The biggest two international events in Speedway Sidecar racing, the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup, and the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship, will take place at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway Stadium this weekend.
In both events the highest placed riders available from last season’s Australian Championship will race against riders representing New Zealand, the United States of America and France to decide the World’s best rider for 2019.
The World Cup is on Saturday night, 6 April, while the restaging of the Oceania Championship, which was rained off last Saturday night, is on Sunday afternoon (7 April).
This is the fourth time Gillman has staged the World Cup and previous winners Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes are in the line-up, along with former Oceania Champion Mark Plaisted (passenger Ben Pitt), former Australian Champions Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, and former World Track Racing champion Mick Headland (passenger Brenton Kerr).
The international challenge will be led by New Zealand riders Andrew Buchanan (passenger Denny Cox) and Jamie Moohan (Bayley Ogilvie).
Buchanan/Cox finished third in the last two World Cups, while Moohan/Ogilvie were semi-finalists in both of the international meetings last season and are the current NZ number two.
Sunday afternoon’s Oceania Championship will be the final meeting of the 2018/19 Gillman summer season.
Top photo: Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland (red), Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (blue) and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (yellow) in last season’s World Cup meeting. Photo by Derick Thomas.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Dates: Saturday, 6 April 2019 (World Cup); Sunday, 7 April 2017 (Oceania Championship)
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 pm (Saturday) and 1 pm (Sunday).
Racing starts: at 7.30 pm Saturday night; 3 pm Sunday afternoon. Free spectator access to the pits until approximately 1 hour before racing starts.
Format: 20 heats, last-chance semi-final, final.
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, Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, Shane Hudson/Adam Constable, 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: Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter, Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning.
As above except Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter replacing Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, and Rick Stephens/Adam Pascoe replacing Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear. Reserves: Nathan Fleet/Ayrton Canning, Brian Silvy/Cameron White.
Admission prices Saturday night: Adults $30, Age Pension and Student Concession $25 (*), Children Under 16 $10 (aged 12-15 inclusive), Children Under 12 free. Family $70. Programme $5. Grandstand seating $5. Parking free.
Admission prices Sunday afternoon: Adults $15, Age Pension and Student Concession $10 (*), Children Under 16 free. Programme $5. Grandstand seating free. Parking 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. The western (main) gate is cash 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] 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.
Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop. Eftpos is not available in the souvenir shop.
Weather Forecast: (As at 3 April) Saturday – maximum 22, minimum 15, partly cloudy. Sunday – maximum 22, minimum 12, partly cloudy, slight chance of a shower in the evening. [www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/Adelaide]
Pets: No pets, other than guide dogs, are allowed into the venue.
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