Interstate Solo matches at Gillman Speedway 2 June

Edinburgh were always in charge of their match against Zielona Gora, with three 5-1s in heats 2, 3 and 4 setting the tone.

After heat 7 they led by 18 points, and although Zielona Gora were only outscored by 1 point, 25-26, over the remaining 8 heats the damage was well and truly done.

As expected at this level, team captain Justin Sedgmen was untroubled to win his four rides, but it was Ben Cook who was the top scorer, and standout rider, with 15 paid 16 from six rides. Cook started with three wins before suffering a 15 metre penalty in his fourth ride for exceeding the two minute time allowance. His only other dropped points were in his next ride when he led for three laps and looked to be back on track for another win but he was passed by Declan Kennedy at the start of the final lap.

The reserves were also strong for the Monarchs with Matt Pickering winning four races and Arlo Bugeja scoring 6 points after shepherding Pickering home in his first two rides.

While the Monarchs had a strong top three in Sedgmen, Cook and Robert Medson, Zielona Gora only had one rider, Zaine Kennedy, really capable of challenging them. Kennedy accumulated 9 points from his first three rides (although 2 of those were courtesy of a double-points tactical ride) but then suffered a heavy crash in his fourth ride. He was challenging Sedgmen down the back straight on the opening lap when his back wheel hit the fence. He managed to keep control and not lose too much speed only to hit the fence again coming out of turn three and this time cartwheeling alongside the air fence. It was a bad looking crash but he was quickly up and not injured.

In his absence his younger brother Declan, who had suffered a similar crash in his first race, took up the challenge during the closing heats and scored 7 points in his last three races. The best of the rest on the scorecard was Fraser Bowes who pulled off the best ride of his short senior career to win heat 8 while taking a double-points ride.

Zielona Gora 38: Zaine Kennedy (QLD) 9, Fraser Bowes (SA) 9+2, Declan Knowles (Vic) 4, Declan Kennedy (QLD) 10+1, Aaron Jackson (QLD) 6+1, Dayle Wood (NSW) 0.

Edinburgh Monarchs 57: Justin Sedgmen (Vic) 12, Kane Lawrence (NSW) 3+1, Robert Medson (SA) 9+3, Ben Cook (NSW) 15+1, Matt Pickering (NSW) 12, Arlo Bugeja (SA) 6+2.

 

The Bulls v Robins match was much closer, both in terms of the score but also the racing. There was only six points in it at the end, the Robins winning 50-44, although the Bulls score was inflated by 5 points by double-points rides by the two Bulls’ stars, Ryan Douglas and Zane Keleher.

The racing between Douglas and Keleher and the Robins’ Josh Macdonald and Zach Cook throughout the match was amongst the best of the day and when the four met in the final heat it was looking like a brilliant race as Macdonald and Douglas were shoulder to shoulder on the first lap, with Cook going under them, but Douglas fell between turns three and four and Macdonald was excluded.

Douglas won the rerun to complete a five ride maximum (18 points with a double-points ride) and Keleher finished with 10 points, while Cook scored 15, paid 16, and Macdonald 14.

Leszno Bulls 44: Ryan Douglas (QLD) 18, Dakota Ballantyne (SA) 6, Zane Keleher (QLD) 10, Scott Warwick-Day (QLD) 0, Brandan Coglan (QLD) 7, Blake Ridley (SA) 3+2. Swindon Robins 50: Cooper Riordan (Vic) 6+2, Josh Macdonald (NSW) 14, Matthew Gilmore (NSW) 10+1, Zach Cook (NSW) 15+1, Jack Morrison (Vic) 3, Seth Hickey (SA) 2.

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

The next teams meeting at Gillman is on Saturday, 30 June.

Top photo: Zane Kelleher (red), Josh Macdonald (yellow) and Cooper Riordan (white). Photo by Judy Mackay.

Bottom photo: Cowra riders Zach Cook (yellow) and Matthew Gilmore (white) team-riding for the Robins. Photo by Judy Mackay.

 

 

Riders from four States at Gillman Speedway this Saturday.

24 riders from four States will take part in two 500cc Solo team matches at Gillman Speedway this Saturday afternoon, 2 June.

Riders from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will ride in two 15-heat matches from 1pm.

The teams have been named after well-known and respected overseas clubs Leszno, Zielona Gora (both from Poland), Swindon (England) and Edinburgh (Scotland) which has created a lot of interest from supporters of those clubs.

