Monson and Summerhayes complete the double at Gillman Speedway

Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes completed the World Cup/Oceania Championship double, as they did in 2017, at Gillman Speedway yesterday afternoon.
After all the dramas of the previous night, the Oceania was relatively sedate by comparison, until the final which developed into something of a farce.
In the lead-up heats, Monson/Summerhayes, and Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt continued where they left off the night before with Monson scoring an unbeaten 15 points, and Plaisted 14.
The major talking point of the heats was the demise of Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox who again suffered bike trouble but on this occasion only took three rides and therefore failed to qualify for the final races.
In their absence it was Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan who won the battle for the third qualifying place in the final. Cohen was only beaten by Plaisted, Monson and Mark Mitchell to finish with 12 points, two points clear of Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr, Mitchell/Tony Carter, and Shane Hudson/Adam Constable, all on 10 points. The final qualifiers for the semi-final were Rick Stephens/Adam Pascoe with 9 points.
The best ride in the heats came from Monson in heat 12 when he came from last place to pass, and beat, Mitchell, Cohen and Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie. That win from the back against two of his main rivals, plus the fastest times of the day when he had a clear run out front, made him the favourite for the final, marginally ahead of Plaisted who had had beaten three out of three over the weekend.
Before the final, however, the fourth pair had to be decided and there was some drama in the semi-final before Hudson/Constable won through. Despite starting from gate three, outside of Headland and Mitchell, it was Hudson who took the lead and pulled away with Stephens in second place, but on the second lap Mitchell ran into Headland and the race was stopped, much to Hudson’s disappointment. With Mitchell excluded from the rerun the question was whether Hudson, who had had a poor season with mechanical issues, could do it again, and the answer was yes! He again won the start and left Stephens and Headland to fight for second place which ended with Stephens second, and Headland excluded from third because of an early hit on Stephens.

Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter (blue) and Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (red) were both eliminated at the semi-final stage. Photo by Judy Mackay.
. . . but Shane Hudson/Adam Constable (yellow) and Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan (white) both made their first appearances in an Oceania Championship final after some impressive heat rides. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Although Hudson and Cohen had ridden well, Monson and Plaisted were the standout favourites for the final, and Monson ultimately won, but the race turned into a shambolic farce with six attempts before it was completed.
In the first attempt, Plaisted (gate two) won the start from Monson, and after Cohen passed Monson on the back straight, and Hudson passed Monson and Cohen, the red lights came on for the first restart.
In restart 1, Plaisted again won the start and established what appeared to be a winning lead over Monson, but in turn four on the second lap, Hudson (fourth) hit Cohen (third) and the red lights came on again with Hudson excluded.
Restart 2 and Monson and Plaisted touched in turn one and Plaisted spun and his passenger fell.
Restart 3 and this time it was Cohen who spun in turn one.
Restart 4 and Monson and Plaisted were dicing for the lead when all three bikes collided and ran off the track in turn four. As is often the case, there were different opinions over the cause, but the only opinion that counted was the referee’s and he excluded Plaisted.
By now the bikes, Cohen’s in particular, were overheated, and there was a lengthy delay before the fifth and final restart which saw a straight-forward win for Monson.

The last restart came about after this collision between Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (red), Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt (blue) and Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan (white). Photo by Judy Mackay.

Monson and Summerhayes win dramatic Sidecar World Cup

Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes won the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup at Gillman Speedway last night, in a meeting which they and runners-up Mark Plaisted and Ben Pitt dominated as the other riders fell by the wayside by all manner of ways including mechanical, injury, exclusions and even suspensions in an eventful night’s racing.

The meeting started relatively uneventful – compared to what was to follow – with straight forward wins by Shane Hudson/Adam Constable, Plaisted/Pitt, Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan, and Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox.

Hudson produced his best ride of a mechanical plagued season at Gillman to win heat one convincingly with all the action between Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning and Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie for the minor placings, but there was disappointment for Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear who were excluded for exceeding the two minute time allowance. Niesche had faced a major rebuild after a spectacular crash in the Bob White Cup meeting (March 23) only to have clutch trouble as he came to the tapes.

Heat two was another easy win, this time for Plaisted as he led home Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr, Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig and Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell. Heat three was another all-the-win win but surprisingly it was Cohen who led home the more fancied Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox and Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone. Heat four was the first race to bring two of the favourites together as the past two winners, Treloar and Monson, faced each other but there were no challenges as Treloar led all the way, but it was the only time Monson was going to be beaten on the night.

Heat five was the first of the contentious heats. It was a clear-cut victory for Monson over Niesche and Mick Headland but as Niesche, Headland and Buchanan were three wide coming out of turn two, Buchanan was pushed into the fence. He lost control and went infield, with his hand raised for restart which wasn’t forthcoming so it was a pointless ride for the Kiwi.

Heat six was an easy win for Plaisted, but some minor disappointment for Hudson after his first-up win as he was relegated to third place by Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin after a close race between Gates, Hudson and Dlylan Moohan/Sean Mason.

Heat seven was similar with an easy win for Treloar but heat three winner Cohen finished last, well behind Hartwig and Jamie Moohan, and worse was to come for Cohen in his next ride.

Heat eight was by far the best race to this point with Rudloff, Trent Headland and Moon finishing wheel-to-wheel, and Headland and Moon side-by-side throughout lap three.

