International Solo stars at Gillman Speedway Monday night
by Gillman Media 23 December 2020
Three-time World Champion Jason Crump will make a rare appearance at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway when he headlines a full field of riders from four different States in the Gillman Solo Spectacular next MONDAY night, 28 December.
Joining Crump at the top of the line-up, and equal favourites to take the major prize are fellow internationals Justin Sedgmen, Jaimon Lidsey (both from Victoria) and Ryan Douglas (Qld).
Sedgmen and Douglas have both in good form in recent meetings. Sedgmen won the Jack Young Cup at the last Gillman meeting, and last weekend won his third Victorian Championship, while Douglas went very close to defending the Queensland Championship he won last season when he won all of his heats only to be beaten by Josh Grajczonek in the final.
Lidsey has not yet ridden in Australia this season but is coming off a very successful European season where he was a consistently high scorer in the Polish Ekstraliga (the World’s toughest speedway league) and won the World Under-21 Championship in the Czech Republic.
Other riders in the mix for a semi-final, or final berth, include local stars Dakota Ballantyne, Fraser Bowes and Robert Medson; former world 250cc champion Matthew Gilmore from NSW, current Queensland Under 21 champion Jacob Hook, and another talented teenager Connor Bailey.
More Solos, Sidecars, Flat Track Solos and Juniors will make up the support programme.
Gates open at 4pm to allow for any possible delays because of the mandatory QR code check in, although the system worked smoothly last meeting, so no delays are expected. Racing will start at 7pm.
This is the last meeting for 2020.
Top photo: Jason Crump. Photo by Ian Charles.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Monday, 28 December 2020.
Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.
Covid restrictions: COVID Plan in place. The new QR code system will be operating. Everyone entering the venue will be required to check-in by scanning the QR code or filling in the alternative paper record sheet with a name and contact phone number. Family members that have the same address can sit together but others must adhere to the social distancing rules for outdoor sport and recreation activities of 1 person per 2 square metres. Hand sanitiser will be placed at the gate, toilets and all sales areas. COVID Marshals will be in place.
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.
Racing starts: at 7 pm. Free spectator access to the pits for a close look at the bikes and cars until approximately 6.30 pm.
Junior Solo Under 16 250cc (added 24/12/2020) : 41-Jackson Milner (Vic), Joshua Beetham (Qld), Riley Plum (Vic), Michael Cogdell (Vic) plus demonstration rides 131-Ashley Jansen Batchelor
Junior Solo Under 16 125cc (on the infield junior track during track grades) : 26-Jordan Hargreaves, 27-Travis Clarke, 33-Jake Fleet K48-Kobi Canning, 66-Billy Brown (NSW), 131-Ashley Jansen Batchelor, 524-Harry Sadler
Junior Solo Under 16 125cc novices (03-Blake Schlein, 10-Darcy Bennett, 13-Jackson McPherson, 37-William Nicol), 50cc (03-Blake Schlein, 4-Riley Stout) and Pee Wee (1-Lila Canning, 4-Riley Stout, 46-Owen Chapman, 75-Jett Plaisted) on the infield track at 6pm. Balance bikes also on at 6pm.
Formats: Solo Spectacular, 20 heats, semi-final and final; Solo Support, 4 rides; Sidecars, 8 heats, consolation and final; Flat Track Solos, 8 heats, highest six point scorers go into a six lap final.
Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension and Student Concession $20, Children Under 16 free. Souvenir programme $5. Grandstand seating free. Parking free.
Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only. Eftpos available at both gates and in the canteen.
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.
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, including the new season shirts, hoodies and caps [see A Night At Gillman tab on Gillman Speedway website].
Weather Forecast: Maximum 22, minimum 11. Mostly sunny. Forecast as at 25 December. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]
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 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 email@example.com