The two matches will be interspersed with practice rides for other classes including Sidecars and Classic bikes. In the past Gillman has staged practice meetings on the first Sunday of each month during the winter and those practice days have now been moved to the first Saturday and combined with the teams’ meetings.

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.

Photo: British League rider Ryan Douglas in action at Gillman Speedway. Photo by Mike Gerlach JDM Photos.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 2 June 2018.

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

Gate opens: 10 am. Eastern gate (near the pits) only.

Racing starts: 1 pm.

Duration: approximately 3 hours.

500cc Solo Teams:

Lezno Bulls: Ryan Douglas (Qld), Dakota Ballantyne (SA), Zane Keleher (Qld), Scott Warwick-Day (Qld), Brandan Coglan (Qld), Blake Ridley (SA)

Swindon Robins: Cooper Riordan (Vic), Josh Macdonald (NSW), Matthew Gilmore (NSW), Zach Cook (NSW), Jack Morrison (Vic), Seth Hickey (SA)

Zielona Gora: Zaine Kennedy (Qld), Fraser Bowes (SA), Declan Knowles (Vic), Declan Kennedy (Qld), Aaron Jackson (Qld), Dayle Wood (NSW)

Edinburgh Monarchs: Justin Sedgmen (Vic), Kane Lawrence (NSW), Robert Medson (SA), Ben Cook (NSW), Matt Pickering (NSW), Tom Dixon (Vic)

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 sheets) 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 29/5/18): Maximum 18, 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

Gillman Speedway rained off

How many times do we say it — “Need rain, schedule a Speedway meeting”.

After the longest run of April days over 33C in history, and the hottest temperature ever recorded in April in the Adelaide CBD, Saturday’s Interstate Teams Racing at Gillman has been rained off.

The teams will however, still meet in two matches in Mildura on Sunday, when the forecast is for a Sunny day with zero chance of rain.

 

 

Solo team racing at Gillman Speedway this Saturday

The first of the winter interstate Solo team racing meetings will be held at Gillman Speedway this Saturday afternoon, 5 May.

Riders from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will ride in two 15-heat matches from 1pm.

The teams will be led by two recent British League riders, Robert Branford, who will captain Branford’s Bulls team, and Justin Sedgmen who will captain Sedgmen’s Robins. The team names honour two of the biggest clubs in Poland and UK, the Leszno Bulls and the Swindon Robins, which have both had strong ties with Australian riders.

The two matches will be interspersed with practice rides for other classes including Sidecars and Classic bikes. In the past Gillman has staged practice meetings on the first Sunday of each month during the winter and those practice days have now been moved to the first Saturday and combined with the teams’ meetings.

Robins’ captain Justin Sedgmen said recently “we are so happy this has been well received by the riders – we already have more riders wanting to ride in future matches – and all we need now is for the supporters to get behind us and who knows where this will lead in the future?”

The spectator admission price on Saturday is $15 for everyone 16 years and older, with under 16 free. Entry is by the eastern gate (behind the pits) only.

Photos: Top photo: Team captains Justin Sedgmen (red) and Robert Branford (yellow/black). Photo by Derick Thomas. Bottom photo: Declan Knowles (white), Robert Branford (yellow), Robert Medson (blue). Photo by Judy Mackay.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 5 May 2018.

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

Gates open: 11 am. Eastern gate (near the pits) only.

Racing starts: 1 pm.

500cc Solo Teams:

Branford’s Bulls: 1-Robert Branford (SA), 2-Seth Hickey (SA), 3-Dakota Ballantyne (SA), 4-Robert Medson (SA), 5-Zaine Kennedy (Qld), 6-Fraser Bowes (SA), 7-Blake Ridley (SA).

Sedgmen’s Robins: 1-Justin Sedgmen (Vic), 2-Kane Lawrence (NSW), 3-Josh Macdonald (NSW), 4-Declan Knowles (Vic), 5-Cooper Riordan (Vic), 6-Matt Pickering (NSW), 7-Tom Dixon (Vic).

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. Programme (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 1/5/18): Maximum 22, minimum 14. Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a shower during the morning, most likely about the hills and southern suburbs. [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

Declan Knowles (white), Robert Branford (yellow), Robert Medson (blue). Photo by Judy Mackay.

