2019

THE SIDECARS PREPARE FOR THE MASTERS....

THE MANCHESTER MASTERS

The mighty 1000cc Sidecars are heading to Manchester next Saturday (October 12th) for a night of high speed, fairing rubbing action at the National Speedway Stadium.
Manchester Racing are hosting the 2019 Manchester Masters at the the home of the Belle Vue Aces and the crews can’t wait to race on what is possibly the best racing track in the UK.
With the ACU British Sidecar Speedway Championships over, eighteen of the finest crews in the country will be lining up to entertain the fans with 20 heats of wheel-to-wheel sidecar action.
The line-up is headed by the newly crowned British Champion Mark Cossar with stand-in passenger, the very experienced Carl Pugh. Cossar has been the man to beat all season and will no doubt start as favourite. The other crews that shared the championship rostrum Mick Cave/Bradley Steer and Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott will want to finish the season on a high.
Until last season these three crews were uncatchable on the shale and all have enjoyed time racing in Australia, the home of sidecar speedway. Cossar has even beaten the Aussies in their own yard. But the class of 2019 have real strength in depth and it didn’t go unnoticed when no less than nine of the sixteen crews had a least one win in what was an exciting night in Somerset.
The sidecars will be joined by the UK Flat Trackers to create what will be an awesome night of action on the shale oval.
Eighteen crews will be heading north to Manchester and the tapes go up at 7pm for the first race of over twenty-heats of fairing rubbing action. With the entrance price only £13 adults, £10 Concessions, £5 Juniors (12-17) and Under 12’s Free it really is a great night for all the family.
 

Manchester Masters LINE-UP

Mark Cossar/Carl Pugh

Mick Cave/Bradley Steer

Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott

Will Penfold/Ricky Pay

Kevin Lapham/Coran Allen

Matthew Tyrrell /Liam Brown

Jack Penfold/Kieran Ivy

Clint Blondel/Richard Webb

Mick Stace/Ryan Knowles

Nevill Penfold/Kev Jone

sPhilip Wynn/Adam Cowper Smith

Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters

Steve Maitland/Terry Madley

Andy Cossar/Gareth Williams

Joe Mogg/Joe Smith

Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards

Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemister

Billy Winterburn/Ryan Wharton

THE SIDECARS ARE COMING TO MANCHESTER

The 1000cc Sidecars are "Coming to Manchester" in October and it will be a night not to miss as Manchester Racing organise their first Sidecar Speedway event at the National Stadium, the home of the Belle Vue Aces.

20+ crews including the newly crowned ACU British Sidecar Speedway Champions Mark Cossar/Gareth Williams line up as they compete the become the 2019 Manchester Masters.

Alongside the 1000cc monsters are the American Style UK Flat Trackers who will support the main event and make it a superb night of entertainment.

20+ races all for £13 adults/£10 Concessions/ £5 Juniors (12-17) with children under 12 Free.

Put the date in your diary now.

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COSSAR/WILLIAMS ACU BRITISH SIDECAR SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONS 2019

Mark Cossar/Gareth Williams were crowned as the 2019 ACU Sidecar Speedway Champions after a hotly contested night of close, fairing rubbing racing at the Oaktree Arena in Somerset.

Runners-up were Mick Cave/ Bradley Steer with Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott completing the rostrum .

A full report shall follow soon.

ALL ROADS LEAD TO SOMERSET AS THE CREWS PREPARE FOR THE FINAL

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The Awesome 1000cc Sidecars are returning to Somerset on Friday for the final round of the 2019 ACU British Sidecar Speedway Championships.
Leading the way going into the final is former champion Mark Cossar with passenger Gareth Williams. They hold a slender two point lead over Mick Cave/Bradley Steer with Will Penfold/Ricky Pay a further two points in arrears. Last season’s champions Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott will be looking for a good night after failing to make the A-Final at the last round. But they are still in touching distance only five points behind Cossar/Williams. So the 2019 champions will probably come from those four crews. But it’s the final and all sixteen crews will be wanting to stand on the podium at the end of the night. The racing is sure to be close, no crew wanting to give an inch in the adrenaline fuelled sport of Sidecar Speedway.
The last round in Somerset saw some excellent racing with a few upsets on the night. No less than nine of the sixteen crews gaining race wins proving the race series has real strength in depth. A fact echoed by Russell Mitchell, a former Australian Champion and frame builder who was visiting the UK and present in the West Country.
Seventeen crews will be heading to the West Country on Friday and the action starts at 6.30pm with Practice. The Tapes go up at 7.30pm for the first race of over twenty-heats of fairing rubbing action. With the entrance price held at £10 for adults and Free for Under 16’s it really is a great night for all the family.

