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What’s On At Gillman Speedway This Season

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Once again there are some big meetings lined up at Gillman Speedway this season, with none bigger than the Australian Sidecar Championship which will be the final meeting of the season, on 26 March 2011.

There will also be a Qualifying meeting on the previous night, Friday 25 March.

With this as the end goal most of Australia's best Sidecar riders are expected to ride there on a regular basis, but especially in the South Australian (27 December - a Monday night) and Gillman (26 February) Championships, and the Gillman Masters (13 March - a Sunday night). Considering Gillman already has current World Champion Mick Headland, former Australian Champions Darrin Treloar, Glenn O'Brien and Mark Mitchell, and local star Mark Plaisted at most meetings, it is hard to improve on that, but this year another former Australian Champion, Russell Mitchell, will also have a bike based in Adelaide; yet another former champion, Gary Moon, has said he'll ride in the SA Championship, and the current New Zealand number one, Mike Zachan, is likely to ride in the Gillman Masters.

As well as the Sidecar Championship, Gillman will once again stage a round of the Australian Solo Championship, which this season is being staged over five rounds, one at each of Parramatta, Kurri Kurri, Gillman (22 January), Broken Hill and Mildura.

There will also be the other usual big Solo nights with the South Australian Championship (8 January), Jack Young Cup (11 December) and the Gillman Championship (12 February).

It is too early to be able to give any names, and it is getting harder each year to get high-profile, quality fields with many of the Australian international riders not interested in riding in their home country, but at the moment there is the possibilty of two Swedish riders (including one British Elite League rider) and maybe some English riders taking part in the Jack Young Cup and/or the South Australian Championship.

Support events will once again feature the Quads ‰ÛÓ who will be competing in a handicap season point score series plus their State Championship will be held At Gillman on 19 March (with Solo and Sidecar support events) ‰ÛÓ and the Junior Solos and Sidecars on the infield track.

This season the nearby Sidewinders Junior Speedway Club will hold both the Australian Under 16 Solo and Sidecar Championships and these have been scheduled to coincide with the senior Australian Championships at Gillman.

So, once again, plenty to look forward to. After a cold and wet winter, let's hope the weather is favouable.

The full list of fixtures is on the Gillman Speedway website (Calendar tab).

Season tickets which entitle holders to entry to all Speedway meetings on the fixture list, are available, and the V.I.P. Pavilion is available for hire. Contact the speedway manager, David Parker, for more details.

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