National Golden Helmet - Gold
Coast, Qld - 3 Nov. 2007
Former Queensland Champion Scott Smith added his
name to the illustrious list of previous
winners as he rode to a polished victory to claim
the Golden Helmet for 2007. Smith, having his
first ride in eight months, was the only home
state rider to reach the final of this national
event, where he came up against Ty Proctor (Vic),
James Holder (NSW) and Ty Platt (NSW). Smith led
the final all the way, with Proctor rounding up
Platt and Holder in the first turn. Holder took
Platt on the second lap, then closed the gap on
Proctor as Smith drew further ahead.
Holder and Sam Taylor bumped together in the first
semi-final, with Taylor coming to grief against
the fence. The referee ruled it a "racing
incident" with no-one to blame, and ordered a
complete restart. However Taylor had a knee wound
which required attention and he withdrew. Proctor
won the rerun from Holder, with impressive Sam
Smith nailed the second semi-final after an early
tussle with Platt. Potential-packed Mitchell Davey,
who was equal top scorer with Proctor in the
heats, crossed for third, with Alan Rivett fourth.
The programme featured plenty of very fast, close
racing on a somewhat slick track. The highlight
race of the night was the close-quarter duel
between Smith and Proctor in Heat 10, with the two
passing and repassing each other and Proctor
taking the win. Smith opened his account with a
win over Holder, but the tables were turned when
they met again in Round 2. Holder also pushed
Masters and Rivett to very close finishes.
Golden Helmet Points:
Ty Proctor (Vic) 11, Mitchell Davey (Qld) 11, Sam
Masters (NSW) 10, Scott Smith (Qld) 10, James
Holder (NSW) 8, Alan Rivett (Qld) 7, Sam Taylor
(Qld) 5, Ty Platt (NSW) 4, Elliott Myers (NSW) 2,
Anthony Perks (NSW) 2, Ashley Cathcart (Qld) 1,
Nathan Apps (Qld) 1.
1. Ty Proctor, 2. James Holder, 3. Sam Masters, 4.
Sam Taylor (did not ride in rerun)
1. Scott Smith, 2. Ty Platt, 3. Mitchell Davey, 4.
Golden Helmet Final:
1. Scott Smith, 2 Ty Proctor, 3. James Holder, 4.