So, after eight heats, things were pretty much as expected. Three of the favourites were leading the pointscore with Plaisted and Treloar unbeaten on 6 and Monson on 5. The only real surprises were Trent Headland a little of the pace with only 3 points, and Buchanan, after his heat five incident, only on 2, but there was plenty of drama just ahead, starting with heat nine.

There was nothing dramatic about the result as Plaisted continued his unbeaten run with Niesche second and Cohen third, but news soon came from the pits that Cohen’s clutch had disintegrated, and after such an impressive start, his night was over.

Then came a very dramatic heat 10, which started with both Hudson and Treloar stopping on the way to the tapes. Unfortunately for Hudson he’d dropped a chain so he was out before the race started and it was looking like Treloar could go the same way as he and Blake Cox were frantically trying to determine why bike 84 had stopped. They eventually got going only for the bike to stall as soon as the tapes went up and Treloar was out, leaving the Headlands, Mick and Trent, to fight out the race – literally!

After an aggressive inside pass by Mick he took the lead early in the race, with Trent in second until the back straight on lap three when his bike stopped and they were unable to push it off the track which brought on the red lights as Mick, and reserves Brian Silvy/Cameron White completed the third lap. All quiet so far but as Mick approached Trent’s bike there was some angry gesturing and Mick spun his bike to a stop next to Trent’s and then there was some pushing and shoving between the two teams until officials intervened. Mick was awarded the race win, but as a result of the affray, both teams were disqualified from the rest of the meeting, and later fined.

Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (blue) and Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (red) pictured during heat 10. Photo by Judy Mackay.

The excitement continued in the final two heats of the round, but more with close racing than controversy. Buchanan put himself back in the picture with a win in heat eleven, but only just as he and Moon finished side-by-side, and then Monson won heat twelve, with Hartwig, Rudloff and Dylan Moohan wheel-to-wheel for the minor placings.

So a lot had happened in the space of one round. Plaisted, unbeaten on 9, and Monson, 8, were still leading the pointscore, and Treloar (6), despite his dnf, was hanging on to third by virtue of his two heats wins, but Mick Headland, Brodie Cohen and Trent Headland were all out of the meeting, giving renewed hope of a semi-final berth to quite a few riders.

The excitement continued in the fourth round with points now vital, and some close race ensued amongst those fighting for a semi-final berth, but Plaisted and Monson continued on the winning ways as there was more bike trouble for Treloar.

Heat 13 saw Niesche back in contention with a heat win but it was a close run thing as the fairing on his bike was rubbing on the tyre on the last lap and he only just managed to creep home ahead of Hartwig which put both on 7 points.

Heat 14 was an exciting race between Monson, Moon and Hudson, and early in the race it looked like Hudson would win and also advance to 7 points, as he led from Moon and Monson, but Monson passed Moon and then Hudson and lap two, and Moon passed Hudson on lap three, to leave Moon and Hudson on 5 points.

After a win by Jamie Moohan, over his brother Dylan, in heat 15, there was more drama for Treloar in heat 16 as his bike again stopped before the race started. This time he was able to start, and finish, the race but he could only manage third place behind Plaisted and Buchanan, and only grabbed that valuable one point from Rudloff on the last lap.

Trouble on the track for Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox before the start of heat 16. An undiagnosed problem blighted them all night but they were still proud to finish as number three in the world. Photo by Judy Mackay.

With a round to go, Plaisted (12) and Monson (11) were assured of the top two places, with their clash in heat 19 to decide who would get first choice of gate in the final, but Treloar, Niesche, Buchanan and Hartwig were tied on 7 points, with Rudloff clinging to the last semi-final berth with 6 points, just ahead of Jamie Moohan, Hudson and Moon on 5.

Niesche, Moon and Treloar were the first to race, all in heat 17, and again there was a pre-race drama for Treloar as his bike stopped at the tapes just as the two minutes expired. As the green lights had not come on he was fortunately able to quickly restart the bike and in the ensuing race he romped away for an easy win and looked to be back on track for a possible third World Cup victory but then the bike cut-out again on the slow down lap, so although he was now already assured of a start in the final on heat wins, he was still stuck with the problem of trying to determine just what was wrong with his bike. Niesche won a wheel-to-wheel finish with Moon, which meant Niesche was into the semi-final and Moon was finished for the night.

Buchanan, Hudson and Hartwig were drawn together in heat 18 with Hudson the one most needing the points but there was disaster ahead for Hudson and Buchanan as Buchanan crashed heavily in turn two, which saw him out of the rerun injured, and Hudson also out, excluded as the cause of the accident. Hartwig had no trouble beating Joe Jones in the rerun to join Treloar on 10 points, and first choice of gate in the semi-final.

An alarming crash in heat 18 by Andrew Buchanan and Denny Cox forced them out of the semi-final, and the following day’s Oceania Championship. Photo by Judy Mackay.

With Buchanan injured, Moohan needed two points in heat 19 to get into the semi-final but unfortunately for him he was facing Monson and Plaisted! Needless-to-say he could only manage third place, despite a close race with Plaisted, and so was eliminated, as Monson raced away for a surprisingly easy win to top the scorecard over Plaisted on countback.

Despite only finishing three races, and winning one, Buchanan surprisingly still had enough points to qualify for the semi-final, but his heat 18 crashed ruled him out, leaving an all-South Australian race between Hartwig, Rudloff (who won heat 20) and Niesche and this was another dramatic event.