ACU BRITISH SIDECAR SPEEDWAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Draw for Final Round - Somerset September 6th

1 Nevill Penfold / Kev Jones
2 Clint Blondel / Kevin Bennett
3 Will Penfold / Ricky Pay
4 Mark Cossar / Gaz Williams
5 Paul Whitelam / Alan Elliott
6 Kevin Lapham / Coran Allen
7 Joe Mogg / Joe Smith
8 Will Offen / Steven Hargreaves
9 Mick Stace / Ryan Knowles
10 Simon Beaney / Gareth Bemister
11 Andy Cossar / Wayne Rickards
12 Rob Wilson / Terry Saunters
13 Mick Cave / Bradley Steer
14 Steve Maitland / Terry Madley
15 Philip Wynn / Adam Cowper-Smith
16 Simon Heal / Tom Smith
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THE FANS TURN OUT IN THE SOMERSET SUN

COSSAR/WILLIAMS TAKE VICTORY IN WHAT WAS TO BE A CLASSIC NIGHT OF SIDECAR SPEEDWAY

A fast, furious night of three wheeled action took place last Friday at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena as the UK’s hottest sidecar speedway teams clashed in the second round of the 2019 British Championships. What unfolded was race after race of thrilling, dramatic action. There’s no doubt that the action was an unpredictable, wide-open affair, but a familiar name rose above them all to claim the glory.
As well as several surprise packages emerging in the early heats, two firmly established front- runners led the way by the end of the third set of heats. Former British champion Mark Cossar, who had paired with Gareth Williams for the evening, romped to three highly impressive wins, clocking the fastest times of the night by a considerable margin. Equalling his maximum score, however, was Mick Cave and Bradley Steer. They looked equally as impressive, though their race times swung the odds in Cossar/Williams’ favour.
The two maximum crews clashed in a superb Heat 19 battle. Cossar/Williams made a woeful start and had to fight hard to get on terms with Cave/Steer. Mick Stace/Ryan Knowles made things difficult for Cossar/Williams in the early part of the race, but once Stace had been disposed of, Cossar/Williams hunted down and eventually passed Cave/Steer with a remarkable, wide-riding manoeuvre. This meant that Cossar/Williams were the only crew to head into the final unbeaten.
Although these established stars topped the points chart, the night was full of surprises. Mick Stace and Ryan Knowles had two excellent victories in their opening rides, aided no doubt by the presence in their pit bay of sidecar speedway legend Russell Mitchell. The Western Australian was in the country for a holiday, but couldn’t resist stopping in on the action. Stace/Knowles looked like they too would head into the fourth leg with three wins, but they oversteered dramatically on the opening lap of their third heat while leading, causing them to run in-field. Still, by this time they had set a marker down for their potential.
With youngest Cossar, Tom, sunning himself on holiday, father Andy took to the reigns of his son’s brand new Crossplane speedway outfit, even recruiting Tom’s passenger Wayne Rickards for the evening. The Cossar Snr/Rickards pairing put in several strong performances, including an impressive third-to-first heat win, demonstrating Andy’s excellent track craft. After such a strong showing, they headed into the Semi-Final repercharge with an 8-point-haul.
