Australia’s best Sidecar riders, including all eight seeded riders for this season’s Australian Sidecar Championship, will contest the Chooks Custom Grafix Gillman Sidecar Championship at the Gillman Speedway in Adelaide on Saturday night (9 April).
The meeting will also be the final round of the Sidecar Super Series, and the last meeting before the two national championship meetings the following weekend.
The eight seeded riders (and passengers) from the national championship are Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt (SA/Vic), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (SA/Vic), Kane Golding/Isaac Amos (SA), Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), Shane Hudson/Adam Constable (NSW), Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (Vic), Brodie Cohen/Josh Murray (Qld) and Brandon Warke/Mitchell Danks-Firth (Qld).
Plaisted, Monson, Headland, Treloar and Cohen finished in that order as the top five in last season’s national championship, but there is also a wealth of talent amongst the other nominations, including two former Australian Champions Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (SA/Vic) and Justin Plaisted/Simon Cohrs (SA/Vic), plus Byren Gates/Eli Bock (Vic), Damien Niesche/Ayrton Canning (SA), David Bottrell/Darcy Risstrom (Qld/Vic), Max Howse/Riley Commons (NSW) and Shane Rudloff/Cameron Diwell (SA/Vic) who finished sixth, seventh, ninth, tenth and twelfth in the national championship (some with different passengers).
With 26 nominations, the format for the meeting will be two groups using the 13-rider, 13-heat format as per Motorcycling Australia’s General Competition Rules, with the top scorer in each group going into the final along with the winners of two semi-finals for the next four highest scorers in each group.
With this format all riders within a group ride once against each of the other riders in that group. The one drawback of this format is that each rider’s rides are not spread evenly throughout the night, so to give riders a slightly longer break when they are in successive heats, there will also be a limited support programme of Flat Track Solo events.
The gates will open at 4pm, with racing starting at 7pm, and patrons are reminded that Gillman Speedway is still required to strictly adhere to COVIDSafe practices, including check in before entry and wearing masks when lining up for service at the food and beverage outlets and when moving around the venue and unable to ensure 1.5m social distancing.
For interstate and overseas followers, or locals unable to attend because of Covid isolation, the meeting will be live streamed on http://speedwayaustralia.tv. Further details below.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 9 April 2022
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.
Covid requirements: COVID Management Plan in place. Everyone must sign-in to the contact tracing system at the entry gates. Social distancing inside the venue - 3 people per 4 square metres if seated; 1 person per 2 square metres if standing or mixed seated and standing. Masks MUST be worn when getting food, drink or souvenirs; if going into the pits; and when moving around the venue and unable to ensure 1.5m social distancing. Patrons must be seated if eating or drinking when inside. Hand sanitiser placed at the gate, toilets and all sales areas. COVID Marshals will be in place. If you have cold-like symptoms, or have been a close contact of a confirmed case, please stay home and watch the live streaming.
Live streaming: To access the live streaming viewers need to go to http://speedwayaustralia.tv and follow the instructions under the FAQ tab to create an account. The cost is $27.50 per meeting. If you have any issues with the livestream please contact https://support.inplayer.com
Racing starts: at 7 pm. Free spectator access to the pits for a close look at the bikes until approximately 6.30 pm.
Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension and Student Concession $20, Children Under 16 free. Souvenir programme $5. Grandstand seating free. Parking free. Programme includes chances to win $50 fuel vouchers. EFTPOS available at both entrances and in the canteen for contactless payments.
Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only.
Seating: Grandstand seating is free for this meeting but is limited to 216 people. There are large grassed viewing mounds and terracing suitable for deck chairs.
VIP Area: The Gillman VIP area is available to anyone who would like to treat their business colleagues, family or friends to the best view in the stadium. Enjoy the elevated view overlooking the track, either from inside the temperature controlled room, on the timber deck, or on the enclosed lawn area. The VIP area also has its own bar and toilet. Ring Ivan Golding on 0417 138 378 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] EFTPOS available at the main canteen.
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. See the “A Night At Gillman” tab.
Weather Forecast as at 6 April: maximum 28, minimum 15. Sunny. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml]
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.
Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org