Starting from gate one, Hartwig took the early lead and rode the high line as Niesche took the low line to try to chase him down. Niesche was able to make a passing move out of turn two and down the back straight on the second lap but then Hartwig lost control and ran off the track and the race was stopped. Despite a lengthy protest that he’d done nothing wrong, Niesche was excluded from the two bike rerun between Hartwig and Rudloff.

Again Hartwig was the early leader but the drama was not over. As they finished the second lap smoke starting billowing from Hartwig’s bike and his race looked shot, but somehow he not only managed to keep going but retained the lead until Rudloff was able to make an inside pass with just a quarter-of-a-lap remaining.

After all the drama of the preceding races, the final was comparatively subdued, as Monson led a wheel-to-wheel race with Plaisted all the way to win his second World Cup and Plaisted finished a comfortable second with Treloar third after a close race with Rudloff.

Final action from Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt (blue) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (red). Photo by Judy Mackay.
. . . and Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris (yellow) and Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (white). Photo by Judy Mackay.
Placegetters, left to right, riders on the back row: Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris (4th), Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt (2nd), Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (1st), Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (3rd). Photo by Judy Mackay.

Speedway Sidecar World Cup at Gillman on Saturday night

The biggest two international events in Speedway Sidecar racing, the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup, and the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship, will take place at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway Stadium this weekend.

In both events the highest placed riders available from last season’s Australian Championship will race against riders representing New Zealand, the United States of America and France to decide the World’s best rider for 2019.

The World Cup is on Saturday night, 6 April, while the restaging of the Oceania Championship, which was rained off last Saturday night, is on Sunday afternoon (7 April).

This is the fourth time Gillman has staged the World Cup and previous winners Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes are in the line-up, along with former Oceania Champion Mark Plaisted (passenger Ben Pitt), former Australian Champions Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, and former World Track Racing champion Mick Headland (passenger Brenton Kerr).

The international challenge will be led by New Zealand riders Andrew Buchanan (passenger Denny Cox) and Jamie Moohan (Bayley Ogilvie).

Buchanan/Cox finished third in the last two World Cups, while Moohan/Ogilvie were semi-finalists in both of the international meetings last season and are the current NZ number two.

Sunday afternoon’s Oceania Championship will be the final meeting of the 2018/19 Gillman summer season.

Top photo: Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland (red), Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (blue) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (yellow) in last season’s World Cup meeting. Photo by Derick Thomas.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Dates: Saturday, 6 April 2019 (World Cup); Sunday, 7 April 2017 (Oceania Championship)

Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.

Parking and entrance: Patrons can enter via gates at the western and eastern ends of the venue. There are free off-street parking areas near both gates.

Gates open: at 4 pm (Saturday) and 1 pm (Sunday).

Racing starts: at 7.30 pm Saturday night; 3 pm Sunday afternoon. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 1 hour before racing starts.

Format: 20 heats, last-chance semi-final, final.

Riders/Passengers:

World Cup:

Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox, Dylan Moohan/Sean Mason, Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (representing New Zealand)

Joe Jones/Jaron Silvy (representing USA)

Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (representing France)

Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan, Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin, Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig, Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, Shane Hudson/Adam Constable, Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes, Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell, Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (representing Australia)

Reserves: Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning.

Oceania Championship:

As above except Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter replacing Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, and Rick Stephens/Adam Pascoe replacing Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear. Reserves: Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, Brian Silvy/Cameron White.

Admission prices Saturday night: Adults $30, Age Pension and Student Concession $25 (*), Children Under 16 $10 (aged 12-15 inclusive), Children Under 12 free. Family $70. Programme $5. Grandstand seating $5. Parking free.

Admission prices Sunday afternoon: Adults $15, Age Pension and Student Concession $10 (*), Children Under 16 free. Programme $5. Grandstand seating free. Parking free.

(*) Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only. Eftpos is only available at the eastern gate. The western (main) gate is cash only.

Seating: Grandstand seating for 216 people. Large grassed viewing mounds and terracing suitable for deck chairs.

Food and drink: Full bar and catering available. Food includes hot chips, hamburgers, chicken burgers, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, Chiko Rolls, dim sims, hot dogs, doughnuts, coffee, tea, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World] Eftpos is only available at the main canteen.

Bar facilities available but please note a condition of our liquor licence is no byo alcohol or glass can be brought into the venue.

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos is not available in the souvenir shop.

Weather Forecast: (As at 3 April) Saturday – maximum 22, minimum 15, partly cloudy. Sunday – maximum 22, minimum 12, partly cloudy, slight chance of a shower in the evening. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]

Pets: No pets, other than guide dogs, are allowed into the venue.

Directions:

The best way to get to Gillman Speedway is off Hanson Road.

If you are coming from the eastern and southern suburbs, get on to Hanson road off Torrens Road or Grand Junction Road, travel north on Hanson road over the train line then take the first road on the left, which is Wilkins road.

From the northern suburbs, travel down the new Port Adelaide expressway and take the Hanson Road exit. Once on Hanson Road, take the first exit on your right, this is Wilkins road.

From the western suburbs, Wilkins Road is the continuation of Bedford Street, north of Eastern Parade.

For interstate visitors flying into Adelaide and getting a hire car, Gillman is about 20kms, and 30 minutes’ drive (depending on traffic lights) from the airport.