 

Gillman v Mildura winter Solo team racing

Riders and spectators in Adelaide and Mildura will get a winter fix of Speedway racing this year with the Gillman and Mildura Clubs announcing a series of Solo Team racing events at both venues.

Two 7 rider teams will race against each other on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, Saturday at Gillman and Sunday in Mildura, starting in May.

Mildura’s international rider, Justin Sedgmen said today “When Dave Parker first suggested the idea, we thought it just had to happen and we have done a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure it does.

“It’s a great way to get our local lads use to team racing which is the standard form of racing in the UK and Europe”.

Team racing is usually over just 15 races, but both Gillman and Mildura will have “double header” meetings, with 30 races on each day.

In another initiative, the teams will have an overseas flavour with links to two of the biggest clubs in Poland and UK.

“The Leszno Bulls (Poland) and the Swindon Robins (England) both have strong ties with Australian riders and they are allowing us to use their names” said Parker.

In the past Gillman has staged practice meetings on the first Sunday of each month during the winter and Dave Parker added, “We will still be having our monthly practice meetings but we will be moving them to the Saturday and combining them with the teams meetings”.

Justin Sedgmen finished by saying “we are so happy this has been well received by both clubs, the riders, and the overseas clubs. All we need now is for the supporters to get behind us all and who knows where this will lead to the future?”

More details of dates and times will be available over the next few days on the Gillman and Mildura websites and Facebook pages.

 

 

Gillman Speedway Stadium to host Arena Cross event

The Speedway Riders Association of SA, in conjunction with the Motocross Riders Association, are pleased to announce the first ever Arena Cross will take place at the Gillman Speedway Stadium on Saturday, September 22.

This will be a day/night meeting that will include both junior and senior competition.

“We have been talking about this unique event for some time” said Speedway Manager Dave Parker. “Both clubs have been waiting for the right time and I think now is the time to do it.”

“The SRA and MRA have a great working relationship and frequently use each other’s facilities or machinery, and with the SRA’s experience in conducting night events with the facilities needed, and MRA’s wealth of knowledge in conducting Motocross events and building tracks, I think we have a win-win situation for both clubs, riders and spectators.”

The centre green of Gillman Speedway will be transformed into a spectacular track and patrons will be able to see all the action, up close and personal, from the terraces or the grandstand.

MRA President Mark Walmsley agreed with Parker’s sentiments and added, “with mx numbers dramatically on the increase, the success of our new tracks and the way we are doing events at Gillman, now is the perfect time to bring an Arena Cross to the riders and spectators. We have the machinery, the right soil to build the track and between the two clubs, I’m sure this will be a huge success for the sport in South Australia.”

More information to follow, but get ready Adelaide, we have a few more surprises in store…..

 

 

Treloar and Headland unbeaten again to claim World Cup

Darrin Treloar and Jesse Headland’s second International victory was the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup on Sunday night.

Once again they were unbeaten on the night but just briefly, at the start of the night, there was a thought they might be under threat, particularly from Australian Champions Trent Headland and Darryl Whetstone.

Headland changed engines after a disappointing Oceania Championship, and won heat one in the fastest time of the night, and only .03 seconds slower than Treloar’s best time the night before.

And when Treloar was almost beaten by Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie in heat four, the other leading riders may have thought he was vulnerable but it was just a brief delusion.

In heat four Moohan won the start and slightly increased his lead on lap two but a mistake on lap three allowed Treloar to catch and pass him to win by just 12 metres.

Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie leading Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland in heat four. Photo: Judy Mackay.

If Treloar was to be beaten it would be in the very next heat which bought together the four first round heat winners – Headland, Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes and Treloar – but Treloar used the brief mandatory track grade time to make adjustments to his bike and normal service was resumed as he raced away to a comfortable win ahead of Mitchell, Headland and Monson in the second fastest time of the night.

Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland leading Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter (w), Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (b) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (y) in heat five. Photo: Judy Mackay.

From that point it was once again all Treloar but there was plenty of intrigue over who would get the automatic starts in the final and who would have to go through the last chance semi-final.

Monson’s last place in heat five meant he was the one in most danger of missing a top three finish, and any hope he had was extinguished in his very next ride when a tape break not only finished his chances of an automatic start in the final but even put a semi-final berth in jeopardy.

A win for Monson in heat eleven had looked pretty straight forward against Mick Cave/Bradley Steer, Hamish Golding/Liam Cox and Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott, but as most spectators were focussed on a spectator getting admonished by track staff for taking photos in turn four, they missed Monson ride into the tapes.

