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English invasion

Thursday, 28th November, 2013

UK rider and four-time British Grasstrack Masters champion Mark Cossar will be in town for the first Broken Hill speedway meeting of the season on Saturday. UK rider and four-time British Grasstrack Masters champion Mark Cossar will be in town for the first Broken Hill speedway meeting of the season on Saturday.

By Ethan James

The Broken Hill Speedway is primed to host its own version of an Ashes showdown at their first meeting of the season on Saturday night.

A number of riders from the United Kingdom are flying into town and are set to test their mettle against a host of local and interstate racers.

Mark Cossar and passenger Darryl Whetstone touched town in Adelaide earlier this month and will take part in a various competitions across the state. 

Despite being a relative rookie, Cossar has amassed considerable success in Britain over the past decade in grass track and speedway sidecar racing.

The 27-year-old motorcycle mechanic only began riding in 2005 but has since won the British Grasstack Masters four times and the British Speedway Sidecar Championship on three occasions.

He also became the first rider in the event’s 62-year history to go through the entire race card unbeaten.

Cossar’s passenger Darryl Whetstone is a double Queensland Sidecar Champion, wining in 2009/10 and ‘10/11.

BH Speedway Club Public Relations Officer Charlie Ray said he landed the big names through sheer good fortune and was expecting a crowd of a few hundred to catch a glimpse of the star riders.

Cossar’s countrymen Mick Cave and passenger Ben Goddard are the other big name duo heading to Broken Hill.

The pair is ranked in the top five in the UK and have been racing together for the past six seasons.

Cave, 51, last competed on Australian turf in 2011 at the FIM World Speedway Sidecar Championship in Murray Bridge and will be using the latest Yamaha R1 engine.

Aside from side cars, cook chasers and street stocks will also tear up the track. 

Gates open at 6pm with racing beginning at dusk. 

The track’s beer booth will not be in operation for the evening and no glass is permitted at the track. 

Ticket prices are adults $15, students (13-17) and pensioners $10, children $5 (under six free). Family packages can also be purchased for $35. 

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