Nation’s Sidecar stars at Gillman Speedway - January 2019
January 9, 2019 by Gillman Media
Sidecar riders from four states, including many of the nation’s leading riders, will appear in the first of the season’s Sidecar feature events at Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (12 January).
Ten-time Australian Champion Darrin Treloar, former World Cup champions Warren Monson and Mick Headland, and former Australian champion Mark Mitchell are just four of the riders who will compete in round one of this season’s Sidecar Super Series, presented by Ash’s Speedway Museum in Bathurst NSW.
Joining them in the line-up will be current Queensland number one Brodie Cohen former Victorian champion Byren Gates and fellow Victorian Neale Hancock, New South Wales rider Shane Hudson, and local riders Damien Niesche and Shane Rudloff.
In total, 16 riders will compete over 20 heats, a last chance semi-final and a final, with another five riders from SA, Vic and NSW in Sidecar support races, and six riders in Solo support races.
There will also be riders from NSW, Vic, SA and WA, including current Australian champions Jack and Adam Fewster, competing for the Gillman Junior Sidecar Championship on the infield junior track during the track prep breaks between rounds of the main event.
Admission prices have been kept at the normal cost of $25 for Adults, Age Pension & Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 free and Family $55.
Top photo: Shane Hudson/Jackson Gilbert-Dunn (blue), Neale Hancock/Brock Gates (white), Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin (yellow). Photo by Judy Mackay.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 12 January 2019.
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.
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.
Meeting Sponsor: Ash’s Speedway Museum, 2/10 Bradwardine Road, Bathurst, New South Wales 2795 Phone: 0414 240 164. One of the world’s largest speedway museums…items from 1926 until present day…includes everything speedway…over 85 bikes including sidecars…1200 race jackets…150 race suits…plus much more
Weather Forecast: (As at 8 January) Maximum 34, minimum 20. Sunny. [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: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org