Witches No.1 Tungate: ‘Why should I look to move? I’m happy at Ipswich’

Rohan Tungate

Rohan Tungate - Credit: Picture: Stephen Waller

Ipswich Witches No.1 Rohan Tungate has said there is “more to come” from him, as he hopes for a return to Foxhall in 2015.

The Kurri-Kurri-based 24-year-old has jumped from reserve to the No.1 position in just three seasons – an incredible achievement – but he’s convinced he’s far from finished.

“You learn from year to year and I’ve learned a lot this year,” said the rider who was voted Witches Rider-of-the-Season at the end-of-year awards at Ufford Park.

“My aim was to average eight-and-a-half, perhaps nine points this season and although I ended with an 8.3 average, I know there is more to come.

“I need to work on my upper body strength and fitness a bit more and ride more consistently.

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“I’m confident I can do that and I’m looking to hit that nine point average next year.

“I had a few issues off-track during the season but they were resolved and things just got better.”

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Tungate flies back to Australia next week where he will work as a fabricator (boiler maker) during the long, hot summer months.

But he knows where he wants to be at the start of March – at Foxhall Stadium.

“Some people say to me it would do me good to go and race at another club. But I’m happy at Ipswich and I like the club alot – why should I look to move?”

Meanwhile Witches captain Ritchie Hawkins was more than a bit surprised to win the team’s ‘Most Improved Rider’ at the end-of-season awards.

Thirty-one next week, Hawkins was the elder statesman in a young Witches 2014 side. But there is little doubt he has thoroughly enjoyed the experience,.

“It’s been a great year and I’ve loved it,” he said.

“I enjoyed being the captain. I like the responsibility.

“We’ve had some great highlights, away wins at Redcar, Rye House and Peterborough are always good for team spirit. The team spirit was good throughout the year.

“It was definitely one of the best teams I have ridden in.”

Hawkins, like the rest of the Witches, will be waiting with bated breath to see which riders are retained by director of speedway Chris Louis when the 2015 Witches team is announced, probably before Christmas.

“I would very much like to be back,” Hawkins said.

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