Exciting winter finale at Gillman Speedway

The final Adelaide round of the 500cc Solo teams’ winter development program again produced some entertaining racing at Gillman Speedway on Saturday (October 6).

With the summer season starting up around Australia, both teams found themselves short-handed and utilising rider replacement, but that, and the larger than usual margin, did not detract from the racing with some exciting races throughout the afternoon, starting from heat one, which featured four of the gun riders and resulted in a win for Justin Sedgmen from Robert Branford, Ryan Douglas and Robert Medson after a hard fought race.

The Bulls took the lead, which they were to hold throughout the rest of the match, with a 5-1 in heat two which included an impressive 500cc debut ride by 16-year-old Connor Bailey.

Another 5-1 followed in heat three with Dakota Ballantyne and Brayden McGuinness riding side by side to thwart the determined efforts of Kane Lawrence to split them.

Trailing by 8 points after four heats, the Robins gained a 6-3 heat win in heat five courtesy of a double-points win by Sedgmen but that was as close as they were to get.

With no real team allegiances, the scores were of little interest to the spectators who were just enjoying the close racing and heat seven was one of the best of the day with four lead changes between Branford and Lawrence before Branford took the win.

Lawrence also figured in a good ride in heat ten when he was on a double-points ride against the Bulls top two scorers, Douglas and Ballantyne, and managed to split them on the second lap and then hold off Ballantyne for the rest of the race.

Heat 12 was another good race with Morrison, McGuinness and Bailey wheel-to-wheel; as was heat 13, with a good ride by Medson to beat Branford. They crossed the line side by side with Medson getting the nod from the Ref, but it was only for second place behind Douglas who won quite easily.

Douglas won easily again in the final heat but Ballantyne, Morrison and Medson were wheel-to-wheel for the other placings to finish off a good day’s racing and a good winter season.

The emphasis changes slightly now at the speedway with Round 4 of the Australian Supercross Championship on October 20, followed by the Stadium-X Development Series the next day (October 21), both on a track being constructed inside the speedway track; then the annual Gillman Classic Championships on November 3 before the summer season starts with International Solo riders the feature attraction at the opening meeting on November 17.

Top photo: Exciting heat one action from Justin Sedgmen (white), Robert Medson (yellow), Robert Branford (blue), Ryan Douglas (red). Photo by Derick Thomas.

Some good team riding by Bulls’ team-mates Brayden McGuinness (red) and Dakota Ballantyne (blue) on their way to a 5-1 win in heat three. Ballantyne went on to finish as equal top point scorer in the match, with Ryan Douglas, with 17 points. Photo by Derick Thomas.

 

Ryan Douglas (red), Robert Medson (white) and Fraser Bowes (yellow) in heat six which Bowes led until this passing move by Douglas and Medson after Bowes lifted slightly on the second lap. Photo by Derick Thomas.

 

Heat seven was one of the best of the day with four lead changes between Robert Branford (red) and Kane Lawrence (yellow) before Branford took the win. Photo by Derick Thomas.

 

Jack Morrison (white) leads Brayden McGuinness (red), Connor Bailey (blue) and Fraser Bowes (yellow) in heat 12. Photo by Derick Thomas.

 

Final winter Solo teams meeting at Gillman Speedway on Saturday

The final rounds of the 500cc Solo teams winter development program, take place at Gillman and Mildura this weekend, with the Gillman round starting at 1pm on Saturday (October 6).

As in previous meetings, the 15-heat match will be between teams representing affiliated overseas clubs Leszno (Poland) and Swindon (England) and will include British League riders Ryan Douglas, from Queensland, Justin Sedgmen from Victoria, and South Australia’s Robert Branford.

There will also be practice events for other classes including Sidecars, Classic bikes, Dirt bikes, Juniors and TQs, during the afternoon.

Racing starts at 1pm and the spectator admission price is $15 for everyone 16 years and older, with under 16 free. Entry is by the eastern gate (behind the pits) only.

Top photo: Queensland international rider Ryan Douglas at a previous teams meeting at Gillman. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 6 October 2018.

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

Gate opens: 11 am. Eastern gate (near the pits) only.