The easiest and most direct way from the airport, if not going to your accommodation first is:

On leaving the airport, turn left onto Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Continue along Sir Donald Bradman Drive until you reach the end of the airport grounds and turn right onto Tapleys Hill Road. Keep going on Tapleys Hill Road until you can’t go any further. That’s Port Road. Turn left onto Port Road (you can only turn left). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. Go 700 metres along Grand Junction Road, over a bridge over a railway line. Stay in the left lane because at the bottom of the bridge you turn left into Gray Terrace. Go to the end of Gray Terrace and turn right onto Bedford Street. Keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2km.

Accommodation: There is plenty of accommodation in Adelaide and suburbs, within 20-30 minutes of the Speedway, ranging from five star hotels to caravan parks and backpacker hostels. The Pavlos Motel on Main North Road, Pooraka offers a discount to speedway fans but you must ring the motel direct and ask for the Gillman Speedway discount. Full details are on the Gillman website under the information/accommodation tab.

Live results: Live results are free to view on the MYLAPS phone app. (www.speedhive.mylaps.com). The Gillman programme is available to download from the Gillman Speedway website (under the Shop tab) from Friday afternoon for $5.50 payable by credit card or PayPal.

Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email contact@gillmanspeedway.com

Oceania Sidecar Championship rained off

The FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship was rained off after nine heats at Gillman Speedway tonight.

The meeting will now be restaged on Sunday afternoon, 7 April. Gates will open at 1pm and racing will start at 3pm.

Results of the heats held before the rain-off were:

Ht 1     Buchanan (R, M. Headland (B), J. Moohan (Y), Gates (W, exc, lapped), 61.699

Ht 2     Monson (B), D. Moohan (Y), Hudson (W), Jones (R-exc, barging), 61.232

Ht 3     Rudloff (Y), Cohen (R), Stephens (W-replaced Niesche who did not ride), Hartwig (B), 62.444

Ht 4     Plaisted (B), Treloar (W), Mitchell (Y), Moon (R), 61.111

Ht 5     Mitchell (R), Buchanan (B), Stephens (Y), Jones (W), 60.638

Ht 6     Plaisted (R), M. Headland (W), Cohen (B), Hudson (Y-ret), 61.237

Ht 7     Monson (W), Moon (B), Gates (Y), Hartwig (R), 60.405

Ht 8     Treloar (Y), J. Moohan (R), Rudloff (W), Fleet (B-repl D. Moohan who withdrew), 60.145

Ht 9     Treloar (B), Buchanan (W), Hudson (R), Hartwig (Y), 61.833

Heat nine run in steady rain. Track grade after the rain, but ran again before the racing could restart. Another track grade, then meeting abandoned. Restaging to be a complete restart, starting with heat one.

FIM Oceania Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway Saturday night

The first of this season’s two International Speedway meetings, the FIM Oceania Sidecar Championship, takes place at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway Stadium this Saturday night (30 March).

Sixteen riders representing Australia, New Zealand, the USA and France will contest 20 heats, with the top three point scorers, plus the winner of a last chance semi-final for the next four highest scorers, going into the final to decide the 2019 champion.

This is only the fifth staging of the Oceania Championship and all three previous winners — Darrin Treloar, Warren Monson and Mark Plaisted — will take apart along with last season’s placegetters, Andrew Buchanan and Mark Mitchell, plus Mick Headland, third behind Plaisted and Treloar in the recent South Australian Championship, and Damien Niesche who was second in this season’s Super Series after a run-off with Treloar.

They will all be amongst the favourites, but this season’s line-up is the most even in the short history of the event, and the remaining riders (listed below) are all not only capable of taking points from the favourites, but of even reaching the semi-final or final themselves.

Top photo: Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (blue) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (white). Photo by Derick Thomas.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 30 March 2019.

Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.

Gates open: Gates open at 5pm. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30pm.

Racing starts: 7.30pm.

Format: 20 heats, last-chance semi-final, final.

Riders: Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox, Dylan Moohan/Sean Mason, Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (representing New Zealand), Joe Jones/Jaron Silvy (representing USA), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (representing France), Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan, Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin, Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig, Shane Hudson/Adam Constable, Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes, Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell, Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (representing Australia). Reserves: Rick Stephens/Adam Pascoe, Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning

Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension & Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 free, Family $55. Parking free. Programme $5. Grandstand $5.

Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only. Eftpos is only available at the eastern gate. Cash only at the western (main) gate.

Seating: Grandstand seating for 216 people. Large grassed viewing mounds and terracing suitable for deck chairs.

Food and drink: Full bar and catering available. Food includes hot chips, hamburgers, chicken burgers, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, Chiko Rolls, dim sims, hot dogs, doughnuts, coffee, tea, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World] Eftpos is only available at the main canteen.

Bar facilities available but please note a condition of our liquor licence is no byo alcohol or glass can be brought into the venue. Also note no pets, other than guide dogs, are allowed into the venue.

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos is not available in the souvenir shop.

Weather Forecast: (As at 27 March) Maximum 18, minimum 12. Cloudy, chance of showers. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]

Directions:

The best way to get to Gillman Speedway is off Hanson Road.

If you are coming from the eastern and southern suburbs, get on to Hanson road off Torrens Road or Grand Junction Road, travel north on Hanson road over the train line then take the first road on the left, which is Wilkins road.

