera IconThe Junior F125 podium; Jaeger Berry second alongside winner Georgia Ellis and third-placed Sophie Leonard. Credit: Facebook

Another speedway racing series season wrapped as Mount Barker Speedway hosted the state titles for the Junior and Senior F125s over the weekend.

Several Geraldton Speedway Club drivers were in action, including Jaeger Berry who had won most of the junior events at Geraldton this season.

All four Berry siblings - James, Hailee, Hannah and Rylan - were competing, as was their cousin James Berry.

Jaeger Berry finished third in his first heat, with James Berry taking fifth.

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However after being caught in a tangle with Kade Kulker, James failed to finish his second heat.

He bounced back to win his third and final heat by more than two seconds.

This had him starting on the second row for the feature with James on the third, Hailee Berry on row four, Hannah on five and Rylan starting from the back.

Jaeger started strongly off the line and pumped in consistent lap times in the mid-20 seconds to help him quickly move into second.

Hailee, Hannah and Rylan were unable to make much of an impression further up the field while James had to retire on lap nine with mechanical failure in what has been a frustrating season.

Jaeger was stuck behind pole sitter Flynn Harper as Georgia Ellis, who started on the third-last row, had stormed her way through the field and was closing in.

Jaeger finally found a way past Harper on the outside only for Ellis to go even further outside to sweep around both to take the lead.

Jaeger threw everything and the kitchen sink in the closing stages but Ellis had too much pace as he had to settle for second, just 0.677 seconds off the title.

Fellow Geraldton member Charlee Harris recovered from power issues and snapping her tyre in her final heat to finish 10th in the feature.

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