Racing starts: 1 pm.

500cc Solo Teams:

CBS Bins Leszno Bulls: 1-Ryan Douglas (Qld), 2-rider replacement, 3-Brayden McGuinness (SA), 4-Dakota Ballantyne (SA), 5-Robert Branford (SA), 6-Steve Graetz (SA), 7-Connor Bailey (Vic) [Steve Graetz late withdrawal]

National Karate Swindon Robins: 1-Justin Sedgmen (Vic), 2-rider replacement, 3-Jack Morrison (Vic), 4-Kane Lawrence (NSW), 5-Robert Medson (SA), 6-Fraser Bowes (SA), 7-Seth Hickey (SA).

Practice Classes: Sidecars, 250cc Under 16 Solos, Flat Track Solos, Classic 500cc Solos, Classic Sidecars, 125cc Under 16 Solos, Three Quarter Midgets.

Admission: Age 16 and over $15, Under 16 free. Parking free. Race card (A4 sheet) free. Grandstand free.

Seating: Grandstand seating, 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, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World]

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

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

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos available in the souvenir shop. Souvenirs can also be purchased online (see the Shop tab on the Gillman Speedway website).

Weather Forecast (as at 4/10/18): Maximum 24, minimum 9. 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. Once you are on Tapleys Hill Road you can’t really go wrong. You only have to make three or four turns and most of those are simple. Just 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, so pretty easy to this point). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. You only 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 (you can’t go straight ahead) onto Bedford Street. Just keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2 kms.

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.

Contact for this meeting: Speedway Manager, David Parker 0403 364 658

Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway to host 2019 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship

FIM Oceania has confirmed the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship will once again be conducted at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway Stadium.

This is the fifth successive year this event has been allocated to Gillman and Speedway Manager David Parker couldn’t be happier — “To get the event five years running, and last season and this as a standalone venue, is something all our officials, staff and volunteers can be very proud of.”

In confirming the allocation, FIM Oceania President Glen Williams said “FIM Oceania is thrilled to be associated with the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway, in South Australia.

“We are looking forward to yet again seeing some of the world’s best Speedway Sidecar riders battling it out for an evening of spectacular racing. FIM Oceania has the important role of helping to create and develop the sport of motorcycling within our region. Our continued support of this high-quality event reflects the valued exposure that Gillman Speedway brings to our sport within Oceania.

“I am sure that the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship will again be action packed and hotly contested. It will be a weekend of handle bar to handle bar racing with riders from Australia, New Zealand joining International stars.

“Gillman Speedway allows spectators to see, smell, hear and feel all of the high octane race action up-close and it will be racing not to be missed”

The FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship will be held at Saturday night, 30 March 2019. Details of the riders taking part will be announced when each country makes its selections, but David Parker said he was pleased to say the current champion Darrin Treloar will be defending his FIM Oceania championship.

Action from the 2018 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship Final. Left to right: Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter (blue), Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland (red), Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (yellow), Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (white). Photo by Judy Mackay.

 

 

 

Practice only, at Gillman on Saturday

With several riders unavailable, the scheduled 500cc Solo Teams match will not take place at Gillman Speedway this Saturday (1 September).

Instead the normal monthly practice session will take place. Gates open at noon, practice starts at 2pm, and general admission is $10.

The match scheduled for Mildura on Sunday is still on, with racing starting at noon (juniors at 10am).

The next scheduled event at Gillman is a Flat Track meeting on Sunday, 23 September.

Top photo: Mildura’s Justin Sedgmen will practice at Gillman on Saturday before riding for the Zielona Gora team at Mildura on Sunday. Photo by Derick Thomas.

State of Origin comes to Gillman Speedway

Gillman Speedway and Blackchrome are proud to announce a brand new concept in Sidecar racing.

The new event will be the Blackchrome State of Origin Sidecar Cup, and will be a Teams format with riders from WA, Vic, NSW, Qld, SA and NZ.

“We really want to embrace the State of Origin format” said Blackchrome managing director Mark Bassett, “with the top riders from around Australasia paired together and riding as teams. I’m sure it will be a great spectacle”.

