Sidecar stars return to Gillman for Super Series round two

The Sidecar stars are back at Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (26 January) for round two of the Sidecar Super Series, presented by Eagle Fuels.

The line-up for the meeting features most of the riders from round one, but the dynamics of the meeting will be much different with riders now under different pressures depending on their points standing.

The current and previous World Cup Champions Darrin Treloar, and Warren Monson, again head the list of entries, but both are at, or near, the bottom of the points, so are under pressure the score heavily in this round to have any chance of overall victory in the series. Just as importantly both need to quickly get some winning form before they go into their respective state championships in the next few weeks.

Treloar is sitting at the bottom of the points, with zero points, after he was forced to watch from the pits when parts for his bike did not arrive from America in time for round one.

Monson isn’t in a much better position with only 6 points. He was down on power in his first three rides in round one before winning his fourth ride in the fastest time of the night but then careered onto the infield at high speed, after hitting the fence hard and dumping passenger Andrew Summerhayes, in his last ride.

At the other end of the scorecard, the leaders are under a different kind of pressure.

Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear (16 points), Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris (15), Sam Harrison/Luke McGrath (14) and Neale Hancock/Brendan Johnson (11) may not have expected to be leading the series after the first round but now the pressure is on them to keep scoring points with overall victory now a real possibility.

Just behind the leaders, and still within striking distance are twice World Track Racing Champion Mick Headland and Queensland star Brodie Cohen on 10 points each, NSW rider Shane Hudson, Mildura’s Adon Pearce and local rider Nathan Fleet on 8 points.

Top photo: Sam Harrison/Luke McGrath (white), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear (red) and Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris (blue) during the Super Series round one final. Photo by Derick Thomas.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 26 January 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.

Riders:

Sidecar Super Series: 12-Brian Silvy/Cameron White, 15-Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, 21-Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, 21v-Adon Pearce/Eli Bock (Vic), 25-Sam Harrison/Luke McGrath, 40-Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, 43-Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (Vic), 61-Chris Dess/Cameron Diwell (Vic), 64-Brodie Cohen/Damian Egan (Qld/SA), 68-Neale Hancock/Brendan Johnson (Vic), 71-Shane Hudson/Jackson Gilbert-Dunn (NSW), 77-Tim Bichard/Adam Pascoe, 84-Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland (NSW/SA), 89-Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, 107-Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (SA/Vic), 970-Dean Hobbs/Glen Zaworski

Sidecar Support: 17-Andrew Gault/Adam Constable (NSW), 57-Chris Bichard/Michael Bell, 88-Matt Crundwell/Cam Nichols (Vic), 111-Ricky Adams/Alice Cox

Solos 500cc: 19-Brayden McGuinness, 39-Steve Graetz, 42-Seth Hickey, 82-Dakota Ballantyne, 88-Blake Ridley

Junior (Under 16) 250cc Solo demonstrations: 14-Liam May

Junior (Under 16) 125cc Solos on the infield track: 26-Jordan Hargreaves, 33-Jake Fleet, 47-Nicholas Possingham, 524-Harry Sadler

Pee Wees (6.30pm-7pm): 03-Blake Schlein, 4-Riley Stout, 5-Jack Silvy, 7-Miller Roberts, 10-Darcy Bennett, 12-Gidgit Neighbour, 13-Jackson McPherson, 16-Riley Edson

Admission: Adults $25, Age Pension & Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 free, Family $55, Programme $5. Parking free. Grandstand free.

Concession is limited to holders of the Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and Student Concession card holders only.

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]

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 available in the souvenir shop.

Meeting Sponsor: Eagle Fuels — Eagle Fuels, are an independent fuel and lubricants supplier servicing the Adelaide market. They supply fuel and lubricants to the following sectors, Road Transport, Construction, Manufacturing, Rail and Retail, to name a few. They can also arrange onsite storage tanks up to 100,000 litres, complete site inspections with customers to assist with positioning of tanks or even which lubricant is required for your equipment. Their commitment to their customers is delivery on time every time, with “Old Fashioned Values and Service” To discuss your requirements, and be pleasantly surprised by their level of service and competitive pricing, call Daniel on 0499 009 575, the office on (08) 8268 9271 or call in to discuss your needs at 47 South Terrace Wingfield.   Eagle Fuels, your one stop Adelaide based Fuel and Lubricants distributor.

Weather Forecast: (As at 23 January) Maximum 30, minimum 18. Slight chance of a shower. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]

Directions:

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 contact@gillmanspeedway.com