Rightyo it is Summer in Australia and that means Solo Speedway Season, and the line up for the 2018 Australian Speedway is epic.
As an ex-motocross racer, Zane Keleher has been working away with his Speedway conversion and will make his debut in the Australian Championships before heading overseas.
“Almost 3 years to the day since I set the goal of being in the top 16 riders in Australia to compete at the annual Australian Championships, I received the good news that the goal has finally been achieved!” Stated Zane Keleher.
“My results from the 2018 QLD Titles haven’t gone unnoticed and I’ve been rewarded with automatic seeding into the 2019 Australian Championships to be held in early January.
I’m really excited and I don’t feel any pressure at all about competing against 2012 World Champion, Chris Holder or the other riders like former U21 World Champion, Max Fricke or past Australian Champions, Brady Kurtz, Sam Masters and Rohan Tungate who all have Speedway Grand Prix experience. I’m definitely the underdog and that just makes it even more exciting for me!
The Australian Championship takes a lot of effort to plan and organise and will see me travel 2400km from my hometown to Gillman in South Australia just to get to Round 1. All up it will be almost 6000km for the series which travels to Gillman, Mildura, Albury, Undera, and Kurri-Kurri. It comes with some huge expenses including over $1000 in diesel, $3800 in accommodation expenses, $2100 in race tyres, $2600 in oils, clutches, chains, and other consumables and that’s if nothing goes wrong!
Not only am I the only Queensland rider automatically seeded but I’m also the ONLY domestic-based rider as well and I’ll be up against the toughest line-up in recent years with nearly all my remaining competitors based overseas and having extensive international experience.
I am in serious need of financial backing and additional product support for the Australian Championship and the 2019 season and kindly ask you to consider whether you can assist me in any way, shape or form, whether big or small.
As a professional athlete, sponsorship and product support are vital to my success and your investment will be rewarded as I am confident in being the most pro-active and professional rider in Australia.” concluded Zane Keleher.
GILMAN MEDIA PRESS RELEASE
Motorcycling Australia, and Motorcycling South Australia, respectively have announced the riders who will contest the three biggest Solo meetings of the season at Gillman Speedway over the Christmas/New Year period.
Motorcycling Australia has named 24 riders who will contest the 2019 Australian Senior Solo Speedway Championship CBS Bins meetings at Gillman on 2 and 3 January.
Eight riders have been seeded into five championship rounds, which will commence with round 1 at Gillman on Thursday night, 3 January. The seeded riders are (in alphabetical order): Max Fricke (Vic), Chris Holder (NSW), Jack Holder (NSW), Zane Keleher (Qld), Brady Kurtz (NSW), Jaimon Lidsey (Vic), Sam Masters (NSW), Rohan Tungate (NSW). Chris Holder, Kurtz, Masters and Tungate are all previous winners of the Championship.
They will be joined by a further eight riders who will be decided by a Qualifying meeting at Gillman the night before, on Wednesday, 2 January. The field includes seven British League riders and at least one other who will be making his BL debut next season. The full line-up is: Mason Campton (NSW), Ben Cook (NSW), Zach Cook (NSW), Ryan Douglas (Qld), Matthew Gilmore (NSW), Jacob Hook (Qld), Todd Kurtz (NSW), Jedd List (Qld), Robert Medson (SA), Nick Morris (Qld), Jack Morrison (Vic), Josh Pickering (NSW), Cooper Riordan (Vic), Justin Sedgmen (Vic), Jordan Stewart (Vic), Kye Thomson (Qld). First reserve: Brayden McGuinness (SA), second reserve: Dakota Ballantyne (SA)
Before the Australian Championship, however, Gillman will host the Littlehampton Clay Bricks and Pavers South Australian Championship on Friday night, 28 December.
Over the same format as the Australian Championship, will 16 riders over 20 heats, a last chance semi-final and a final, Motorcycling SA has chosen the following riders to compete (again in alphabetical order): Connor Bailey (Vic), Dakota Ballantyne (SA), Fraser Bowes (SA), Max Fricke (Vic), Matthew Gilmore (NSW), Steve Graetz (SA), Seth Hickey (SA), Jacob Hook (Qld), Declan Knowles (Vic), Kane Lawrence (NSW), Jedd List (Qld), Brayden McGuinness (SA), Robert Medson (SA), Cooper Riordan (Vic), Matthew Pickering (NSW), Justin Sedgmen (Vic). First reserve: Blake Ridley (SA). Second reserve: Aden Clare.
Photo1: Former World Under 21 Champion Max Fricke who will be riding in both the South Australian and Australian Championship meetings at Gillman Speedway over the Christmas/New Year period. Photo by Dave Payne.
Photo2: Zane Keleher
Photo3: Zane Keleher