The exclusion left him on just three points from three rides.

Prior to Monson’s race, Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox had beaten Trent Headland and Jamie Moohan in heat nine, which was the best race of the night so far, with Buchanan coming from third place to pass Headland and then early race leader Moohan, with Moohan also passed by Headland later in the race, and after 12 heats the leading scorers were Treloar on 9, Mitchell 8, Buchanan 8, Trent Headland 6, Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr 6 and Jamie Moohan also on 6.

With a two point buffer over the riders on 6, the top three looked fairly set as Treloar, Mitchell and Buchanan, while the interest further down the scorecard focussed on whether Monson could reach the semi-final and put himself back in contention to retain his title. He was certainly riding well enough but then so were the others in the accepted top five, Treloar, Mitchell, Buchanan and Trent Headland.

There was a new “best race of the night” in heat fifteen with some fast and furious racing resulting in a win by Mitchell over Moohan and Mick Headland, with Golding excluded for barging, and with wins for Trent Headland, Treloar (over Buchanan) and Monson, the points with one round to go were Treloar 12, Mitchell 11, Buchanan 10, Trent Headland 9, Jamie Moohan 8, Mick Headland 7, Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell 7 and Monson 6, with Monson facing Moohan and Bottrell in heat 18, so a semi-final berth was no certainty for the defending champion.

Heat 15, left to right: Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr, Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie, Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Hamish Golding/Liam Cox. Photo: Judy Mackay.

First up, however, was heat 17, and a win by Trent Headland over his father Mick, put him on 12 points and suddenly Buchanan was now under the pump for a place in the final as he was drawn against Mitchell in heat 19 and needed to win. Mitchell was riding with a taped up dislocated shoulder from a crash the previous weekend but was riding better than he had all season so it was going to be tough for Buchanan.

Even worse for Buchanan, Monson won heat 18, which meant if he didn’t win heat 19 he would be facing Monson in the semi-final!

And that’s what happened.

Mitchell took the early lead but Buchanan drew level underneath him through turns three/four on the second lap but in the process lost control and almost fell. He did wonderfully well to regain control but the win was out of reach and the three automatic finalists were Treloar, unbeaten on 15, Mitchell on 14 and Trent Headland on 12.

The semi-finalists were Buchanan (12), Monson (9), Jamie Moohan (9) and Mick Headland (9).

It was impossible to pick a winner out of Buchanan and Monson but Moohan also had some claims after some impressive rides over the two nights, but his fate was ultimately decided in heat 18 where he held second place until the last two corners when Bottrell pushed under him and grabbed second by just 2 metres. That two metres was the difference between starting in gate two or three in the semi-final, and starting from three he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time as a turn one collision saw passenger Bayley Ogilvie suffer a broken wrist and their race was done. A sad end to what had been a good weekend’s work.

In their absence it was all Buchanan as he led all the way, although he had a nervous last lap as he almost lost control between turns one and two which allowed Monson to catch him and there was only six metres in it at the finish.

So, Buchanan into the final, and Monson left to rue that tape break which cost him an automatic start in the final.

The final was all Treloar. Against three worthy opponents, including the current Australia 1 and 2, he won the start from gate one and it was all over by turn two. He cleared out to win by 40 metres while the other three were wheel-to-wheel with Mitchell claiming a well-deserved second place, with Buchanan third and Headland fourth.

2018 FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup

Heat points: Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland 15 (3-3-3-3-3), Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter 14 (3-2-3-3-3), Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone 12 (3-1-2-3-3), Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox 12 (2-3-3-2-2), Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes 9 (3-0-T-3-3), Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie 9 (2-3-1-2-1), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr 9 (1-3-2-1-2), Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell 9 (2-2-1-2-2), Hamish Golding/Liam Cox 7 (2-1-2-Xb-2), Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott 5 (1-2-0-1-1), Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth 4 (0-2-2-0-R), Joe Jones/Tom Summers 4 (1-1-0-2-0), Mick Cave/Bradley Steer 4 (1-R-1-1-1), Dylan Moohan/Tyler Berger 3 (0-1-0-1-1), Bryan Motis/John Bach 1 (0-0-1-0-0), Will Penfold/Ricky Pay 0 (0-0-0-0-0), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear (reserve) 3 (3), Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt (reserve) did not ride.

