The first of this season’s two International Speedway meetings, the FIM Oceania Sidecar Championship, takes place at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway Stadium this Saturday night (30 March).
Sixteen riders representing Australia, New Zealand, the USA and France will contest 20 heats, with the top three point scorers, plus the winner of a last chance semi-final for the next four highest scorers, going into the final to decide the 2019 champion.
This is only the fifth staging of the Oceania Championship and all three previous winners — Darrin Treloar, Warren Monson and Mark Plaisted — will take apart along with last season’s placegetters, Andrew Buchanan and Mark Mitchell, plus Mick Headland, third behind Plaisted and Treloar in the recent South Australian Championship, and Damien Niesche who was second in this season’s Super Series after a run-off with Treloar.
They will all be amongst the favourites, but this season’s line-up is the most even in the short history of the event, and the remaining riders (listed below) are all not only capable of taking points from the favourites, but of even reaching the semi-final or final themselves.
Top photo: Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (blue) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (white). Photo by Derick Thomas.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 30 March 2019.
Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman – near the Port Adelaide area.
Gates open: Gates open at 5pm. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 6.30pm.
Racing starts: 7.30pm.
Format: 20 heats, last-chance semi-final, final.
Riders: Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox, Dylan Moohan/Sean Mason, Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (representing New Zealand), Joe Jones/Jaron Silvy (representing USA), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (representing France), Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan, Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin, Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig, Shane Hudson/Adam Constable, Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes, Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell, Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (representing Australia). Reserves: Rick Stephens/Adam Pascoe, Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning
Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension & Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 free, Family $55. Parking free. Programme $5. Grandstand $5.
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. Cash only at the western (main) gate.
Seating: Grandstand seating for 216 people. 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, tea, cold drinks, sweets. “Gillman has far and away the best speedway tucker” [Peter White’s Speedway World] Eftpos is only 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. Also note 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: (As at 27 March) Maximum 18, minimum 12. Cloudy, chance of showers. [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. The Pavlos Motel on Main North Road, Pooraka offers a discount to speedway fans but you must ring the motel direct and ask for the Gillman Speedway discount. Full details are on the Gillman website under the information/accommodation tab.
Live results: Live results are free to view on the MYLAPS phone app. (www.speedhive.mylaps.com). The Gillman programme is available to download from the Gillman Speedway website (under the Shop tab) from Friday afternoon for $5.50 payable by credit card or PayPal.
Contact for this meeting: Ivan Golding 0417 138 378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org