FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup in Adelaide this weekend

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AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, ADELAIDE. The biggest two international events in Speedway Sidecar racing, the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship, and the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup, take place at Adelaide’s Gillman Speedway Stadium this weekend.

In both events, the five highest placed riders from last season’s Australian Championship will race against riders representing New Zealand, Great Britain, the United States of America and France to decide the World’s best rider.

The Oceania Championship is on Saturday night, 31 March, and the World Cup the following night, Sunday 1 April, with racing starting at 7.30pm on both nights.

The defending champions in both events are Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes, but the most in-form team going into the weekend are Darrin Treloar and Jesse Headland, who were unbeaten in all four rounds of this season’s Nankang Tyres/Mitch Chassis Sidecar Super Series.

The other Australian riders are current Australian Champions Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone, former Australian champion Mark Mitchell (passenger Tony Carter) and Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell.

Great Britain will be represented by four of the top five from the British Speedway Sidecar Championship – Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth, Mick Cave/Bradley Steer, Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott and Will Penfold/Ricky Pay, who finished first, second, third and fifth in their national championship – and the USA by the top two in their national championship, Joe Jones/Tom Summers and Bryan Motis/John Bach, but it is the New Zealand rider Andrew Buchanan (passenger Denny Cox) who looks to be the biggest threat to the Australian riders who are the favourites for both meetings.

Last season Buchanan finished second in the Oceania Championship and third in the World Cup.

As well as Buchanan, New Zealand will be well represented by Jamie Moohan/Bayley Ogilvie, Dylan Moohan/Tyler Berger and Hamish Golding/Liam Cox. Jamie Moohan finished fifth in last season’s Oceania Championship.

For the first time, France will have a representative, with an Australian-based dual citizen, Mick Headland (passenger Brenton Kerr) riding under the French flag.

Practice for both events will be at Gillman on Friday night, starting at 6 pm and with free entry to the general public.

Sunday night’s World Cup will be the final meeting of the 2017/18 Gillman season.

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