Semi-Final: Buchanan (R), Monson (B), M. Headland (Y), J. Moohan (W-ret), 60.493

Final: Treloar (R), Mitchell (B), Buchanan (Y), T. Headland (W), 59.865

 

Treloar and Headland win FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship

Darrin Treloar and Jesse Headland continued their complete domination of the 2017/18 Australian speedway season with two more clean sweeps to take out the two International meetings — the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship, and the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup — at Adelaide’s Gillman speedway Stadium over the Easter weekend.

The first event decided was the Oceania Championship on Saturday night, and Treloar/Headland were never headed as they won six out of six without any problems. Only Kiwis Jamie Moohan and Bayley Ogilvie gave them any sort of challenge and that was only for a lap in heat eight, while fellow Kiwi Andrew Buchanan, with New South Wales passenger Denny Cox, was the only one reasonably close at the end of any race.

While Treloar went into the meeting as the red-hot favourite, and fulfilled that favouritism, there were several riders in the mix for the other positions in the final.

Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr looked good with a quick time in heat one, but the following races showed Warren Monson/Andrew Sumerhayes, Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox and Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter were the most likely to get a place in the final, with Headland, Jamie Moohan, Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, Hamish Golding /Liam Cox and Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell in the mix for the semi-final places.

The first round of heats set the tone for the rest of the night with the only real surprise the lack of pace, by his standards, of Trent Headland. The Australian Champion had been super quick when he won the South Australian Championship at the same venue three weeks earlier, but his bike had caught fire at the last Gillman meeting and after the necessary rebuild, the bike didn’t have the pace for him to be a major contender for the title.

Mick Headland looked likely to start with two wins as he came to the tapes for his second ride only to drop a chain when the tapes went up which more or less finished his chances of a top three finish, and consequent automatic start in the final. Likewise son Trent who started with two third places which had him out of a chance of the top three and in for a struggle to get a semi-final place.

Hamish Golding was the next to see his chances diminish with a tape break in his third ride. He later missed his last ride when his bike would not start and the loss of a seemingly certain minimum of 3 points in those two races cost him a start in the semi-final.

Warren Monson was also under the pump for a top three place after a fall in his fourth ride, but he got a reprieve when Andrew Buchanan suffered an exclusion after a first corner fall by Denny Cox in his last ride, which left the top scorers as Treloar 15, Mitchell 12 and Monson 11.

Heat 15 crash for Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes. Photo: Judy Mackay.

The semi-finalists were Buchanan on 10, Bottrell 9, Jamie Moohan 9 and Trent Headland 9.

Despite his dropped chain in heat five, Mick Headland was sitting on 8 points after four rides but was excluded from the clash of four of the stars – Treloar, Monson, Mitchell and Headland – in heat 17. Headland made contact with Mitchell in turn four on the opening lap, Mitchell spun and fell, and the referee excluded Headland as the cause.

Buchanan led all the way to win the semi-final and then finished second to Treloar in the final with Mitchell third. Defending champion Warren Monson was excluded from the race after he spun and tipped over in turn three on the first lap.

2018 FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship

Heat points: Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland 15 (3-3-3-3-3), Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter 12 (3-2-3-3-1), Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes 11 (3-3-3-FX-2), Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox 10 (2-3-2-3-FX), Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell 9 (2-3-1-Xi-3), Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie 9 (2-2-R-2-3), Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone 9 (1-1-2-2-3), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr 8 (3-R-3-2-Xb), Mick Cave/Bradley Steer 7 (0-2-2-1-2), Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth 7 (1-1-2-1-2), Hamish Golding/Liam Cox 6 (2-1-T-3-M), Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott 5 (0-2-1-2-0), Dylan Moohan/Tyler Berger 4 (1-0-1-1-1), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear (res) 3 (1-2), Joe Jones/Tom Summers 3 (1-1-0-0-1), Bryan Motis/John Bach 1 (0-0-0-R-1), Will Penfold/Ricky Pay 1 (Xi-0-0-1-R), Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt (res) did not ride.

Semi-Final: Buchanan (R), T. Headland (Y), J. Moohan (W), Bottrell (B), 60.146

Final: Treloar (R), Buchanan (Y), Mitchell (B), Monson (W-fell, exc), 59.605

2018 Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship placegetters, left to right: Warren Monson, Andrew Summerhayes (4th), Darrin Treloar, Jesse Headland (1st), Andrew Buchanan, Denny Cox (2nd), Mark Mitchell, Tony Carter (3rd). Photo: Judy Mackay.

