The annual Jack Young Cup is the feature event at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (1 December).
The meeting commemorates the memory of South Australia’s greatest rider, the late Jack Young (pictured above), the first rider from any country to win the World Speedway Championship twice (1951, 52), the only Australian to have successfully defended the championship, and the only South Australian winner.
This will be the last meeting before Christmas and appears to be a wide open event with no clear cut favourite, although the only previous winner in the line-up, home track rider Robert Branford is a strong chance to score a second win in the event.
Other local riders who will fancy their chances of making the final are Robert Medson, Dakota Ballantyne and Brayden McGuinness.
The major opposition for the Adelaide riders will be the three young English riders, Kyle Bickley, Tom Brennan and Zach Wajtknecht, with Queensland teenager Jedd List an outside chance, but a very even field means competition will be fierce for the semi-final berths with a number of other young riders determined to make their mark and stake a claim for a place in the South Australian Championship line-up after Christmas.
The meeting also includes Sidecar support races with the first appearance this season of former World Cup winner Mick Headland.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018.
Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.
Gates open: Gates open at 5pm. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30pm.
Racing starts: 7.30pm.
Solos 500cc Jack Young Cup: Connor Bailey (Vic), Dakota Ballantyne, Kyle Bickley (Eng), Fraser Bowes, Robert Branford, Tom Brennan (Eng), Steve Graetz, Seth Hickey, Declan Knowles, Jedd List (Qld), Brayden McGuinness, Robert Medson, Jack Morrison, Blake Ridley, Jake Turner (NZ), Zach Wajtknecht (Eng)
Sidecars: Ricky Adams/Thomas Adams, Chris Bichard/Michael Bell, Tim Bichard/Adam Pascoe, Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, Dean Hobbs/Glen Zaworski, Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Brian Silvy/Cameron White
Solo 125cc Under 16 on infield track: Jake Fleet, Aiden Gray, Jordan Hargreaves, Teagan Pedler, Nicholas Possingham
Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension & Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 free, Family $55, Programme $5. Parking free. Grandstand free.
Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only.
Seating: Grandstand seating for 216 people. 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, tea, 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. Also note 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.
Weather Forecast: (As at 28 November) Maximum 31, minimum 16. Partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]
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. 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). Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. 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 onto Bedford Street. Keep going on that road until you get to the speedway. About 2km.
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: Live results are free to view on the MYLAPS phone app. (www.speedhive.mylaps.com). The Gillman programme is available to download from the Gillman Speedway website (under the Shop tab) from Friday afternoon for $5.50 payable by credit card or PayPal.
Contact for this meeting: Speedway Manager, David Parker 0403 364 658