From the northern suburbs, travel down the new Port Adelaide expressway and take the Hanson Road exit. Once on Hanson Road, take the first exit on your right, this is Wilkins road.

From the western suburbs, Wilkins Road is the continuation of Bedford Street, north of Eastern Parade.

For interstate visitors flying into Adelaide and getting a hire car, Gillman is about 20kms, and 30 minutes’ drive (depending on traffic lights) from the airport.

The easiest and most direct way from the airport, if not going to your accommodation first is:

On leaving the airport, turn left onto Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Continue along Sir Donald Bradman Drive until you reach the end of the airport grounds and turn right onto Tapleys Hill Road. Keep going on Tapleys Hill Road until you can’t go any further. That’s Port Road. Turn left onto Port Road (you can only turn left). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. Go 700 metres along Grand Junction Road, over a bridge over a railway line. Stay in the left lane because at the bottom of the bridge you turn left into Gray Terrace. Go to the end of Gray Terrace and turn right onto Bedford Street. Keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2km.

Accommodation: There is plenty of accommodation in Adelaide and suburbs, within 20-30 minutes of the Speedway, ranging from five star hotels to caravan parks and backpacker hostels. The Pavlos Motel on Main North Road, Pooraka offers a discount to speedway fans but you must ring the motel direct and ask for the Gillman Speedway discount. Full details are on the Gillman website under the information/accommodation tab.

Live results: Live results are free to view on the MYLAPS phone app. (www.speedhive.mylaps.com). The Gillman programme is available to download from the Gillman Speedway website (under the Shop tab) from Friday afternoon for $5.50 payable by credit card or PayPal.

Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email contact@gillmanspeedway.com

Darrin Treloar and Blake Cox win the Bob White Cup

Darrin Treloar and Blake Cox won the inaugural Bob White Cup at Gillman Speedway on Saturday night (23 March).

With 20 nominations, the riders were split into two groups to give all riders a chance of riding in the Cup races.

The top eight riders, all from the forthcoming FIM Oceania Championship, rode in Group one with only the top point scorer earning direct qualification into the final. The remaining riders went into three semi-finals, against the top point scorers from group two, with the semi-final winners going into the final.

Treloar/Cox top scored in the group one heats, but not with a clean sheet, as they were beaten by Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter in heat six, leaving them with 11 from a possible 12 points. Like Treloar, Mitchell won three of his four heats, but bike trouble saw him relegated to third place behind Treloar and Stephens in his second heat, and so finished a point behind Treloar on 10 points.

The best racing during the heats were the races involving Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien and Shane Hudson/Adam Constable and they were also prominent in the cut-throat semi-finals which were easily the best races of the night.

Left to right: Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (white), Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris (yellow), Shane Hudson/Adam Constable (blue). Photo by Judy Mackay.

The first semi-final saw a close race between Mitchell and Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell with Mitchell winning but the next two semi-finals saw two really exciting races between Rudloff and Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox in SF 2, and Stephens and Hudson in SF3.

The Rudloff-Buchanan race was possibly the race of the season as they were side by side for a lot of the race, with Buchanan trying to push Rudloff out, and Rudloff clamping Buchanan on the pole line until Rudloff clipped the fence on the back straight on lap three and lost a little ground.

The Stephens-Hudson race was almost as good as they were also side-by-side for several laps before Stephens edged ahead.

By comparison the Final was relatively straight forward with Treloar leading all the way, and Mitchell shaking off a strong early challenge from Buchanan to finish second with Buchanan third and Stephens fourth.

Jake Treloar made it a family double by taking out the Bob White Junior Cup, with passenger Kayden Gates, ahead of Nate Headland/Adam Niesche and Jackson Milner/Kaidyn Silvy.

Top photo: Standing, left to right, David Parker, who presented the trophies, Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien (fourth), Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (third), Tony Carter/Mark Mitchell (second), Ron Parker/Shane Rudloff (Bob White was part of their pit crew). In front, Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (winners). Photo by Judy Mackay.

Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spaer only got as far as the first corner of the first race before this terrible crash. Fortunately they were not seriously injured but the bike was too badly damaged for them to continue and they’ll face some late nights this week to get the bike ready for Saturday night’s FIM Oceania Championship. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Sidecars from Australia wide at Gillman Speedway Saturday night

Riders from all Australian mainland states, and New Zealand, will contest the Bob White Cup for Sidecars at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (23 March).

With 20 nominations, organisers had a problem of how to include all the riders in the Bob White Cup events, while at the same time being mindful that spectators want to see close racing, and have come up with a format involving two groups.

Group one will feature the top eight riders, all from the forthcoming FIM Oceania Championship — Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (NZ), Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell (Qld), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien and Shane Hudson/Adam Constable (NSW) — who will race against each other in the heats with only the top point scorer earning direct qualification into the final.

The remaining riders will go into three semi-finals, against the top five point scorers from group two, with the semi-final winners going into the final.

Classic Sidecars and juniors are also on the programme.

Top photo: Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear (left) and Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 23 March 2019.

Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.

Gates open: Gates open at 5pm. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30pm.

Racing starts: 7.30pm.

Format: Bob White Cup. Two groups, three last-chance semi-finals, final.