 

Speedway Sidecar World Cup in Adelaide this weekend

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

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

The Oceania Championship is on Saturday night, 31 March, and the World Cup the following night, Sunday 1 April, with racing starting at 7.30pm on both nights.

The defending champions in both events are Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes, but the most in-form team going into the weekend are Darrin Treloar and Jesse Headland, who were unbeaten in all four rounds of this season’s Nankang Tyres/Mitch Chassis Sidecar Super Series.

The other Australian riders are current Australian Champions Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, former Australian champion Mark Mitchell (passenger Tony Carter) and Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell.

Great Britain will be represented by four of the top five from the British Speedway Sidecar Championship – Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth, Mick Cave/Bradley Steer, Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott and Will Penfold/Ricky Pay, who finished first, second, third and fifth in their national championship – and the USA by the top two in their national championship, Joe Jones/Tom Summers and Bryan Motis/John Bach, but it is the New Zealand rider Andrew Buchanan (passenger Denny Cox) who looks to be the biggest threat to the Australian riders who are the favourites for both meetings.

Last season Buchanan finished second in the Oceania Championship and third in the World Cup.

As well as Buchanan, New Zealand will be well represented by Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie, Dylan Moohan/Tyler Berger and Hamish Golding/Liam Cox. Jamie Moohan finished fifth in last season’s Oceania Championship.

For the first time, France will have a representative, with Australian-based dual citizen, Mick Headland (passenger Brenton Kerr) riding under the French flag.

Practice for both events will be at Gillman on Friday night, starting at 6pm and with free entry to the general public.

Sunday night’s World Cup will be the final meeting of the 2017/18 Gillman season.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Dates: Saturday, 31 March 2018 (Oceania Sidecar Championship); Sunday, 1 April 2017 (Sidecar World Cup);

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

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

Gates open: at 5 pm (Saturday) and 3.30 pm (Sunday). The Eastern gate will close at 8pm.

Racing starts: at 7.30 pm both nights. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30 pm.

Riders/Passengers:

Dave Bottrell & Christopher Bottrell representing Australia

Andrew Buchanan & Denny Cox (New Zealand)

Mick Cave & Bradley Steer (Great Britain)

Mark Cossar & Carl Blyth (Great Britain)

Hamish Golding & Liam Cox (New Zealand)

Mick Headland & Brenton Kerr (France)

Trent Headland & Darryl Whetstone (Australia)

Joe Jones & Tom Summers (United States of America)

Mark Mitchell & Tony Carter (Australia)

Warren Monson & Andrew Summerhayes (Australia)

Dylan Moohan & Tyler Berger (New Zealand)

Jamie Moohan & Bayley Ogilvie (New Zealand)

Bryan Motis & John Bach (United States of America)

Will Penfold & Ricky Pay (Great Britain)

Darrin Treloar & Jesse Headland (Australia)

Paul Whitelam & Alan Elliott (Great Britain)

Reserves: Damien Niesche & Mitchell Spear, Mark Plaisted & Ben Pitt (Australia)

Admission prices Saturday night: Adults $25, Age Pension and Student Concession $20 (*), Children Under 16 $5 (aged 12-15 inclusive), Children Under 12 free. Family $55. Programme $5. Grandstand seating $5. Parking free.

Admission prices Sunday 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.

(*) Concession is limited to Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession Card holders only. A family ticket covers 2 adults and children under 16.

Seating: Grandstand seating, large grassed viewing mounds and terracing suitable for deck chairs.

VIP Area: The V.I.P. area is available to anyone who would like to treat their business colleagues, family or friends to the best view of motorcycle speedway action in Australia. Spectators can enjoy the elevated view overlooking the track, either from inside the temperature controlled room, on the timber decks, or the enclosed lawn area, for a very reasonable price per person. A fully stocked bar and a variety of food to suit all budgets is available and you can book the whole room or part thereof. Ring Gillman Speedway Manager David Parker on 0403 364 658 or e-mail dave@gillmanspeedway.com for more details.

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 27/3/18): Saturday – maximum 24, minimum 12, sunny. Sunday – maximum 25, minimum 13, 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.

Live results: download the MYLAPS Speedhive app to your phone or tablet. Free to view. Gillman programme also available to download from the Gillman Speedway website (under the Shop tab) for $5.50 payable by credit card or PayPal.

