Strong field awaits local sidecar team
Wednesday, 24th December, 2014
Racing duo Darren Howse and Matt Ward will fly the flag for Broken Hill at the Dudley Bradshaw Memorial Sidecar Shootout this weekend.
Mildura’s Olympic Park Speedway will swing into top holiday action on Saturday, with a big field of sidecars from around the nation.
Adelaide, Broken Hill, Shepparton, Melbourne, Waikerie and Sydney riders are all coming to race against a strong Mildura contingent.
Top Mildura riders Warren Monson/Matt Morgan, and Byren Gates/Mick O’Loughlin head the local teams with AJ Pearce/Brodie Gebhart, Dale Milner/Nick O’Brien and Chris Dess/Emily Seymour also doing battle over 20 heats and two finals against some high quality visitors.
The include Adelaide’s Damien Neische/Mitch Spear, Shane Evans/Kane Turner and the Waikerie family of Aaron and Tegan Hartwig.
Monson and Gates are quick around their home circuit and the young team of Pearce and Gebhart has been constantly improving.
The young Hartwigs are also showing that there is a new breed of Sidecar racers in Australia and this brother/sister combination has been riding well for quite a while.
The gating skill of the pair has been recognised by many followers of the sport and their sharpness at the tapes will be tested to the full as they look for another podium finish at Olympic Park this year.
Damien Niesche and Shane Evans are experienced campaigners, with Niesche taking a podium position already this season so the local stars will need to be right on their game in the Bradshaw Memorial Final.
The Hudsons from Sydney, with Shane Hudson/Ben Pitt and father Phil Hudson/Nathan McFadden head up a strong group from NSW, which includes Broken Hill’s Darren Howse/Matt Ward.
Other Victorian teams include Mark Radford/Chris Walker and Simon Hartley/Steven Stagg from Melbourne. Shepparton’s young team of Mitch and Ash Duncan are the other “out of town” Victorian teams in the field.
The stakes will be high as all riders will want to get some bragging rights and their name on the Bradshaw Trophy, but more importantly, confidence over other sidecar teams as all riders have an eye on the Australian Championships in Alice Springs over the Easter weekend.
A small B-grade Sidecar support class will provide reserve riders for the Shootout meeting. Fans who arrive early will be able to watch a very keen group of Junior riders who are just starting off in the sport.
Gates open at 5pm, with a Junior program set to begin around 6:15pm. The Senior parade will start at 7:15pm, with the program to start at 7:30pm.
The club is also gearing for Round 2 of the 2015 Australian Solo Championship on January 5.