Riders:

Sidecars: 12-Brian Silvy/Cameron White, 15-Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, 21-Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, 28-Nathan Cock/Jack McMahon (Vic), 31-Darryll Woods/Will Walker, 35-Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter (SA/NZ), 39-Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (NZ/NSW), 40-Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, 55-Ronny Parker/Jarrad Edey, 57-Chris Bichard/Michael Bell, 57-Lance Tulloch/Brayden Wells (Qld), 69-Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien (NSW), 71-Shane Hudson/Adam Constable (NSW), 84-Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), 86-Ricky Cain/Regan Feck (WA), 88-Joshua Wells/Clinton Holmewood (WA), 89-Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, 111-Ricky Adams/Alice Cox, 120-Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell (Qld), 970-Dean Hobbs/Glen Zaworski, 82-Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds

Classic Sidecars – last appearance this season: Chris Fraser/Don Morris (NSW), 30-Glen Hollis/Rex Byrne (Vic), 33-Chris Wakefield/Adyn McCarthy (Vic), 68-Chris Holmes/Hannah Holmes (Vic), 82-Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds, 970-Dean Hobbs/Justin Richards

125cc Under 16 Solos – last appearance this season: 26-Jordan Hargreaves, 33-Jake Fleet, 41-Jackson Milner (Vic), 47-Nicolas Possingham

250cc Under 16 Sidecars – last appearance this season: 28-Nate Headland/Kaidyn Silvy, 41-Jackson Milner/Adam Niesche (Vic/SA), 84-Jake Treloar/Kayden Gates (NSW)

Pee Wees (6.30-7.00pm- last appearance this season): 4-Riley Stout, 5-Jack Silvy, 8-Grace Paul, 13-Jackson McPherson, 16-Riley Edson, 37-William Nicol

Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension & Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 free, Family $55, Programme $5. Parking free. Grandstand free.

Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only. Eftpos is only available at the eastern gate. Cash only at the western (main) gate.

Seating: Grandstand seating for 216 people. Large grassed viewing mounds and terracing suitable for deck chairs.

Food and drink: Full bar and catering available. Food includes hot chips, hamburgers, chicken burgers, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, Chiko Rolls, dim sims, hot dogs, doughnuts, coffee, tea, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World] Eftpos is only available at the main canteen.

Bar facilities available but please note a condition of our liquor licence is no byo alcohol or glass can be brought into the venue. Also note no pets, other than guide dogs, are allowed into the venue.

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos is not available in the souvenir shop.

Weather Forecast: (As at 20 March) Maximum 27, minimum 18. Partly cloudy. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]

Directions:

The best way to get to Gillman Speedway is off Hanson Road.

If you are coming from the eastern and southern suburbs, get on to Hanson road off Torrens Road or Grand Junction Road, travel north on Hanson road over the train line then take the first road on the left, which is Wilkins road.

From the northern suburbs, travel down the new Port Adelaide expressway and take the Hanson Road exit. Once on Hanson Road, take the first exit on your right, this is Wilkins road.

From the western suburbs, Wilkins Road is the continuation of Bedford Street, north of Eastern Parade.

For interstate visitors flying into Adelaide and getting a hire car, Gillman is about 20kms, and 30 minutes’ drive (depending on traffic lights) from the airport.

The easiest and most direct way from the airport, if not going to your accommodation first is:

On leaving the airport, turn left onto Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Continue along Sir Donald Bradman Drive until you reach the end of the airport grounds and turn right onto Tapleys Hill Road. Keep going on Tapleys Hill Road until you can’t go any further. That’s Port Road. Turn left onto Port Road (you can only turn left). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. Go 700 metres along Grand Junction Road, over a bridge over a railway line. Stay in the left lane because at the bottom of the bridge you turn left into Gray Terrace. Go to the end of Gray Terrace and turn right onto Bedford Street. Keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2km.

Accommodation: There is plenty of accommodation in Adelaide and suburbs, within 20-30 minutes of the Speedway, ranging from five star hotels to caravan parks and backpacker hostels. The Pavlos Motel on Main North Road, Pooraka offers a discount to speedway fans but you must ring the motel direct and ask for the Gillman Speedway discount. Full details are on the Gillman website under the information/accommodation tab.

Live results: Live results are free to view on the MYLAPS phone app. (www.speedhive.mylaps.com). The Gillman programme is available to download from the Gillman Speedway website (under the Shop tab) from Friday afternoon for $5.50 payable by credit card or PayPal.

Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email contact@gillmanspeedway.com

Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt win SA Sidecar Championship

Mark Plaisted and Ben Pitt won the Littlehampton Clay Bricks and Pavers/Adelaide Hills Business Park South Australian Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway last night.

The meetings was Plaisted/Pitt’s first appearance this season and they top scored, with 14 points, before leading all the way in the final to win from Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (13 pts), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (11) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (13).

The title was the second for Plaisted and the first for Pitt.

The meeting started in exciting fashion with a very close race between Warren Monson and Mark Plaisted, with Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter and Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox left behind, and heat two was even better with defending champions Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone and Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris exchanging the lead many times before Rudloff gained the lead for the last time through turns one and two on the final lap. Again, another star pair, Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear could only watch from behind.

It was going to be impossible for the meeting to continue at that standard, but there were many more exciting races to follow, and even when there was a rare clear cut race there was still the intrigue of the changing point scores.