Six of Australia’s best Teams will tough it out as well as a team already confirmed from New Zealand, Andrew Buchanan and Jamie Moohan.

“When Dave (Parker) told me about the concept, I jumped at the idea and contacted Jamie” said Andrew. “We both love the Gillman track and I think we have a good chance of taking the meeting out and ruffling a few Aussie feathers”.

The date will be March 23 and will be a part of a month of non-stop action at the Gillman stadium, including the State Sidecar Championship, the FIM Oceania Sidecar Championship and the FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup (subject to final FIM approval).

“I am looking for the best of the best from each State” said Gillman Manager Dave Parker. “To get the Kiwis on board is the first piece of the puzzle, now for another six teams”.

Top photo: Kiwi riders Andrew Buchanan (passenger Denny Cox) (red) and Jamie Moohan (passenger Ayrton Canning) will be looking to ride side-by-side like this against the best riders in Australia in the Blackchrome State of Origin Teams Cup at Gillman Speedway in March. Photo by Derick Thomas.

Narrow win for National Karate Swindon Robins at Gillman Speedway

Despite heavy rain in the days before and after the August round of the 500cc Solo Teams Development Program, Saturday’s race day (August 4) at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway was fine and dry and resulted in one of best matches of the series thus far, both in terms of the racing, and the scoreline.

This month the two teams were more closely aligned to the riders’ home states with all the Gillman and Mildura riders representing the National Karate Swindon Robins, which made them the home team and as such slight favourites, but the visiting CBS Bins Leszno Bulls, made up of mostly New South Wales riders, put them on the back foot virtually from the start.

The first heat was drawn three-all, but the Bulls took a two point lead after heat two and extended that to six points after heat four.

That gave the Robins the chance of tactical ride which they took in heat six with team captain Robert Medson riding for double points but he was only able to get four points for second place behind Matthew Pickering and the margin was only reduced back to four points.

The lead was extended slightly to five points after heat 8 but then the Robins staged a gradual comeback, not losing another heat and a run of shared heats, and 4-2 victories, enabled them to take the lead by one point after heat 13, and to win the match by three points, 47-44.

Top scorer for the winning team was Medson with 15 points, with Dakota Ballantyne producing his most confident display of the winter with 12 (paid 13) and Brayden McGuiness, with 9 points, also looking very good in his first appearance after two months racing in Denmark.

Standout rider for the Bulls was Matthew Pickering with 13 points, losing only to Medson and Ballantyne, although he beat both in the top-scorers’ heat 15. Kane Lawrence was the next highest scorer with 8 (paid 9), followed by reserve Aden Clare (7) and Aaron Jackson (6 paid 7), but Mitchell Cluff, although only scoring 5 (paid 6), caught the eye and was much better than his score indicates.

Clare and Tom Dixon, the two number sevens, figured in some of the closest races of the day, including a match race in heat eight after team-mates Fraser Bowes and Mitch Cluff both fell.

The next match is on September 1.

Heat 13 – Brayden McGuinness (blue), Robert Medson (red), Matthew Pickering (yellow). Photo by Judy Mackay.

 

Heat 5 – Mitchell Cluff (yellow), Dakota Ballantyne (blue), Jake Turner (red). Photo by Judy Mackay.

 

 

 

 

Solo teams at Gillman Speedway this Saturday

The August round of the 500cc Solo Teams Development Program, being staged at the Gillman and Mildura Speedway tracks this winter, takes place this Saturday (August 4) with racing starting at 1pm.

The 15-heat match between teams representing affiliated overseas clubs Swindon (England) and Leszno (Poland) will be the main event and will be finished well in time for those who want to watch both the speedway and the AFL showdown between the Crows and the Power.

This month the two teams are more closely aligned to the riders’ home states with all the Gillman and Mildura riders representing Swindon, while the Leszno team is almost all New South Wales riders.

Adelaide rider Robert Medson will captain the National Karate Swindon Robins and his team-mates are fellow Gillman riders Fraser Bowes, Dakota Ballantyne and Brayden McGuiness, Mildura’s Declan Knowles and Tom Dixon, and Kiwi Jake Turner.