Steve Maitland and Terry Madley are also a crew well deserving of a mention. The former Left Hand sidecar racer and hugely experienced passenger looked fast from their opening race, where they led both Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters and Paul Whitelam/Alann Elliott for the first two laps of the race. Things would only get better for them later, when they disposed of Will Offen/Steve Hargreaves to gain their first win as a pairing. Offen/Hargreaves, though beaten from behind here, were in tremendous form and had scored enough points to join Cave/Steer and Cossar/Williams in the A
Final. Maitland/Madley, despite an excellent showing, narrowly missed out on the repercharge spot. It had
been that first heat that had made the difference. They tied with Whitelam/Elliott on points, but the defending champs were given the nod for the repercharge due to beating Maitland/Madley in that heat.
Perhaps not so much of a surprise performance came from another former Lefthand racing crew. Three times British champions Will Penfold and Ricky Pay had raised plenty of eyebrows with their stunning display in the first round at the Isle of Wight. Therefore, their consistent performances on this night did not come as much of a surprise, although they were mightily impressive. A win in their third ride, which included a sizeable collision with the boards, confirmed their placing in the repercharge.
In the winner-to-the-final repercharge, Andy Cossar/Wayne Rickards’ evening would end with misery. After such a fine outing, they lifted and veered into the in-field, ruining their race. More drama was to follow several seconds later. Will Penfold/Ricky Pay had narrowly taken the lead, with Mick Stace/Ryan Knowles and Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott giving chase at breathtakingly close proximity. As the three outfits charged up the back straight, the slightest of touches between Stace/Knowles and Penfold/Pay caused carnage for all three outfits. Stace/Knowles came off worst of the three, though Penfold/Pay span infield and overturned their machine.
So the rerun saw a depleted field, with Stace/Knowles excluded for the incident and Cossar/Rickards not allowed to join the rerun as they’d already stopped before the race was halted. Penfold/Pay made no mistakes in the rerun. They made a good start and comfortably led Whitelam/Elliott for four laps to take the last spot in the final.
In the final, Cossar/Williams once again rode their incredibly fast wide line to take the victory and claiming a five-race maximum. This put 16 points in the championship bank and moved them to the top of the championship table. Cave/Steer rode well to hold onto second, with Penfold/Pay third, despite suffering carburetion problems early in the race. Ironically, after Russell Mitchell had discussed his plans for fuel-injection development, fourth placed outfit Will Offen/Steve Hargreaves also ran into fuel-related problems as their machine went sick at this vital juncture.
With previous championship leaders Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott only scoring 7 points, the top of the championship looks very close, with just 10 points separating the top 5 crews now. It is all to play for at the third round, which is to be held at Leicester Speedway on Friday 19th July. This round was a true spectacle of sidecar speedway racing, and this year’s championship really has caught fire. The next round looks to be unmissable, with several absent outfits coming back for the third round.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND MAKE IT A DATE. FRIDAY JULY 14th…NEXT STOP SOMERSET

