Riders from all Australian mainland states, and New Zealand, will contest the Bob White Cup for Sidecars at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (23 March).
With 20 nominations, organisers had a problem of how to include all the riders in the Bob White Cup events, while at the same time being mindful that spectators want to see close racing, and have come up with a format involving two groups.
Group one will feature the top eight riders, all from the forthcoming FIM Oceania Championship — Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (NZ), Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell (Qld), Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien and Shane Hudson/Adam Constable (NSW) — who will race against each other in the heats with only the top point scorer earning direct qualification into the final.
The remaining riders will go into three semi-finals, against the top five point scorers from group two, with the semi-final winners going into the final.
Classic Sidecars and juniors are also on the programme.
Top photo: Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear (left) and Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland. Photo by Judy Mackay.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Date: Saturday, 23 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: Bob White Cup. Two groups, three last-chance semi-finals, final.
Sidecars: 12-Brian Silvy/Cameron White, 15-Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, 21-Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, 28-Nathan Cock/Jack McMahon (Vic), 31-Darryll Woods/Will Walker, 35-Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter (SA/NZ), 39-Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (NZ/NSW), 40-Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, 55-Ronny Parker/Jarrad Edey, 57-Chris Bichard/Michael Bell, 57-Lance Tulloch/Brayden Wells (Qld), 69-Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien (NSW), 71-Shane Hudson/Adam Constable (NSW), 84-Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), 86-Ricky Cain/Regan Feck (WA), 88-Joshua Wells/Clinton Holmewood (WA), 89-Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning,
111-Ricky Adams/Alice Cox, 120-Tyler Moon/Adam Lovell (Qld), 970-Dean Hobbs/Glen Zaworski, 82-Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds
Classic Sidecars – last appearance this season: Chris Fraser/Don Morris (NSW), 30-Glen Hollis/Rex Byrne (Vic), 33-Chris Wakefield/Adyn McCarthy (Vic), 68-Chris Holmes/Hannah Holmes (Vic), 82-Wayne Lethbridge/Grantley Simounds, 970-Dean Hobbs/Justin Richards
125cc Under 16 Solos – last appearance this season: 26-Jordan Hargreaves, 33-Jake Fleet, 41-Jackson Milner (Vic), 47-Nicolas Possingham
250cc Under 16 Sidecars – last appearance this season: 28-Nate Headland/Kaidyn Silvy, 41-Jackson Milner/Adam Niesche (Vic/SA), 84-Jake Treloar/Kayden Gates (NSW)
Pee Wees (6.30-7.00pm- last appearance this season): 4-Riley Stout, 5-Jack Silvy, 8-Grace Paul, 13-Jackson McPherson, 16-Riley Edson, 37-William Nicol
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. 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 20 March) Maximum 27, minimum 18. Partly cloudy. [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