The Paintmaster SA Sidecar Cup will bring down the curtain on the 2022/23 Gillman Speedway season this Saturday night (25 March).
With the international Solo riders either already back in Europe, or preparing to go, and likewise many of the Sidecar riders either in Perth, or preparing to go, for the Australian Championship, competitor numbers are lower than normal, but those riding are very evenly matched so the finale should see close racing across all sections.
In the feature event, the Paintmaster SA Sidecar Cup, former Australian Champion Mark Mitchell, and the experienced Shane Rudloff and Scott Morris, will be trying to prevent 16-year-old current SA number 3 Nate Headland (passenger Jaxon Rayner) from winning his first feature event. Others in the line-up are last season’s SA #2, Kane Golding/Isaac Amos, Aaron Silvy, who reached the final of the anniversary gold cup at the last meeting riding his newly acquired ex-Mark Plaisted bike, Brian Silvy/Dean Cottrell, Dean Hobbs/Daniel Low, Adam Pascoe/Axel Brereton, Josh Pascoe/Matt Crawford and Nathan Fleet. The Sidecars will also be competing in a $500 Dash for Cash before the start of the Cup heats.
Mitchell, Rudloff, Headland, Brian Silvy and Hobbs have all been selected by Motorcycling Australia to ride in the Australian Championship qualifying round in Perth in two weeks.
In the 500cc Solo events, Australian Championship riders Brayden McGuinness and Michael West will continue their personal match races. McGuinness was in top form at the last meeting and won five of their six clashes in quick times. 17-year-old West is leaving to race in Germany soon, and these races have given him an insight for him to what he’ll be in for as McGuiness has ridden at similar levels (to what West will be riding in) in Denmark, Germany and Poland in recent seasons.
West, from Goulburn in New South Wales, will also be riding in the Flat Track Solo class where his main opposition will come from Port Pirie veteran David Footner, Roy Stout and Brent Webley.
There will also be full fields of Under 16 125cc Solo riders and 250cc Sidecar riders racing on the infield track during the main track grades.
The meeting will not be livestreamed.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 25 March 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 4.00pm.
Pit access for spectators: Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30pm.
Racing starts: at 7 pm.
Sidecar Cup: Nathan Fleet/pass tba, Kane Golding/Isaac Amos, Nate Headland/Jaxon Rayner, Dean Hobbs/Daniel Low, Mark Mitchell/pass tba, Adam Pascoe/Axel Brereton, Josh Pascoe/Matt Crawford, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Aaron Silvy/pass tba, Brian Silvy/Dean Cottrell
500cc Solos: Brayden McGuinness, Michael West (NSW)
Flat Track Solos: Richard Bunting, David Footner, Greg Laanekorb, Matt Paterson, Kristy Schultz, Roy Stout, Con Twist, Brent Webley, Michael West (NSW)
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 22 March: Maximum 25, minimum 13. Mostly sunny.
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