Solo stars return to Gillman Speedway on Saturday night
by Gillman Media 28 January 2021
The 500cc Solo stars return to Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway on Saturday night (30 January) for a second Solo Spectacular.
Following the successful staging of a similar event in December, South Australian business Adelaide Hills Business Park were quick to suggest a second Spectacular as a replacement event for the previously advertised Australian Under-21 and FIM Oceania Speedway Championships which have been postponed by the respective controlling bodies, Motorcycling Australia and FIM Oceania, due to uncertainly around COVID-19 border restrictions.
Most of the leading riders from this pandemic-affected season, including three-time World Champion Jason Crump, and 2018 Australian Champion Rohan Tungate, who is making his only appearance here this season, are here for what will most likely be the last major Solo event in Adelaide this summer.
Newly crowned South Australian Champion Ryan Douglas is also back for his last appearance before returning to Queensland, along with Victorian Champion Justin Sedgmen and most of the other riders from the top half of the SA Championship, including fourth-placed Jordan Stewart, semi-finalists Fraser Bowes, Jack Morrison and Dakota Ballantyne, plus Declan Knowles, who only missed a semi-final berth on countback, and current Queensland Under 21 champion Jacob Hook.
Gates will open at 4pm, racing will start at 7pm, and as well as the Solo Spectacular there will be support events for Sidecars, 250cc Solos and 125cc Solos, all with interstate riders competing, including first and second from the Gillman Sidecar Championship, Rick Stephens/Nick O'Brien and Max Howse/Riley Commons.
Admission prices will be adults $25, concession $20, and children (under 16) free.
Top photo: Jason Crump and Fraser Bowes. Photo by Judy Mackay.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021.
Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.
Covid restrictions: COVID Plan in place. The QR code system will be operating. Everyone entering the venue will be required to check-in by scanning the QR code or filling in the alternative paper record sheet with a name and contact phone number. Family members who have the same address can sit together but others must adhere to the social distancing rules for outdoor sport and recreation activities of 1 person per 2 square metres. Hand sanitiser will be placed at the gate, toilets and all sales areas. COVID Marshals will be in place.
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.
Racing starts: at 7 pm. Free spectator access to the pits for a close look at the bikes and cars until approximately 6.30 pm.
Formats: Solo Spectacular, 20 heats, semi-final and final; Solo Support, 4 races; Sidecars, 8 heats, consolation and final; 250cc Solos, 5 races; 125cc Solos, 8 heats, semi-final and final.
Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension and Student Concession $20, Children Under 16 free. Souvenir programme $5. Grandstand seating free. Parking free.
Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only. Eftpos available at both gates and in the canteen.
Seating: Grandstand seating is free for this meeting and 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.
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, including the new season shirts, hoodies and caps [see A Night At Gillman tab on Gillman Speedway website].
Weather Forecast: Maximum 26, minimum 17. Partly cloudy. Forecast as at 27 January. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]
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