Photos ©Amanda Morrison

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A GREAT START FOR THE DEFENDING CHAMPION ON THE ISLAND

WHITELAM AND STAND-IN PASSENGER RICHARD WEBB TAKE THE TOP STEP IN ROUND 1

The Isle of Wight’s Smallbrook Stadium welcomed sidecars back to the venue for the first time in over a decade last weekend. The 2019 British Sidecar Speedway Championships commenced on the island, with the first of four rounds unfolding before the Isle of Wight crowd. A full night of dramatic action took place upon their return, with the drama and mayhem continuing right up to the very final lap of the evening.
Mick Cave and Bradley Steer’s excellent 11 points haul, which included three heat wins, was matched only by one other crew heading into the final. Defending champion Paul Whitelam, teaming with former British Lefthand Sidecar Champion Richard Webb, had also gone through the card with only one second place to their name. However, it was Cave/Steer who had dealt the blow to the reigning champ.
Former multi-British Champion Mark Cossar and passenger Sam Heath had had a highly turbulent trip to the final. After throwing a chain and smashing a fist-sized hole in the side of their Suzuki GSX-R engine, Mark and Sam had started their evening with a non-finish. After having to work hard to pass Will Penfold/Ricky Pay in their second heat, they were then beaten by Cave/Steer in their third ride and the winner-take-all repercharge loomed for Cossar/Heath. Despite dropping the heat to Cossar/Heath in their second ride, Penfold/Pay looked to have made a marked improvement. They held off Cossar/Heath for three and a half laps before losing their lead in the final corner, following a robust manoeuvre from Cossar/Heath.
Penfold/Pay added another heat win in their following heat before finishing second to Whitelam/Webb in their final ride. All of the front runners had beaten one another heading into the final stages of the meeting.
As well as Cossar’s miserable opening heat luck with his chain, younger brother Tom Cossar suffered problems of his own. He and passenger Wayne Rickards twice threw the chain from the outfit. In their first race, they had led until the problem. This was the maiden voyage of the brand new machine, and Cossar/Rickards did give a glimpse of what is to come.
In one of the most bizarre heats of the evening, experienced crew Nevill Penfold/Kevin Jones picked up the first of two wins. After early heat leaders Cossar/Heath shed their aforementioned chain, Penfold/Jones found themselves having to defend an inherited lead from Nev’s son Jack and passenger Kieron Ivy. On a heavily watered surface, Penfold Jnr and Ivy were unsighted by mud from the back wheel of the leaders, and spectacularly careered in-field. They narrowly avoided catastrophe as the outfit collided heavily with the kerb. Nevill Penfold/Kevin Jones were left in the lead, but more drama was not far away. Joe Mogg/Joe Smith, who’d been having chassis problems as early as practice, also pulled up. Penfold/Jones, now the only survivors began to slow up, wrongly assuming that the race was being brought to a halt. After several seconds of uncertainty, driver Penfold saw riders waving him on in the pits, and he completed the four laps, picking up three points in the slowest time of the night! To prove that they were worthy heat winners, they duly won their third ride comfortably, heading into the repercharge with two heat wins.
The all-important repercharge was a comparably straightforward affair. After such a torrid night, Mark Cossar/Sam Heath forgot his troubles by winning the race convincingly. Mick Stace/Ryan Knowles completed another fine night’s racing by claiming second, having won a heat earlier in the night. Nevill Penfold/Kev Jones completed an eventful night by claiming third in front of Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters.
With the meeting poised so nicely with uncertainty, the four riders for the final came onto the circuit. Very few were able to predict a winner…and this unpredictability continued until the final lap! Mick Cave/Bradley Steer made a terrific start and first bend and led the chasing pack. Paul Whitelam/Richard Webb were made to work overtime to keep Mark Cossar/Sam Heath at bay and defend their second. But entering bend 4 on lap 3, the unthinkable would befall the leader. Cave/Steer’s outfit span sideways violently. Despite the best efforts of both driver and passenger, they couldn’t keep the machine from heading in-field and they saw their victory snatched cruelly from their grasp. Paul Whitelam/Richard Webb inherited the lead and completed the final lap, picking up a victory in the opening round of Whitelam’s defending season. Cossar/Heath typically still finished second despite such a disastrous night, such is the capability and calibre of Cossar. Team 22’s Will Penfold/Ricky Pay finished with a best ever performance of third aboard their brand new Holder R1 speedway outfit.
A fine night’s racing once again from the sidecars with more questions being posed than answers being found. There is no doubt that several crews have upped their game considerably for 2019, and the sport has never looked so competitive. The next round takes place in less than a month at Somerset Speedway.

 

The date for your diary is Friday 28th June. Expect even more high speed thrills and spills from the spectacular sidecars in the West Country at the end of the month.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND MAKE IT A DATE. FRIDAY JUNE 28th…NEXT STOP SOMERSET

Photos ©Amanda Morrison

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Results

THE SIDECARS SET SAIL FOR THE ACU BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1

SIDECARS ARE HEADING FOR THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Championships A Class Line-up
Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott
Mark Cossar/Sam Heath
Mick Cave/Bradley Steer
Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters
Matt Fumarola/Gareth Williams
Kevin Lapham/Coran Allen
Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemister
Will Penfold/Ricky Pay
Mick Stace/Ryan Knowles
Will Offen /Stephen Hargreaves
Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards
Clint Blondel/Kevin Bennett
Philip Wynn/Adam Cowper Smith
Jack Penfold/Kizz Ivy
Nevill Penfold/Kev Jones
Joe Mogg/Joe Smith