After a straight forward win by Neale Hancock in heat three, Mick Headland relegated Darrin Treloar to second place in heat four. Headland led all the way as Treloar fought hard to come from last place, after starting in gate four, and only managed to pass Brian Silvy on the last lap. The much improved Silvy must have been wondering what was going on behind him as he led Sam Harrison and Treloar for three laps.

Treloar quickly got back into stride by beating Monson quite convincingly in the next race; Trent Headland suffered another loss in heat six, going down to Plaisted; Mitchell beat Rudloff in heat seven after a slightly slow start by Rudloff allowed Mitchell to make the early break; and Mick Headland beat Buchanan and Niesche in heat 8 to be the only unbeaten rider after two rides.

Headland’s unbeaten run came to an end in the very next race, however, when a faulty ignition switch caused him to retire from third place after an exciting two lap battle with Trent Headland and Monson, which Trent won. Plaisted had an easy win in heat 10; Niesche got a win over Mitchell and Harrison in heat 11, which kept him in with a chance of a semi-final berth and all but eliminated Harrison; and a Treloar win over Rudloff, Buchanan and Hancock in heat 12 had Buchanan and Hancock on the edge of elimination.

The tightest of the scores was highlighted by Mick Headland going from the only unbeaten rider of two rides, to sixth place after three rides.

Plaisted and Treloar were the equal top-scorers after twelve heats and in a vital result in heat 14, Plaisted beat Treloar to put him in the box-seat for a gate choice ahead of Treloar come Final time. Third place for Niesche meant he was back in the danger zone, and third place for Harrison behind Monson and Rudloff in the previous heat confirmed his elimination. Likewise third place behind Mick Headland and Mitchell in heat 15 saw Hancock eliminated, and even though Buchanan passed Jamie Moohan in the last corner of heat 16, after a torrid battle of the Kiwis, second place behind Trent Headland was not enough and he too was eliminated.

Good riders, close racing – but none were able to reach the final. Shane rudloff/Scott Morris (Y), Neale Hancock/Brendan Johnson (W), Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (B). Photo by Judy Mackay.

Going into the last round of heats, the top seven was all but decided – only Niesche was a long shot of grabbing seventh place – but the final order was far from decided with Plaisted on 11, Treloar, Trent Headland and Monson on 10, Mick Headland and Rudloff on 9 and Mitchell on 8.

First of those out in the last round was Monson and he had a straight forward win to move to 13 points, and with Treloar and Trent Headland drawn together in heat 19, he was a guaranteed his first ever appearance in an SA Championship final, despite having won both the Oceania Championship and the World Cup at Gillman. The heat also saw Niesche finally eliminated, and a nasty crash for the Dad’s Army team of Neale Hancock and Brendan Johnson. Hancock got sideways in front of the closely following Niesche and Brian Silvy, and in the resulting crash Hancock suffered a couple of broken ribs and a sore shoulder.

Neale Hancock and Brendan Johnson crash. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Heat 18 brought together Plaisted, Rudloff, Mick Headland and reserve Rick Stephens, who was very unlucky not to be in the selected 16, and all the action was between Headland and Stephens for second place as Plaisted led all the way to confirm his position as the top scorer (14 points) and first gate choice for the final. Headland passed Stephens on the last alp but second, and 11 points, was not enough to get him onto the final.

Treloar and Trent Headland were out in heat 19 and only one could get direct qualification to the final and it was Treloar (13 pts) who led all the way with Mitchell (10) beating Headland (11) in a close race for second.

The all-important “last chance semi-final” brought together three current or former state champions – Mick Headland, Trent Headland and Mark Mitchell – and the in-form Shane Rudloff. The cut-throat semi-final is always one of the races of the night, and this was no exception although there was an anti-climactic end. Mick was the early leader but Mitchell chased hard and got closer every lap to finally go under Mick on the last lap to win the race, only for his exclusion light to come on for going infield, so it was Mick into the final against Plaisted, Treloar and Monson.

With first choice of gate position Plaisted took one, and Treloar took two, and that probably decided the result as Plaisted won the start and was able to lead all the way with Treloar unable to mount a serious challenge, so state title number 40 for Treloar will have to wait another season! All of the action in the final was between Headland and Monson with Headland prevailing to finish third.

The race for third between Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (yellow) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (W). Photo by Judy Mackay.

Top photo: New South Australian Champions Mark Plaisted and Ben Pitt. Photo by Judy Mackay.

South Australian Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway Saturday night

The prestigious South Australian Sidecar Championship, one of the hardest fought events, and most highly sought after trophies, on the Australian motorcycle speedway calendar, is the feature event at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (9 March).

Presented by Littlehampton Clay Bricks and Pavers, and the Adelaide Hills Business Park, the championship will be contested by a star line-up including the four finalists in last season’s Australian Sidecar Championship, Darrin Treloar, Andrew Buchanan, Trent Headland–the defending SA Champion, and Mark Plaisted, and two former SA champions Mick Headland and Mark Mitchell.

Also in the line-up are former World Cup champion Warren Monson, Damien Niesche-who took Treloar to a thrilling run-off to decide the recent Sidecar Super Series-and Sam Harrison, Neale Hancock and Shane Rudloff who finished third, fourth and fifth behind Treloar and Niesche in the Super Series.

The support events also features some star names, including NZ number two Jamie Moohan, former Australia number three Shane Hudson, and Rick Stephens, who all could be a chance of a semi-final or final berth if they get a late call up for the championship heats.

