Edinburgh Monarchs skipper Sam Masters has agonisingly finished runner-up for a consecutive season in the Australian Speedway Championship.
The Aussie missed out by a single point to 19 year-old Brady Kurtz, in the fourth and deciding round of the series at Mildura on Sunday.
The destiny of the title all boiled down to the A Final and when Kurtz was dramatically excluded for rolling into the tapes, victory for Masters would have clinched the gold medal.
However, Masters could only manage third place behind ex-Monarchs team-mates Justin Sedgmen and Max Fricke, handing victory to Poole Pirates signing Kurtz who was riding in his first senior series event.
Kurtz finished on 55 points overall, Masters ended on 54, with Fricke on 52. Rohan Tungate scored 51. All four earn places in the FIM Grand Prix qualification quarter-finals.
Sedgmen, however, will feel aggrieved at missing out.
Sedgmen, who joined Elite League Swindon Robins a few weeks ago, was the top scorer on the night with 14 points in the qualifying heats. And while triumphing in the A Final, his inconsistent performances in previous rounds, due to mishaps and injuries, denied him a prized rostrum spot in the eventual shake-up. He finished sixth in the final standings.