B Class Support Line-up
Andy Cossar/ A N Other
Ian Lee Amies/Kieran Robb
Steve Maitland/Terry Madley

THE SIDECARS ARE COMING TO THE ISLAND
The breathtaking 1000cc methanol-guzzling sidecars are heading to the Isle of Wight next Saturday Night (June 1st) for the opening round of the ACU British Sidecar Speedway Championships. The UK’s top sixteen crews will be locking horns at Smallbrook Stadium, the home of the Wightlink Warriors speedway team.
Sidecar Speedway GB organised five championship rounds last season as well as a very successful team event. On every occasion the fans and riders left the stadium with the adrenaline flowing after 20+ heats of fairing-rubbing racing. The sight and sounds of four 1000cc multi-cylinder 170bhp ‘monsters’ screaming into the first bend is one of the most breathtaking sights in sport. Feel the suspense and the tension rise as the machines roll-up to the tapes. The start marshal is ready, the driver focused on the tape and the passenger hangs on tightly waiting for launch. The starter walks away, the decibels reach the maximum and in a flick of a switch the race is on, more action in 60 seconds than an entire F1 GP.
Reigning British Champions Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott will begin their defence of their title facing some tough opposition. These include ex-champions and last season’s runners-up Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth. Both very experienced crews as are Mick Cave/Bradley Steer and Will Penfold/Ricky Pay. All these riders have raced against the best in the world in Australia, the spiritual home of Sidecar Speedway. All turned down invites to compete in this year’s World Cup in order to concentrate on preparation for racing in the UK in 2019.
The crews warmed up for the season at the 'Season Opener' in Leicester. After 22 heats of thrilling, fairing-rubbing, edge of the seat racing, 2017 champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth took a well deserved win. Not such a great night for the defended champions as Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott blew an engine early on, but if you are going to suffer gremlins then better to do it at warm up event rather than drop championship points.
Sidecar GB had an awesome year in 2018 and with some of the newer less experienced crews getting quicker on the shale meeting by meeting it looks like 2019 is going to be a cracker.

The date for your diary is Saturday June 1st, the venue Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The action begins at 7pm and it's a great night for all the family. 20+ action-packed races for the bargain price of £10 for Adults, Under 16's FREE!
3-wheels...2 riders...1 aim...to win! Come and support the sidecars!

