Following an impressive performance in the Gillman Championship last month, when he showed local fans what they have been missing for many years while he has been living in Britain, 2020 British Champion Rory Schlein will go into the National Karate South Australian Solo Championship at Gillman speedway this Saturday night (28 January) as a clear-cut favourite — 14 years since he last competed in the championship, and 16 years since he last won it!
Should Schlein falter, his biggest threat seems to be last season’s #3, Brayden McGuinness, but it really is wide open after that with probably up to another nine riders — Jack Morrison, Patrick Hamilton, Jake Turner, Michael West, Maurice Brown, Liam May, Declan Knowles, Dayle Wood and Aden Clare — capable of challenging for a berth in the final or semi-final.
Whatever the result this meeting could see some of the closest racing of the season as so many of the riders are evenly matched and have produced close and exciting racing at recent meetings.
Support events will consist of another strong, and evenly matched, line-up of Sidecars, plus Flat Track Solos, 250cc Junior Solos, plus 125cc Junior Solos.
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, 28 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.
500cc Solos - SA Solo Championship : Aden Clare (NSW), James Crundwell (Vic), Maurice Brown (NSW), Tom Dixon (Vic), Steven Graetz (SA), Patrick Hamilton (Vic), Declan Knowles (Vic), Liam May (SA), Brayden McGuinness (SA), Jack Morrison (Vic), Teagan Pedler (SA), Rory Schlein (SA), Roy Stout (SA), Jake Turner (SA), Michael West (NSW), Dayle Wood (Vic)
Sidecars : Tim Bichard/Seth Pascoe, Nathan Fleet/Cameron Diwell (SA/Vic), Nate Headland/Jaxon Rayner, Dean Hobbs/Daniel Low, Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds, Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Adam Pascoe/Axel Brereton, Josh Pascoe/Matt Crawford, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, Brian Silvy/Dean Cottrell, Rick Stephens/Nick O'Brien (NSW/SA)
Flat Track Solos : Richard Bunting, Graeme Eberhard, David Footner, Troy Knights, Greg Laanekorb, Kyle Machin, Matt Paterson, Con Twist, Brent Webley
Solos Under 16 250cc : Ashley Jansen-Batchelor, Harry Sadler, Darcey Timmis
Under 16 125cc Solos (infield track) : Ruby Chapman, Jordan Hargreaves, Kobi Canning, Ryleigh McGregor, William Nicol, Hayden Pascoe, Blake Schlein (Vic)
Under 16 250cc Novice Sidecars (infield track) : Lachlan Coppen/Hayden Kuchel, Amelia Silvy/Tayla Lucas
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/south-australian-solo-championships-jan-28 (the cost is $25 Australian). 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 25 January: Maximum 32, minimum 25. Cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of a shower (0 to 4 mm).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org