New Zealand Under 21 Champion Jake Turner. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Turner, a three-times and the current New Zealand Under 21 Championship, was impressive in his first Gillman meeting in June when he won his first-ever ride on the track before being hit by mechanical problems, while local rider Brayden McGuinness will be making his first appearance in the teams’ events after only recently returning from two months racing in Denmark.

Twice World Under 16 250cc Champion, Matthew Gilmore, from Cowra will lead the CBS Bins Leszno Bulls team of fellow New South Wales riders Mitchell Cluff, Kane Lawrence, Matthew Pickering, Dayle Wood and Aden Clare, plus Queenslander Aaron Jackson who is making the long trip down from Ipswich.

With strong links to both overseas teams, Leszno and Swindon, where he spent many successful years, 10-times Australian Champion Leigh Adams will be making a welcome visit to Gillman on Saturday to act as team manager for the Bulls. Adams says “It’s a great initiative by the guys at Gillman and Mildura to run teams racing this winter. It has been great for the riders, and for the fans to see something different”.

Adams will have his hands full trying to steer the Bulls to victory as the Robins have the home track advantage and his opposition managers Lyndon Schlein and George Taylor have proven to be astute team managers in the previous matches.

Following the Solo match there will be a full afternoon of practice events for other classes including Sidecars, Classic bikes, Dirt bikes, Juniors and TQs.

Racing starts at 1pm and the spectator admission price is $15 for everyone 16 years and older, with under 16 free. Entry is by the eastern gate (behind the pits) only.

Top photo: Robert Medson. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 4 August 2018.

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

Gate opens: 11 am. Eastern gate (near the pits) only.

Racing starts: 1 pm.

500cc Solo Teams:

National Karate Swindon Robins: 1-Robert Medson (SA), 2-Fraser Bowes (SA), 3-Jake Turner (NZ), 4-Dakota Ballantyne (SA), 5-Brayden McGuiness (SA), 6-Declan Knowles (Vic) replaced by Steve Graetz (SA), 7-Tom Dixon (Vic). Team Managers-Lyndon Schlein (SA), George Taylor (Sco).

CBS Bins Leszno Bulls: 1-Matthew Gilmore (NSW), 2-Mitchell Cluff (NSW), 3-Kane Lawrence (NSW), 4-Aaron Jackson (Qld), 5-Matthew Pickering (NSW), 6-Dayle Wood (NSW), 7-Aden Clare (NSW). Team Manager-Leigh Adams (Vic)

Practice Classes: Sidecars, 250cc Under 16 Solos, Flat Track Solos, Classic 500cc Solos, Classic Sidecars, 125cc Under 16 Solos, Three Quarter Midgets. NOTE Steve Graetz reserve for the teams.

Admission: Age 16 and over $15, Under 16 free. Parking free. Race card (A4 sheet) free. Grandstand free.

Seating: Grandstand seating, 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, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World]

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

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

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos available in the souvenir shop. Souvenirs can also be purchased online (see the Shop tab on the Gillman Speedway website).

Weather Forecast (as at 1/8/18): Maximum 17, minimum 9. 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. Once you are on Tapleys Hill Road you can’t really go wrong. You only have to make three or four turns and most of those are simple. Just 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, so pretty easy to this point). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. You only 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 (you can’t go straight ahead) onto Bedford Street. Just keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2 kms.

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.

Contact for this meeting: Speedway Manager, David Parker 0403 364 658

 

Surprise win by National Karate Swindon Robins at Gillman

The National Karate Swindon Robins were the surprise winners of the Solo teams match at Gillman Speedway on Saturday (30 June).

On paper the opposing CBS Bins Leszno Bulls team looked to be the stronger team, and three successive 4-2 results in heats 2, 3 and 4 seemed to support that theory.

One of the highlights of the opening four heats was a win by three-time New Zealand Under 21 Champion Jake Turner, in his first appearance at Gillman, in heat three, but a terrible start by Turner in his next ride, heat 5, and a retirement by his team-mate Dakota Ballantyne, allowed the Robins pair of Justin Sedgmen and Kane Lawrence to score a 5-1 and pull the scores back to 16-14 in the Bulls’ favour.

