Brodie has a shocker in series final
BRODIE Dingle has been forced into qualifiers for the 2017 Stihl Timbersports Australian Championship after a disappointing series final in Bathurst.
Heading into the fifth and final round of the year, the Mt Perry athlete was fifth on the VW Amarok Championship ladder and poised to qualify for a spot on the Chopperoos team for next month's World Championship to take place in Germany.
His hopes were quickly dashed, however, by a heartbreaking day that included a disqualification and two last places in chopping disciplines.
He competed in six disciplines including three with the axe and three with the saw.
Dingle finished eighth for the round and equal seventh on the VW Amarok Championship ladder.
"Equal-last is a pretty tough position to be in. It is a long year and to end up in that final spot is hard,” Dingle said.
In true Dingle style however, he was in good spirits afterwards and was looking forward to competing better next year
"I guess it just inspires you for 2017, which I will run at with all I have got,” he said.
Dingle opened the day with a demoralising springboard run, a shallow notch slowing him severely for eighth.
He peaked in the single buck in sixth, but came undone with a last place in the underhand and disqualification in the hot saw.
"It was a hard day and nothing really seemed to go my way, days like that just come along sometimes,” Dingle said.
Brad De Losa was crowned Stihl Timbersports Australian Champion after a spectacular stock saw showdown with Brayden Meyer.