Top photo: Action from last meeting’s Sidecar Final, Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (red), Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland (blue), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (yellow). Photo by Mike Gerlach JDM Photos.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 9 March 2019.

Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.

Gates open: Gates open at 5pm. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30pm.

Racing starts: 7.30pm.

Format: Sidecar Championship to be decided by 20 heats, a last chance semi-final for the 4th-7th highest scorers, and a final for the highest three scorers and the winner of the semi-final.

Defending Champions: Trent Headland and Darryl Whetstone.

Riders:

South Australian Sidecar Championship: 12-Brian Silvy/Cameron White, 13-Trent Headland/Darryl Whestone, 15-Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, 21-Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, 21v-Adon Pearce/Eli Bock (Vic), 25-Sam Harrison/Luke McGrath, 35-Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, 39-Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (NZ/NSW), 40-Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, 43-Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (Vic), 68-Neale Hancock/Brendan Johnson (Vic), 75-Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt, 77-Tim Bichard/Adam Pascoe, 84-Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), 89-Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, 107-Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr

Sidecar Support: 11-Tom Adams/Matty Barkla OUT 9/3, 14p-Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (NZ), 57-Chris Bichard/Michael Bell, 69-Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien (NSW), 71-Shane Hudson/Jackson Gilbert-Dunn (NSW), 111-Ricky Adams/Alice Cox

Pee Wees (6.30pm-7pm): 1-Emma Seaton, 03-Blake Schlein, 4-Riley Stout, 5-Jack Silvy, 8-Grace Paul, 13-Jackson McPherson, 17-Ayla Severe OUT 9/3, 37-William Nicol

Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension & Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 free, Family $55, Programme $5. Parking free. Grandstand free.

Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only. Eftpos is only available at the eastern gate. Cash only at the western (main) gate.

Seating: Grandstand seating for 216 people. Large grassed viewing mounds and terracing suitable for deck chairs.

Food and drink: Full bar and catering available. Food includes hot chips, hamburgers, chicken burgers, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, Chiko Rolls, dim sims, hot dogs, doughnuts, coffee, tea, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World] Eftpos is only available at the main canteen.

Bar facilities available but please note a condition of our liquor licence is no byo alcohol or glass can be brought into the venue. Also note no pets, other than guide dogs, are allowed into the venue.

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos is not available in the souvenir shop.

Meeting Sponsors: Littlehampton Clay Bricks and Pavers, Adelaide Hills Business Park.

Weather Forecast: (As at 6 March) Maximum 28, minimum 17. Partly cloudy. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]

Directions:

The best way to get to Gillman Speedway is off Hanson Road.

If you are coming from the eastern and southern suburbs, get on to Hanson road off Torrens Road or Grand Junction Road, travel north on Hanson road over the train line then take the first road on the left, which is Wilkins road.

From the northern suburbs, travel down the new Port Adelaide expressway and take the Hanson Road exit. Once on Hanson Road, take the first exit on your right, this is Wilkins road.

From the western suburbs, Wilkins Road is the continuation of Bedford Street, north of Eastern Parade.

For interstate visitors flying into Adelaide and getting a hire car, Gillman is about 20kms, and 30 minutes’ drive (depending on traffic lights) from the airport.

The easiest and most direct way from the airport, if not going to your accommodation first is:

On leaving the airport, turn left onto Sir Donald Bradman Drive. Continue along Sir Donald Bradman Drive until you reach the end of the airport grounds and turn right onto Tapleys Hill Road. Keep going on Tapleys Hill Road until you can’t go any further. That’s Port Road. Turn left onto Port Road (you can only turn left). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. Go 700 metres along Grand Junction Road, over a bridge over a railway line. Stay in the left lane because at the bottom of the bridge you turn left into Gray Terrace. Go to the end of Gray Terrace and turn right onto Bedford Street. Keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2km.

Accommodation: There is plenty of accommodation in Adelaide and suburbs, within 20-30 minutes of the Speedway, ranging from five star hotels to caravan parks and backpacker hostels. The Pavlos Motel on Main North Road, Pooraka offers a discount to speedway fans but you must ring the motel direct and ask for the Gillman Speedway discount. Full details are on the Gillman website under the information/accommodation tab.

Live results: Live results are free to view on the MYLAPS phone app. (www.speedhive.mylaps.com). The Gillman programme is available to download from the Gillman Speedway website (under the Shop tab) from Friday afternoon for $5.50 payable by credit card or PayPal.

Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email contact@gillmanspeedway.com

South Australian Sidecar Championship riders announced

The Motorcycle SA Speedway Management Group have tonight advised Gillman Speedway organisers of the riders they have selected to ride in the Littlehampton Bricks / Adelaide Hills Business Park South Australian Sidecar Championship to be held at Gillman on Saturday, 9 March.

The selected riders, in alphabetical order, are:

Tim Bichard, Andrew Buchanan, Nathan Fleet, Neale Hancock, Sam Harrison, Mick Headland, Trent Headland, Mark Mitchell, Warren Monson, Damien Niesche, Adon Pearce, Mark Plaisted, Shane Rudloff, Aaron Silvy, Brian Silvy, Darrin Treloar.

The following riders are listed (in order) as reserves: Jamie Moohan, Stephen Saunders, Shane Hudson, Rick Stephens, Dean Hobbs.