Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway stadium is the venue for the 2013 K Trans Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship on the Easter weekend.
The Championship will be staged over two nights, with a qualifying meeting on the Saturday night (30 March) and the Championship Final on the Sunday night (31 March).
24 of Australia’s best riders will take part with 8 seeded into the Sunday night meeting, and the other 16 – including three former Australian Champions, Mark Drew, Mark Mitchell and Russell Mitchell - to contest the qualifying meeting with the highest 8 point scorers progressing to the Sunday night.
There will be more details of the riders on the Gillman Speedway website over the next week or so.
Everything You Need To Know:
Meeting Dates: Saturday night, 30 March 2013 and Sunday night, 31 March 2013.
Venue: Gillman Speedway Stadium, 65 Wilkins Road, Gillman - near the Port Adelaide area.
Gates open: at 2 pm on Saturday, 30 March & 4 pm on Sunday, 31 March.
Racing starts: at 7.30 pm.
Saturday Night (30 March) – K Trans 2013 Australian Sidecar Championship Qualifying Meeting Riders/Passengers (alphabetical order): Hayden Bond / Brady Cox (NSW), Chris Dess / Kyle Laverty (NT), Mark Drew / Steven Blair (WA/NT), Byren Gates / Michael O’Loughlin (Vic), Malcolm German / Stephen Stagg (Vic), Neale Hancock / Lachlan Greenhalgh (Vic/SA), Jason Hardy / Geoff Langdon (SA), Trent Headland / Jesse Headland (SA), James Hinton / Jack Summerling (NSW), Shane Hudson / Lionel Cornwell (NSW), Wes Jenkins / Damian Egan (Qld/SA), Clint Mayes / Andrew Summerhayes (Vic), Mark Mitchell / Tom Golding (SA), Russell Mitchell / Don Morris (WA/NSW), Damien Niesche / Mitchell Spear (SA), Rick Stephens / Dale Knights (NSW/SA). Reserves, in order of selection, are: Arron Hartwig / Teagan Hartwig (SA), Tim Bichard / TBA (SA), Aaron Silvy / Matthew Barkla (SA)
Format: 16 riders x 20 heats. Highest eight point scorers qualify for the Championship meeting the next night.
Support event: Aircom Systems Junior Sidecar Spectacular 8 heats, a semi-final and a final to be held on the infield junior track while the main track is watered between rounds of the qualifying meeting. Riders/Passengers (alphabetical order): Tom Adams / Katelyn Silvy (SA), Jackson Barbary / Josh Malic (Vic), Jackson Bond / Liam Cox (NSW), Talysha Dawson / Chealah Dawson (Vic), Bayley Ogilvie / Hannah Ogilvie (Qld), Jack Sylvia / Harry Hearne (Vic).
Sunday Night (31 March) – K Trans 2013 Australian Sidecar Championship Riders/Passengers (alphabetical order): Dylan Blain / Robert Gottardi (Qld), Grant Bond / Glenn Cox (NSW), Jason Bradshaw / Steve Behsmann (Vic), Brodie Cohen / Josh Sinnott (Qld), Mick Headland / Paul Waters (SA), Warren Monson / Matt Morgan (Vic), Mark Plaisted / Sam Gilbert (SA), Darrin Treloar / Simon Cohrs (NSW) plus highest eight point scorers from Friday night.
Format: 16 riders x 20 heats plus a last chance semi-final and a final. The 4th to 7th highest scorers go into the semi-final; and the winner of the semi-final and the highest three scorers from the 20 heats go into the final.
Support event: Territory Marine Glenn and Nathan O’Brien Junior Sidecar Cup 8 heats, a semi-final and a final to be held on the infield junior track while the main track is watered between rounds of the qualifying meeting. Riders/Passengers (alphabetical order): Tom Adams / Katelyn Silvy (SA), Jackson Barbary / Josh Malic (Vic), Jackson Bond / Liam Cox (NSW), Talysha Dawson / Chealah Dawson (Vic), Bayley Ogilvie / Hannah Ogilvie (Qld), Jack Sylvia / Harry Hearne (Vic).
Australian Sidecar Championship Sponsor: K Trans K Trans WA, Australia wide transport services, specialises in the Transportation of Pipes, Transportable Accommodation Units & Concrete Products. Website: www.ktranswa.com.au; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (08) 9353 2666.
Fireworks: There will be a major fireworks display just before the final race of the Championship on Sunday, 31 March.
Admission: Saturday Night (30 March): Adults $25, Age and Student Concession $20, Children aged 12-15 $5, Under 12 FREE, Family Tickets (2 adults and 4 children) $55, Car Parking free, souvenir programme $5.
Sunday Night (31 March): Adults $30, Age and Student Concession $25, Children aged 12-15 $10, Under 12 FREE, Family Tickets (2 adults and 4 children) $70, Car Parking free, souvenir programme $5.
Programmes: There will be separate programmes for each night. The programme for the qualifying meeting will include colour photographs of the 16 teams. The programme for the Championship Final meeting will include colour photographs of the eight seeded teams, and a detailed history of the Championship.
Souvenirs: There is a well-stocked souvenir shop including the latest Blackchrome manufactured shirts and jackets. Eftpos available only in the souvenir shop.
Practice: The track will be available for practice on Thursday night, 28 March, from 6pm. Free entry for spectators. Cold drinks on sale but no food.
Food and drink: Full bar and catering available. Food includes hot chips, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, Chico Rolls, dim sims, hot dogs, sandwiches, doughnuts, coffee, cold drinks, sweets. 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.
Seating: There are large grassed viewing mounds and terracing but no grandstand seating, so bring deck chairs or blankets if you do not want to sit on the grass.
Weather Forecast: As at 26 March - Maximum 25, minimum 15, possible morning shower which will help make the track perfect!
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 30 minutes’ drive from the airport. The easiest and most direct way, 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 airports grounds and turn right onto Tapleys Hill Road. Just 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, you can’t go straight ahead or turn right, so pretty easy to this point. Continue down Port Road for about 1 km to the first intersection which is Grand Junction road and turn right. You only 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 (you can’t go straight ahead) onto Bedford Street. Just keep going on that Road until you get to the speedway. About 2 kms. The whole trip is about 20kms, and half-an-hour depending on traffic lights. Once you are on Tapleys Hill Road you can’t really go wrong. You only have to make three or four turns and most of those are simple.
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 accommodation tab.
Contact for this meeting: Speedway Manager, David Parker 0403 364 658