South Australian Sidecar Championship at Gillman Speedway Saturday night

The prestigious South Australian Sidecar Championship, one of the hardest fought events, and most highly sought after trophies, on the Australian motorcycle speedway calendar, is the feature event at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (9 March).

Presented by Littlehampton Clay Bricks and Pavers, and the Adelaide Hills Business Park, the championship will be contested by a star line-up including the four finalists in last season’s Australian Sidecar Championship, Darrin Treloar, Andrew Buchanan, Trent Headland–the defending SA Champion, and Mark Plaisted, and two former SA champions Mick Headland and Mark Mitchell.

Also in the line-up are former World Cup champion Warren Monson, Damien Niesche-who took Treloar to a thrilling run-off to decide the recent Sidecar Super Series-and Sam Harrison, Neale Hancock and Shane Rudloff who finished third, fourth and fifth behind Treloar and Niesche in the Super Series.

The support events also features some star names, including NZ number two Jamie Moohan, former Australia number three Shane Hudson, and Rick Stephens, who all could be a chance of a semi-final or final berth if they get a late call up for the championship heats.

Top photo: Action from last meeting’s Sidecar Final, Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (red), Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland (blue), Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr (yellow). Photo by Mike Gerlach JDM Photos.

Everything You Need To Know:

Meeting Date: Saturday, 9 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: Sidecar Championship to be decided by 20 heats, a last chance semi-final for the 4th-7th highest scorers, and a final for the highest three scorers and the winner of the semi-final.

Defending Champions: Trent Headland and Darryl Whetstone.

Riders:

South Australian Sidecar Championship: 12-Brian Silvy/Cameron White, 13-Trent Headland/Darryl Whestone, 15-Shane Rudloff/Scott Morris, 21-Aaron Silvy/Jaron Silvy, 21v-Adon Pearce/Eli Bock (Vic), 25-Sam Harrison/Luke McGrath, 35-Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, 39-Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (NZ/NSW), 40-Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear, 43-Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (Vic), 68-Neale Hancock/Brendan Johnson (Vic), 75-Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt, 77-Tim Bichard/Adam Pascoe, 84-Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox (NSW), 89-Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, 107-Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr

Sidecar Support: 11-Tom Adams/Matty Barkla OUT 9/3, 14p-Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (NZ), 57-Chris Bichard/Michael Bell, 69-Rick Stephens/Nick O’Brien (NSW), 71-Shane Hudson/Jackson Gilbert-Dunn (NSW), 111-Ricky Adams/Alice Cox

Pee Wees (6.30pm-7pm): 1-Emma Seaton, 03-Blake Schlein, 4-Riley Stout, 5-Jack Silvy, 8-Grace Paul, 13-Jackson McPherson, 17-Ayla Severe OUT 9/3, 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.

Meeting Sponsors: Littlehampton Clay Bricks and Pavers, Adelaide Hills Business Park.

Weather Forecast: (As at 6 March) Maximum 28, minimum 17. Partly cloudy. [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