The Bulls quickly regained that lost ground with a 5-1 of their own, courtesy of Ryan Douglas and Fraser Bowes in the next heat, but the big turning point of the match came in heat nine when Turner and Ballantyne again struck trouble but this time in the same race the Robins were using a double-points tactical ride which saw them win the heat 7-2 to narrow the score the just a 1 point difference, 29-28.

Ballantyne’s bike broke down on the back straight prior to the race starting, and then Turner’s engine blew as he left the tapes, and the Bulls were only able to hang onto the lead by a second place by reserve Seth Hickey, replacing Ballantyne, ahead of Dayle Wood but behind runaway winner Declan Kennedy.

Two heats later, in heat 11, the Robins took the lead for the first time in the match with Sedgmen and Lawrence riding side-by-side to block Robert Medson in a blanket finish.

A shared heat in heat 12 saw the Robins keep their 3 point lead, and the result was virtually put beyond doubt in the next race with Sedgmen and Kennedy taking a 5-1 over the previously unbeaten Ryan Douglas.

Ballantyne produced his best ride of the day to win heat 14, and Douglas returned to the winner’s circle with a win in the final heat but it was only enough to allow them to reduce the final margin to 5 points.

Douglas was the stand-out rider for the Bulls with 13 points from his five rides. Five of his six team-mates, Bowes, Turner, Ballantyne, Medson and Hickey, all scored a race win but the opposition Robins riders more consistently got the better of them.

Declan Kennedy, 12 plus 2 (including his double-point win), Matt Pickering (12) and Justin Sedgmen (10+1) all scored double-figures and they received good support from Kane Lawrence (8+2) and a few handy points from Jack Morrison (4+1).

There was some consolation the next day for Gillman riders Robert Medson, Dakota Ballantyne and Seth Hickey when they teamed with New South Wales rider Matt Pickering to win a four team tournament in Mildura.

The next 500cc Solo Teams meetings will be at Gillman on Saturday, 4 August and Mildura on Sunday, 5 August.

The full race results are on the Gillman Speedway website under the Results tab.

Top photo: The winning National Karate Swindon Robins team. Left to right, back row: Lyndon Schlein, Dayle Wood, Declan Kennedy, Jack Morrison, Kane Lawrence, George Taylor; front row: Cordell Rogerson, Matt Pickering, Justin Sedgmen. Photo by Judy Mackay.

Heat three, Jack Morrison (Y/B) and Dakota Ballantyne (B). Photo by Judy Mackay.
Heat six, Ryan Douglas (R), Fraser Bowes (B), Declan Kennedy (W). Photo by Judy Mackay.
Heat 8, Fraser Bowes (R), Seth Hickey (B), Kane Lawrence (W), Cordell Rogerson (Y). Photo by Judy Mackay.
Heat 13, Declan Kennedy (Y), Robert Medson (B). Photo by Judy Mackay.

 

 

Solo teams return to Gillman Speedway this Saturday

Another round of the 500cc Solo Teams Development Program, being staged at the Gillman and Mildura Speedway tracks this winter, takes place this weekend.

At the Gillman meeting, on Saturday afternoon (30 June), riders from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand will ride in a 15-heat match between teams representing the overseas clubs Leszno (Poland) and Swindon (England).

Riders competing in the teams event are:

CBS Bins Leszno Bulls: 1-Ryan Douglas (Qld), 2-Fraser Bowes (SA), 3-Jake Turner (NZ), 4-Dakota Ballantyne (SA), 5-Robert Medson (SA), 6-Brandan Coglan (Qld), 7-Seth Hickey (SA). Team Manager-Robert Ksiezak (SA)

National Karate Swindon Robins: 1-Justin Sedgmen (Vic), 2-Kane Lawrence (NSW), 3-Matt Pickering (NSW), 4-Jack Morrison (Vic), 5-Declan Kennedy (Qld), 6-Dayle Wood (NSW), 7-Cordell Rogerson (Qld). Team Manager-Lyndon Schlein (SA).

The Solo match will be supported by practice rides for other classes including Sidecars, Classic bikes, Dirt bikes, Juniors and TQs.

