After some entertaining racing on opening night, fans are looking forward to another night of close racing at the second Gillman Speedway meeting this Saturday night (27 November).
The meeting sees the return of Fraser Bowes, fresh out of quarantine after being based in Germany over the Australian winter. Bowes had a very good season last season and with the international experience gained over the last six months he will go into the meeting as the favourite in the 500cc Solo class.
With the borders open we also see the return of Dayle Wood and Patrick Hamilton from Mildura, who along with Kiwi Jake Turner and local rider Steve Graetz make up the Group one Solos, with Blake Ridley, Teagan Pedler, Shaun Sampson and Brian Johnson again in Group two and chasing a chance to get through to the Rider of the Night semi-final against the group one riders.
The Sidecars provided some thrilling racing, and some surprise results, on opening night, and the line-up this week looks stronger, and even more unpredictable, with the return of current track champions Rick Stephens (from Broken Hill) and Nick O’Brien, plus the Silvy brothers. This is the first meeting this season for Aaron and Jaron Silvy, and virtually the first for Brian Silvy and Damian Egan as they got no further than practice on opening night after their engine started to make some potentially expenses noises!
They’ll face Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris who were unbeaten on opening night, Tom Adams/Michael Bell who top scored with the benefit of an extra ride, Stephen Fowler/Ben Goodridge, who scored an impressive win against strong opposition, Mitch Spear/Glen Zaworski and Dean Hobbs/Daniel Low.
In the Flat Track Solos former international speedway rider Nigel Sadler, as always, will be the favourite, with 16-year-old Kyle Machin, and experienced speedway rider Roy Stout, his main opposition, with Dale Knights, John White and Julian Timmis the best chances of grabbing the other starting places in the final.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 27 November 2021
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 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 required when getting food, drink or souvenirs, and if going into the pits. Hand sanitiser placed at the gate, toilets and all sales areas. COVID Marshals will be in place.
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.
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 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.
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 November: Maximum 23, minimum11. Cloud clearing.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org