11-time Australian Sidecar Champion Darrin Treloar, and passenger Blake Cox, are heading to Adelaide for the first time this season to contest the annual Bob White Cup event at Gillman Speedway on Saturday night (11 February).
Treloar and Cox won the first three stagings of the event before missing last year’s meeting when their trailer broke en route to Adelaide from Sydney.
Current Queensland Champions Tyler Moon and Adam Lovell, from Townsville, will also return to Adelaide for their second visit this season, while Max Howse/Riley Commons, Rick Stephens/Nick O'Brien and Jake Treloar/Eli Wright (NSW), and Byren Gates/Michael O'Loughlin and Chris Walker/Eric Melton (Vic) round out a strong interstate contingent. Howse, Moon and Gates finished second, third and fourth respectively in the recent Bowes Family Sidecar meeting at Gillman.
The standout local pair will be defending titleholders Mark Mitchell and Tony Carter, but there is little to separate the other local riders as was seen at the last meeting when seven of the ten riders won heats. The most successful of the other riders in this event in the past has been Damien Niesche who finished as runner-up to Treloar in 2020 and 2021. Shane Rudloff is also a past finalist, while, of the interstate rider Rick Stephens is a two-time finalist and Byren Gates was third last season.
All riders, including those in the support races, will want to be at their best to enhance their chances of selection for the forthcoming state championship.
The 250cc Junior Sidecar riders will also be competing for a Bob White Cup, in memory of the former Sidecar rider and Gillman Speedway official, on the 111 metre infield track, with riders from South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.
There will also be other support events for Flat Track Solos, Classic Sidecars and Solos and 125cc Junior Solos. The Classics are on the program as this meeting has also been chosen to acknowledge this season as the 50th anniversary season of the Speedway Riders Association of South Australia.
As with every meeting this season, those that can’t attend will be able to watch the livestreaming 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, 11 February 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.
Sidecars (Bob White Cup): Tim Bichard/Seth Pascoe, Chris Walker/Eric Melton (Vic/SA), Byren Gates/Michael O'Loughlin (Vic), Kane Golding/Isaac Amos, Nate Headland/Jaxon Rayner, Dean Hobbs/Daniel Low, Max Howse/Riley Commons (NSW), Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell (Qld), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Josh Pascoe/Matt Crawford, Shane Rudloff/Damian Egan, Brian Silvy/Dean Cottrell, Rick Stephens/Nick O'Brien (NSW/SA), Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), Jake Treloar/Eli Wright (NSW). (Support): Nathan Fleet/Cameron Diwell (SA/Vic), Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds, Adam Pascoe/Axel Brereton, Dan Puddy/Byron Mordaunt, Willy Walker/Jarrad Nash.
Classic Sidecars: Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds, David Lindsay/Liam Squire, Kym Menadue/Shane Dolan, Darren Pascoe/Michael Potts, Paul Snadden/Greg Black, Jack Spear/Mitchell Spear, Chris Wakefield/Kate Barnes (Vic)
Classic Solos: Darryl Christopher, John Doolan (Vic), Teagan Pedler
Flat Track Solos: Chloe Ackerley (Vic), Hannah Conradi, Sean Curtis, Dale Knights, Troy Knights, Greg Laanekorb, Matt Paterson, Kristy Schultz, Roy Stout, Con Twist, Brent Webley.
Under 16 250cc Sidecars Bob White Cup (infield track): Lachlan Coppen/Hayden Kuchel, Kayden Gates/Harley Ackerley (Vic), Sam Horton/Riley Edson, Seth Puddy/Hannah Silvy, Ellie Treloar/pass tba (NSW).
Under 16 125cc Solos (infield track): William Nicol, Ruby Chapman.
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.
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 9 February: Maximum 26, minimum 17. Partly cloudy.
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 email@example.com