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

Top photo: Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (red), Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (blue) and Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland (white). Photo: Mike Gerlach JDM Photos.

British duo Paul Whitelam and Alan Elliott will be hoping for a better result than this spectacular crash with Americans Joe Jones and Tom Summers at Gillman last Saturday night. Photo: Derick Thomas.

 

Clean sweep for Treloar/Headland in Gillman sidecar super series

Darrin Treloar and Jesse Headland scored another clean sweep in round four of the Nankang Tyres/Mitch Chassis Sidecar Super Series at Gillman Speedway on Saturday night (24 March) and in the process took the overall series win, also with the maximum possible score.

In total Treloar/Headland took part in 24 races over 4 rounds in the series for 23 wins and 1 exclusion – for exceeding the two minute time allowance for their opening ride in round two.

But with the series points decided by each rider’s best three rounds, Treloar was able to drop that round and finish with the maximum 57 points.

The other major placings in the overall points behind Treloar/Headland were Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt 47, Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone 41, Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox 33, Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter 32 and Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr 32.

Going into Saturday night’s final round Trent Headland held a two point lead over Plaisted for second place but what looked like turning into an epic battle between the two, after first class rides by both in the opening two heats, didn’t eventuate as Headland was packed and heading home to Roxby Downs not long after his first and only ride.

Plaisted won heat one and recorded the fastest one lap time of the season in doing so (with second placed Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter also breaking the previous best time which was held by Treloar), but then Headland had Treloar beaten in heat two when his bike slowed and then caught fire on the last lap. He quickly made the decision to make the 556 km trip home to Roxby Downs and start stripping the bike down as early as possible to see what parts and repairs were needed for this weekend’s International meetings.

Headland was just the first and quite a few riders to suffer setbacks on Saturday night with some other bike problems and spectacular crashes.

In the Super Series races, Kiwis Dylan Moohan/Tyler Berger and Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter both crashed in their third rides and were out for the night, and Dave Bottrell’s son/passenger Chris fell in heat 19 after a hefty shunt from Tom Adams/Belinda Silvy.

There were further dramas in the supporting events for the overseas riders with Americans Bryan Motis/John Bach, and Englishmen Paul Whitelam/Andy Elliott coming to grief.

Motis came to grief in his first ride when the bikes collided going into the first turn and Motis’ bike rolled. With Motis being a paraplegic it is always more difficult to tell if he has suffered any injuries so despite being able to get into his wheelchair and wheel back to the pits, and also with the bike suffering some damage, it was decided to err on the side of caution and sit the rest of the meeting out and concentrate on this weekend’s meetings.

Whitelam’s crash came towards the end of the meeting when the other American’s (Joe Jones) bike stopped coming out of turn two and Whitelam hit him and was catapulted over the handlebars. It was the worst looking of the crashes but fortunately he also did not suffer any serious injuries.

Away from the crashes, as reported, Treloar went through the card unbeaten and he was joined in the final by Plaisted with 13 points – beaten by Treloar and Mick Headland – Neale Hancock/Brock Gates, 11 points, and semi-final winners Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (10 points).

Monson was having his first meeting since breaking his arm in round two on January 27, and suffered a lot of pain in the arm on the night but felt he had to get some track time before defending his Oceania Championship and World Cup crowns this weekend.

His best ride of the night was his semi-final win when he won surprisingly easily from Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (10), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear (9) and Kym Menadue/Eric Melton (9).

The final was all Treloar but there was an exciting race between the others for the minor placings with Plaisted taking second, Monson third and Hancock fourth.

In the International Sidecar events there was some close racing between Joe Jones/Tom Summers (USA), Will Penfold/Ricky Pay (Eng), Jeff Bishop/Daniel Bishop (WA) and Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott (Eng). Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth (Eng) recorded the fastest 4 lap time for the international events in winning heat two, but he was hampered by bike problems in his other races with a couple of broken chains.

There was also close racing between Brayden McGuinness, Seth Hickey and Declan Knowles in each of the Solo races, in what was their final appearance for the season. McGuinness, who will be doing some racing in Denmark during the Australian winter, top scored with 14 points, dropping just the one point to Hickey, while Hickey and Knowles both scored 8 points.

Top photo: Victory lap for Darrin Treloar and Jesse Headland. Bottom photo: Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (yellow) and Neale Hancock/Brock Gates dicing for third place in the final. Photos: Judy Mackay.