Racing starts at 1pm and the spectator admission price is $15 for everyone 16 years and older, with under 16 free. Entry is by the eastern gate (behind the pits) only.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 30 June 2018.

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

Gate opens: 11 am. Eastern gate (near the pits) only.

Racing starts: 1 pm.

500cc Solo Teams:

CBS Bins Leszno Bulls: 1-Ryan Douglas (Qld), 2-Fraser Bowes (SA), 3-Jake Turner (NZ), 4-Dakota Ballantyne (SA), 5-Robert Medson (SA), 6-Brandan Coglan (Qld), 7-Seth Hickey (SA). Team Manager-Robert Ksiezak (SA)

National Karate Swindon Robins: 1-Justin Sedgmen (Vic), 2-Kane Lawrence (NSW), 3-Matt Pickering (NSW), 4-Jack Morrison (Vic), 5-Declan Kennedy (Qld), 6-Dayle Wood (NSW), 7-Cordell Rogerson (Qld). Team Manager-Lyndon Schlein (SA).

Possible Practice Classes: Sidecars, 250cc Under 16 Solos, Flat Track Solos, Classic 500cc Solos, Classic Sidecars, 125cc Under 16 Solos, Three Quarter Midgets.

Admission: Age 16 and over $15, Under 16 free. Parking free. Race card (A4 sheet) free. Grandstand free.

Seating: Grandstand seating, 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, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World]

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

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

Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos available in the souvenir shop. Souvenirs can also be purchased online (see the Shop tab on the Gillman Speedway website).

Weather Forecast (as at 28/6/18): Maximum 15, minimum 7. Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower. [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. Once you are on Tapleys Hill Road you can’t really go wrong. You only have to make three or four turns and most of those are simple. Just 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, so pretty easy to this point). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. You only 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 (you can’t go straight ahead) onto Bedford Street. Just keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2 kms.

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.

Contact for this meeting: Speedway Manager, David Parker 0403 364 658

Australian Supercross Championship Round at Gillman Speedway

Three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss and his events company Troy Bayliss Events will bring an all-new venue and race format to Round 4 of the Australian Supercross Championships in South Australia.

Gillman Speedway has been selected to host the South Australian round of the 2018 SX Championship on Saturday, October 20.

Situated within the Port Adelaide precinct, just 13km from the heart of Adelaide, the venue is set to excite Supercross fans with plenty of action on offer.

“Our team is looking forward to a huge night of racing and entertainment coming to Gillman Speedway, the atmosphere will be electric with every Supercross fan located just metres from the action,” Bayliss said.

“We are excited to announce the Triple Crown Format will be featured for the first time in South Australia ensuring fans see the best riders compete in exciting bar-to-bar action all night long.

“A big night of additional motorsport entertainment will be announced in coming months, I don’t want to give too much away just yet but I can’t wait to put a helmet on in front of the expected sell-out crowd and I have a few friends keen to come and join me,” Bayliss added.

Reigning Australian Supercross Championship Justin Brayton has confirmed he will compete at Gillman for Round 4 with the American rider representing Penrite Honda as he chases yet another Australian Title.

A massive 5500 tonnes of dirt will be moved into the arena transforming the usually flat speedway circuit into a paradise of jumps for Australia’s best Supercross riders.

The main event will begin at 6 pm with gates opening at 3 pm and a special Pit Party will take place between 3:30 pm – 5 pm allowing fans to rub shoulders with their supercross idols.

A number of support race categories will be included in the program to ensure the future stars of supercross can race in front of big crowds alongside their heroes.

Tickets to this event are only available online and are expected to sell out fast.

Please visit this link to purchase tickets – https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?embed&eid=386725

or visit https://www.australiansupercross.com.au/events/round-4-port-adelaide-20th-october/ and follow the links

Arenacross Riders – Gillman Speedway & Motocross Riders Association will also host an Amateur Arenacross within the Speedway on Sunday 21st for riders looking to compete on a redesigned track.

For further information on the Amateur Arenacross event contact dave@gillmanspeedway.com

Top photo: 2017 Australian Supercross Champion Justin Brayton who will return to defend his SX1 title. Photo: Foremost Media.