THE 2019 GETS OFF TO A GREAT START IN THE LIONS LAIR

COSSAR/BLYTH TAKE VICTORY IN THE OPENER

Sidecar speedway for 2019 got off to a bang last weekend as the roaring 1000cc outfits came to the tapes for the first time. It was a night of ups and downs for many of the crews with plenty of ‘shake-ups’ taking place, but eventually the cream appeared to rise to the top as former multi-British champions Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth took an emphatic victory aboard their brand new Suzuki GSX-R outfit. It was far from plain-sailing for the Cossar outfit, however, as the Rugby racer experienced a turbulent night from race number one.
Cossar and Blyth headed into a tight turn one in Heat One only to find themselves oversteering and facing backwards. There had definitely been contact between Cossar/Blyth and Will Offen/Steven Hargreaves, but the referee made the decision to exclude the pre-meeting favourites.
To make matters worse, Mark’s father, Andy Cossar and his passenger Jake Fumarola were involved in a nasty looking accident in Heat Two. Cossar Snr suffered concussion in the incident and was taking to the medical facility for further observation. Not an ideal start to the evening for the Cossar family. Tom Cossar (the youngest of the Cossar brothers) could only manage a lacklustre third in the heat which followed his father’s accident. The night had made a turbulent start but was about to get much better for the Cossar brothers.
Meanwhile, reigning British champions Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott were having a torrid time of their own. They had blown an engine at a training day three weeks prior to this event. After looking very quick in practice, ominous plumes of smoke started billowing from the newly fitted R1 Yamaha engine and the motor came to a grinding halt on lap 3 of their opening ride whilst holding 2nd. The night was over for the defending champions.
Leading them at this point, however, was Mick Cave/Bradley Steer. Their evening got off to a flying start and only faltered later in the night when a determined Cossar/Blyth crew gave Cave/Steer their only defeat of the qualifying heats.
Matthew Fumarola/Gareth Williams looked in tremendous form, winning two out of their first three rides. Sadly however, their night would end here as a serious fuel leak was discovered on the outfit, putting a stop to their meeting. They’d already accumulated 8 points and were well on their way to the final at this point. There’s clearly more to come from this crew.
The night threw up eight different heat winners, such was the openness of the racing. Guernsey racers Clint Blondel/Kev Bennett notched an impressive win in their opening ride, although the incident involving Andy Cossar/Jake Fumarola and Joe Mogg/Ryan Barker meant that the heat was awarded.
Simon Heal/Rowland Broomfield, riding their Ducker R1 Crossplane outfit for the first time, expected to be competing in the reserve races but found themselves in the main event by the second set of heats. They started their evening with a win in a fantastic race with fellow ‘B Class’ competitors Billy Winterburn/Ryan Wharton. Both crews were entered into the main event but it was Heal/Broomfield who really shone, taking a good win in their final race of the evening.
Other heat winners included Will Penfold/Ricky Pay, who won their first heat aboard their brand new Mark-One Crossplane outfit. Nevill Penfold/Kev Jones, whose machine also has spent plenty of time in the Mark-One workshop also took a win in their opening ride.
Perhaps the crew who will have been most pleased with the evening’s racing was Mick Stace and Ryan Knowles. Knowles, who was competing in his very first race meeting, crewed Stace to two wins and two second places; enough to see the newly formed pairing safely into the final as second-highest point scorers behind Cave/Steer.
Fortunes had improved somewhat for the Cossar crews since their tempestuous opening rides. Mark and Carl Blyth had made amends by storming to three perfect victories, each smashing the fastest time of the night by a good three seconds…the writing appeared to be on the wall. Similarly, Tom and Wayne Rickards had won two out of their three heats, only finishing second to highest scorers Cave/Steer.
Three wins was just enough to put Cossar the elder (and Blyth) into the Final. Equal on points, but with less victories, Cossar the younger (and Rickards) would need to combat in the winner-through-to-final repercharge. Fumarola/Williams had made enough of an impression in their three rides to claim a spot in the repercharge as well, but their stricken machine was in no state for competition. They would sit this one out, allowing Nev Penfold/Kev Jones into the all-important heat. Returnee to three-wheeled racing Kev Lapham, passengered by Coran Allen, had ridden well all evening and tied on points with Penfold/Jones, but Penfold’s heat win was enough to confirm his spot.
In the race, Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards rode brilliantly on their R1 Crossplane powered Grasstrack outfit. Nev Penfold/Kev Jones rode a tidy inside line to dispose of Will Penfold/Ricky Pay to claim second.
In the final, it was a case of business as usual for Cossar/Blyth. They hit the front on the first turn and never looked back, though it was notable that Cave/Steer in second did appear to match them for race pace, particularly later in the race. A fine result for Cossar/Blyth after such a worrying start was made all the more pleasing as younger brother Tom and his passenger Wayne Rickards slotted into the final rostrum spot and claimed third. After a solid evening, Mick Stace/Ryan Knowles were also not too far from the third place spot and capped off an impressive evening with a ride in the final.
Sidecar speedway GB is very much off and running for 2019. Plenty of surprises, trials and tribulations took place at Leicester. And with the return of Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters in the future, things could get even more interesting in the future. The next event will take place on the Isle of Wight (a past stronghold of sidecar speedway racing) on Saturday 1st June. Judging by the level of open competition seen at this event, sidecar speedway is heading towards being unmissable viewing once again.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND MAKE IT A DATE. SATURDAY JUNE 1ST…NEXT STOP THE ISLE OF WIGHT.

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ENTRIES FLOOD IN FOR THE SEASON OPENER AT LEICESTER

RIDERS CONFIRMED SO FAR!

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The entries are coming in thick and fast for the "Season Opener" which is being held at Leicester Speedway on Saturday 13th April. 20+ crews have already signed up for this event and if this is the taste of things to come for 2019, then we are all in for a fantastic season ahead.

