With only two more meetings before the Australian Sidecar Championship, interstate and local stars are returning to Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (26 March) to contest the Paintmaster SA second round if the Sidecar Super Series.
Leading the line-up are three current State Champions, Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt (SA) and Brodie Cohen (Qld, with local passenger Jesse Headland).
Treloar, an 11-time Australian Champion, and Plaisted, the current Australian Champion, currently lead the Series points and are the obvious favourites for Saturday night.
Cohen and Headland will also be serious contenders after finishing second in the final at the last Gillman meeting, while there will be a lot of interest in the return of former Australian Champion Justin Plaisted, who returned to racing in Mildura last weekend after injuries forced him to retire in 2017. Joining Plaisted as passenger is the Simon Cohrs, himself a former Australian Champion.
Others who could feature in the semi-final or final are local teams Damien Niesche/Ayrton Canning, Kane Golding/Isaac Amos, Kym Menadue/Shane Dolan, Mitchell Spear/Glen Zaworski and Brian Silvy/Damian Egan, and interstate teams Max Howse/Riley Commons (NSW) and Brenten Dwyer/Jamie Flood (Vic).
Completing the 18 Sidecar nominations are Jake Treloar/Eli Wright (NSW), Dean Hobbs/Daniel Low, Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds, Thomas Adams/Jaxon Rayner, Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, Nathan Fleet, and Deven Gates (Vic).
There will also be support events for Solos, Sidecars, Flat Track Solos, and Junior Solos and Sidecars, with promising New South Wales teenager Michael West riding in both the 500cc Solo and Flat track Solo events.
The gates will open at 4pm, with racing starting at 7pm, and patrons are reminded that the SA Government still requires Gillman to strictly adhere to COVIDSafe practices, including check in before entry and wearing masks when lining up for service at the food and beverage outlets and when moving around the venue and unable to ensure 1.5m social distancing.
For interstate and overseas followers, or locals unable to attend because of Covid isolation, the meeting will be live streamed on http://speedwayaustralia.tv. Further details below.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 26 March 2022
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 4 pm.
Covid requirements: COVID Management Plan in place. Everyone must sign-in to the contact tracing system at the entry gates. Social distancing inside the venue - 3 people per 4 square metres if seated; 1 person per 2 square metres if standing or mixed seated and standing. Masks MUST be worn when getting food, drink or souvenirs; if going into the pits; and when moving around the venue and unable to ensure 1.5m social distancing. Patrons must be seated if eating or drinking when inside. Hand sanitiser placed at the gate, toilets and all sales areas. COVID Marshals will be in place. If you have cold-like symptoms, or have been a close contact of a confirmed case, please stay home and watch the live streaming.
Live streaming: To access the live streaming viewers need to go to http://speedwayaustralia.tv and follow the instructions under the FAQ tab to create an account. The cost is $27.50 per meeting. If you have any issues with the livestream please contact https://support.inplayer.com
Racing starts: at 7 pm. Free spectator access to the pits for a close look at the bikes until approximately 6.30 pm.
Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension and Student Concession $20, Children Under 16 free. Souvenir programme $5. Grandstand seating free. Parking free. Programme includes chances to win $50 fuel vouchers. EFTPOS available at both entrances and in the canteen for contactless payments.
Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only.
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.
VIP Area: The Gillman 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 room, 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] 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. See the “A Night At Gillman” tab.
Weather Forecast as at 24 March: maximum 28, minimum 13. Sunny. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml]
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.
Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email email@example.com