South Australian Sidecars 1 & 3 In Mildura Sidecar Spectacular

South Australian riders finished first and third in the prestigious Mildura Sidecar Spectacular on Saturday night.

The event, the longest running, non-Championship event in Speedway Sidecar racing, was won by Mick Headland and Paul Waters, who were unbeaten on the night.

Finishing in third place, in one of their best results were Damian Niesche and Mitch Spear. They finished as the second highest scorers in the same group as Headland, then second again to Headland, but ahead of Byren Gates/Mick O’Loughlin and Clint Mayes/Andrew Summerhayes in their semi-final before finishing third behind Headland/Waters and Darrin Treloar/Simon Cohrs in the final.

Victorian Champions Warren Monson and Matt Morgan finished fourth.

K Trans Australian Sidecar Championship News
Bad news for fans of the Prince of Port Adelaide, Ron Parker. The popular Adelaide rider, who finished fourth in the Championship in 2007, and fifth in 2008, has withdrawn from this season’s Championship.

Parker crashed at the last Gillman meeting and the bike nosed-dived onto his leg. Although, fortunately, nothing is broken he says he doesn’t want to leave it until the last minute to see if he is fit enough to ride and possibly deprive someone else of a chance so he has made the early call. New South Wales rider Shane Hudson will take his place in the Qualifying meeting on 30 March.

Meanwhile, Parker will maintain an interest by putting Division 2 rider Aaron Silvy on his bike for this Saturday night’s Gillman meeting.

Full details of the meeting, Round 5 of the Ikon Suspension Sidecar Grand Slam, will be on the Gillman Speedway website later today (11 March).

The start of the crash which has put Ron Parker and Shane Rudloff out for the rest of the season. Photo by www.jdmphotos.net

Canteen Manager Vacancy at Gillman Speedway Stadium

The progressive Gillman Speedway Stadium requires a Canteen Manager for the 2013/14 season.

Interested people should contact the Speedway Riders Association of SA President Ivan Golding on 0417 138378 or ivangold@sa.chariot.net.au or in person at the track.

This is a paid position.

During the winter of 2011 the main canteen was enlarged and re-fitted to allow for a greater variety of food, and now sells hot chips, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, Chico Rolls, dim sims, hot dogs, sandwiches, doughnuts, cold drinks, coffee and sweets.

Exciting Junior Sidecar Events Announced For Gillman Speedway

There will be two great nights of racing for the 250cc Junior Sidecars at Gillman Speedway Stadium on March 30 and 31 when they will compete in the Aircom Systems Junior Spectacular (30 March) and the Territory Marine sponsored O’Brien Cup (31 March) as support events for the K Trans Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship meetings.

Gillman Speedway Manager Dave Parker says: “We need to foster the sport and give the dedicated Juniors something to strive for.

“Brett Gilbert from Aircom Systems has generously offered to sponsor one night and Steven Blair from Territory Marine, and an accomplished passenger for Mark Drew, has also put his hand up to sponsor the O’Brien Cup, which is great news for the kids.

“At the last Australian Sidecar Championship we ran at Gillman, the Junior racing was hard and fast and I expect nothing less over Easter this year.

“The Juniors will strut their stuff on the 111 metres infield track between rounds of the senior racing, which will allow time for a quick water of the senior track, and for the senior bikes to stay cool and keep the action flowing all night long.

“Thanks again to Brett from Aircom and Steve from Territory Marine for supporting Junior Sidecar Racing and I am sure that all the riders, passengers and parents, along with the supporters appreciate your kind gestures.”

K Trans Australian Sidecar Championship Riders Named

Motorcycling Australia has announced the names of the riders who will contest this season’s K Trans Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway in Adelaide on 30 & 31 March (Easter).

Eight riders have been seeded to the Final, effectively the first and second placed home state riders in the Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian and South Australian Championships. The seeded riders are (in alphabetical order):
Seeded riders (in alphabetical order): Grant Bond / Glenn Cox (NSW), Jason Bradshaw / Steve Behsmann (Vic), Scott Christopher / Tyler Moon (Qld), Brodie Cohan / Josh Sinnott (Qld), Mick Headland / Paul Waters (SA), Warren Monson / Matt Morgan (Vic), Mark Plaisted / Sam Gilbert (SA), Darrin Treloar / Simon Cohrs (NSW).

They will be joined by a further eight riders who will come from a Qualifying meeting to be held on Saturday 30 March. The field for the Qualifying meeting, again in alphabetical order, is:
Dylan Blain / Robert Gottardi (Qld), Hayden Bond / Brady Cox (NSW), Chris Dess / Kyle Laverty (NT), Mark Drew / Steven Blair (WA), Byren Gates / Michael O’Loughlin (Vic), Malcolm German / Stephen Stagg (Vic), Neale Hancock / Lachlan Greenhalgh (Vic), Jason Hardy / Geoff Langdon (SA), Trent Headland / Jesse Headland (SA), James Hinton / Jack Summerling (NSW), Wes Jenkins / Damian Egan (Qld), Mark Mitchell / Tom Golding (SA), Russell Mitchell / Don Morris (WA), Ron Parker / Shane Rudloff (SA), Justin Plaisted / Sam Harrison (SA – Subject to Appeal), Rick Stephens / Darcy Risstrom (NSW).

Reserves are (in order of selection): Shane Hudson / Lionel Cornwell (NSW), Clint Mayes / Andrew Summerhayes (Vic), Damien Neische / Mitchell Spear (SA), Aaron Hartwig / Teagan Hartwig (SA),

Both meetings will start at 7.30 p.m.

Further infrastructure additions at Gillman Speedway

The amenities continue to improve at the Gillman Speedway Stadium with some new additions this week.

With the generous help of K Trans and Adelaide Cranes and Equipment, three new buildings have arrived at the venue.

There is a new office in the pit area, a toilet for the VIP area and another toilet situated behind the bar and canteen.

“It is really amazing how things just fall into place sometimes”, said Speedway Manager Dave Parker, “I was talking to Wayne from K Trans about portable buildings and toilets as I know K Trans do a lot of moving with these type of things all over Australia and he said, here, this is the guy to ring and next minute we had a deal we couldn’t refuse.

“The new amenities were much needed and they were all delivered on the back of one of K Trans semis and with the help from one of our new sponsors, Adelaide Crane and Equipment, they were put into place with some tricky moves over fences, up hills and over buildings. These guys really know their stuff.

“With some quick work over the next couple of weeks, we hope to have the pit office operational as well as the VIP toilet. The toilet behind the bar is a big project and getting that operational will be done in the off season as there will need to be a fair amount of earthworks done.

“Thanks again to all that have made these much needed amenities possible.”