 

The ACU Events backed series is growing year by year and off-season the interest has increased beyond belief. Teams were invited to ACU house for a open forum last month to discuss ideas for the coming season. Championship conditions are currently being looked over and they will be going out to crews as soon as they have been finalised.

But right now we need to concentrate on getting the season underway.

The leaflets are out and a programme advert was placed in last weekend's big Ben Fund Meeting programme.

A spokesman from the organiser's stated "We've had a couple of fantastic seasons now. Both the fans and riders have really got behind the series and we can't wait for the tapes to go up on the new 2019 season".

The tapes go up in less than two weeks time. The date Saturday April 13th with practice at 6.30pm. Riders Parade at 7.15pm with the tapes up 7.30pm. And with prices held at only £10 with under 16's going free it's a bargain for all the family.

So make it a date, prepare for the 1000cc Sidecars....they're getting ready to rumble!

Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott
Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth
Mick Cave/Bradley Steer
Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards
Will Penfold/Ricky Pay
Mick Stace/Ryan Knowles
Billy Winterburn/Ryan Wharton
Phillip Wynn/Adam Cowper-Smith
Joe Mogg/Joe Smith
Jim Penfold/
Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemester
Clint Blondell/Kev Bennett
Andy Cossar/Jake Fumerola
Matt Fumerola/Gaz Williams
Simon Heal/Rowland Broomfield
Steve Maitland/Mark Hopkins
Jack Penfold/Kizz Ivy
Will Offen/Josh Russell
Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg
Kev Lapham/Coran Allen
Nevill Penfold/Kev Jones

plans for "The Season Opener" are underway

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Plans are underway for "The Season Opener" which takes place at Leicester Speedway on Saturday April 13th at 7.30pm / Practice at 6.30pm
Crews who want to race are asked to contact Tracey at ACU HQ in Rugby asap for regs. Time to blow those winter cobwebs away! It's going to be a great season!

brits choose to stay at home to prepare for the new season

British Team Sidecar Speedway World Cup 2018

British crews will be absent from this year’s FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup which takes place at Gillman Speedway in Australia on April 6th. Last season four top British Crews travelled the 10,000 miles to battle it out with crews from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. But all have declined the offer in 2019, most quoting cost as their main reason not to travel.
Current British Champion Paul Whitelam stated “I’ve made the journey for the past three seasons, but with only one event being offered and without start or guaranteed prize money I could not warrant the expenditure this year. Hopefully the World Cup will be run closer to home in the near future, Belle Vue would be a great venue”.  
Former British Champion Mark Cossar also spoke of his wish for the event to come closer to home. “I’m gutted to have to turn my place in Australia down, but we have done the trip over there so many times over the past six years. If the championship is to work the FIM has to run it in Europe again”.
Mick Cave whom has made the journey to Australia seventeen times in recent years commented “I already have a bike in Oz but both myself and passenger Bradley Steer are unable to commit time. To stand any chance to mix it with the best in the world you need a couple of months racing to get yourself prepared. My business is busy right now so a two month break is out of the question”.
Without any crews in Oz, Sidecar Speedway GB which is supported by ACU Events can concentrate on getting it’s own season underway. The reigning champions Paul Whitelam and passenger Alan Elliott are both looking forward for the upcoming season. Whitelam remarked “Alan and I are looking forward to the challenge of defending our crown in 2019. We plan to attack it the same as last season, banking the points and doing as many events as possible. It should be a great year for sidecar speedway, some good tracks and an increase in rider numbers”.
Former British Champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth preparations are on hold at present as Cossar is in the process of building four new outfits for a mixture of new and current teams.
So it looks like another exciting season on the shale is just around the corner. And the first date to put in your diary is Saturday April 13th, the venue the Paul Chapman and Sons Arena, the home of the Leicester Lions. The meeting will be an open meeting and not part of the British Championships. Details will be available soon so keep an eye on both the website and our Facebook page for the latest news.
Sidecar Speedway UK would also like to thank Teng Tools for their sponsorship in 2018. A total of £1000 worth of tools vouchers has been split across top three in last seasons British Championships.