Riders from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland will head to Adelaide this week to take on the local South Australian stars in the Bowes Family Sidecar Cup when Sidecars make only their second appearance of the season at Gillman Speedway on Saturday night (14 January).
Leading the interstate riders will be current Queensland champions Tyler Moon and Adam Lovell who are making the long trip from Townsville. Moon/Lovell won their state championship in Brisbane in November, when they were the top scorers in the heats and then led home Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox in the final.
The other visitors are Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien and Max Howse/Adam Commons from New South Wales, and Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin, Chris Walker/April Cottrell and Chris Dess/Chloe Ackerley from Victoria.
The local challenge will be led by Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear and Kym Menadue/Shane Dolan, but their only other appearance this season, in the Gillman track championship, showed there is a lot of strength all the way down the list, so there could be some outside chances who make it to the finals.
Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr, Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin and Shane Rudloff (with Damian Egan) finished in that order (behind Mark Plaisted who is not riding in this meeting) in the final of the Gillman Championship, while Max Howse (with Riley Commons), Chris Walker/April Cottrell, Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien and Stephen Fowler/Ben Goodridge made it through to the semi-finals.
Support events will consist of another strong line-up of Sidecars, Flat Track Solos, a limited number of 500cc Solos, plus junior events.
The support events should be as good as the main event as a number of riders could easily argue they should be in the Cup events. They will be out to impress again this week, while the pressure will be on some of the riders in the top 16 to do enough to hold their places for the next major Sidecar meeting.
The meeting will be livestreamed through the website link below. Please note this is the only official livestreaming link, any others touted on facebook sites are scams.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 14 January 2023
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 4pm.
Pit access for spectators: Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30pm.
Racing starts: at 7 pm.
Sidecars Bowes Family Cup: Tim Bichard/Seth Pascoe, Nathan Fleet/Cameron Diwell, Stephen Fowler/Ben Goodridge, Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin (Vic), Kane Golding/Isaac Amos, Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (SA/Vic), Dean Hobbs/Daniel Low, Max Howse/Adam Commons (NSW), Kym Menadue/Shane Dolan, Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell (Qld), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, Brian Silvy/Dean Cottrell, Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien (NSW/SA), Chris Walker/April Cottrell (out).
Sidecars Support: John Atherton/Greg Black, Chris Dess/Chloe Ackerley (out), Nate Headland/Jaxon Rayner Chloe Ackerley (SA/Vic), Corey Palmer/Matt Barkla, Adam Pascoe/Axel Brereton, Josh Pascoe/Matt Crawford, Willy Walker/Jarrad Nash.
Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension and Student Concession $20, Children Under 16 free. Parking free. Souvenir programme $5- includes chances to win $50 fuel vouchers. EFTPOS available at both entrances, canteen, bar and souvenir shop.
Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only.
Livestreaming: This meeting will be livestreamed on https://spacequakesports.vhx.tv/products/2023-bowes-family-sidecar-cup-jan-14 (the cost is $25 Australian, but note the website shows the price as $17.49 in US dollars). Any other claimed links to livestreaming are scams.
Seating: There are large grassed viewing mounds and terracing suitable for deck chairs. The Grandstand only has 120 seats available for this meeting due to ongoing refurbishment.
VIP Area: The Bob White 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 rooms, 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]
Please note a condition of our liquor licence is no byo alcohol or glass can be brought into the venue.
Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. See the “A Night At Gillman” tab.
Pets: No animals are allowed into the venue except assistance animals, eg guide dogs.
Weather Forecast as at 11 January: Maximum 37, minimum 22. Sunny.
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 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