In the final Speedway Sidecar meet of the year for overseas competitors in Australia, Motorcycling Australia Speedway Commission Chairman, Ivan Golding shared his comments of the upcoming battle to be played out this Sunday Gillman Speedway in South Australia;
"FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship is going from strength to strength and this year includes a fantastic line up of overseas competitors from the United States of America, United Kingdom, New Zealand and of course, Australia. We have five riders from New Zealand this year up from four in 2016, eight teams representing Australia, two teams from the USA and two all the way from England.
"Crowd figures are on the up at Gillman. Last year we had a combined 3,300 people attend on the nights of Speedway Sidecar World Cup and for the FIM Oceania meeting. It's a very respectable participation number for Gillman, but we hope to double it if we can this weekend!
"With New Zealander Andrew Buchanan (Australian passenger Denny Cox) winning last Saturday's Oceania event at Undera Speedway over Darrin Treloar (Blake Cox) was great to see, as it was the first time a non-Australian has won the round. But, Treloar is a strong name and is out there for the win overall.
"Kiwi, Jaime Moohan (Bayley Ogilvie) came over to Gillman and rode an impressive meeting a few weeks ago and was clean and fast around the track. I think he will be one to watch. Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes have both put in quite a bit of track time at Gillman in the past and are quite strong on the larger sweeping track." Golding surmised.
Victorian rider Warren Momson commented ahead of Round two of the FIM Oceania event; "The main goal is to get out in front and stay there! Undera was a much different track to Gillman, where we are comfortable. We have a good base setting at Gillman and we are looking forward to putting our theory into practice." The Melbourne man finished.
Gillman Speedway manager David Parker said; “Last season’s event was the biggest crowd we’ve had for a sidecar meeting, but we’ve had several crowds this season not far short of that figure, so there is a very good chance we will break the crowd record figure this weekend.
"South Australia’s hopes will rest with former Australian Champion Mark Mitchell (Sam Harrison), 2016 World #2 Trent Headland (Darryl Whetstone) and brother and sister team Arron and Teagan Hartwig. The other Australian teams are Warren Monson (Andrew Summerhayes) and Byren Gates (Michael O’Loughlin)." Parker finished.
With weather tipped to nudge a dry 30 degrees on Saturday for the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup and scheduled to drop on Sunday to only 18 degrees with possible rain, there will be a huge impact on the riders and machines for the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship when the track's surface begins to hydrate and riders adjust their styles. Gillman Speedway Manager David Parker Dave Parker will keep that in control with fresh dirt on hand to create an international standard racing surface for the fierce battles to take place upon.
Australian FIM Oceania Sidecar teams:
Grant Bond/Glenn Cox (Australia)
Hayden Bond/Brady Cox (Australia)
Byren Gates/Michael O’Loughlin (Australia)
Arron Hartwig/Teagan Hartwig (Australia)
Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone (Australia)
Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes (Australia)
Mark Mitchell / Sam Harrison (Australia)
Andrew Buchanan/Denny Cox (New Zealand/Aust)
James Douglas/Harley Biddle (New Zealand)
Derek Ramsay/Matthew Ramsay (New Zealand)
Aiden Thwaites/Shane Twiss (New Zealand)
Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie (New Zealand)
Paul Whitelam /Damian Egan (Great Britain/Aust)
Mick Cave/ Bradley Steer (UK)
Bryan Motis/Nathan McFadden (United States of America/Aust)
Joe Jones/ Dave German (United States of America)
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Photo courtesy Rachelle Wilkinson, taken at FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship at Undera