Sidecar Super Series Final at Gillman this Saturday night
February 20, 2020 by Gillman Media
The winner of the 2020 Sidecar Super Series will be decided this Saturday night (22 February) when the third, and final, round is held at Gillman Speedway.
Local duo Shane Rudloff and Scott Morris go into the meeting as favourites to win the series. Despite not winning the final in either of the first two rounds, consistent results throughout the qualifying heats has them leading by six points ahead of Kym Menadue/Eric Melton and Neale Hancock/Brendan Johnson, with Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien a further three points behind.
Rudloff and Morris will not be able to rest on their laurels on Saturday night, however. With a maximum of 16 points available, if Menadue/Melton or Hancock/Johnson where to go through the night unbeaten, Rudloff/Morris would need 11 points to win, which would mean they would have to reach the final, so can’t afford to drop too many points in the heats.
The chances of any of the series leaders scoring maximum points will be difficult however with the surprise entry of current Oceania and World Cup Champions Warren Monson and Andrew Summehayes. Monson/Summerhayes missed the first two rounds because of racing commitments in New Zealand, so can’t win the series, but they will be the favourites to win this round.
Although the series winner is unlikely to come from outside the top four of Rudloff, Menadue, Hancock and Stephens, the racing should be very close as Dean Hobbs/Glen Zaworski, Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, Stephen Fowler/Corey Palmer and Adon Pearce/Eli Bock have all figured in some exciting racing in the first two rounds.
While the Sidecar Series is the feature event, there will also be support races for Division one, Division two, and Flat track solos.
Photo: Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (red) and Kym Menadue/Eric Melton (yellow). Photo by Derick Thomas.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 22 February 2020.
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 5 pm. Free spectator access to the pits until closed to the public for practice and racing.
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. Eftpos is only available at the eastern gate. The western (main) gate is cash 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.
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.
Bar facilities available but 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. Eftpos is not available in the souvenir shop.
Weather Forecast: Maximum 27, minimum 13. Sunny. Forecast as at 20 February. [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. Speedway supporter discount available at the Mansfield Park Hotel, 426 Grand Junction Road, Mansfield Park (3 km from the track). Call 08 8445 3300 or use the link https://hotels.cloudbeds.com/reservation/VgHXNT#promo=GillmanSpeedway
Live results: Live results of the Sidecar and Solo races are free to view on the MYLAPS phone app. (www.speedhive.mylaps.com).
Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org