Congratulations

Paul Whitelam / Alan Elliott

13/11/2018

After the cancellation of the final round of the ACU Events backed British Sidecar Speedway Championships we would like to congratulate Paul Whitelam and Alan Elliott on their championship victory.

 

With the required three rounds already run they took the title with 43 points, beating the defending champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth by a slender two points. Mick Cave/Bradley Steer complete the Championship rostrum in third place with 34 points.

A spokesman for ACU Events stated “Despite the disappointing end to the season it has been a fabulous year for Sidecar Speedway GB. All our events including the Team Challenge and Somerset Spectacular have provided us with so much entertainment. The popularity of the 1000cc Sidecars on the shale has grown year by year and we are delighted to be able to announce that ACU events will continue to support British Sidecar Speedway in 2019.”
Sidecar Speedway GB would also like to thank Teng Tools and all the race sponsors that have supported the series over the year. A Teng Tools voucher for £500 will go to the winner of the series with £300 and £200 vouchers going to the second and third.
 

THOSE WEATHER GODS PILE MORE MISERY ON THE FINALE

Fans, Riders and organisers were left disappointed once again after the weather gods played havoc by dumping bucket loads of rain on the Paul Chapman and Sons Arena in Leicester. Organisers arrived at the stadium at 3pm and with the rain still coming down and large puddles appearing on the racing surface, track staff declared that the meeting was off.

This is the 2nd time the meeting has been cancelled, the original Belle Vue date was also a victim of the weather a fortnight ago. Leicester offered their facility and everyone involved in the series organisation, Leicester speedway and the riders have been working hard making and changing plans to be able to accommodate the new date.

A spokesman from the organisers stated "We're gutted! We've been keeping an eye on the weather apps all week and everyone pointed to a cold and cloudy day and evening, but definately not rain".

People have been asking about a further restaging of this prestigious meeting but after suffering two lots of financial loss and with winter fast approaching this has got to be a big ask. But a final decision will be made early this coming week.

Sorry once again to all those that had travelled, people were coming from all over the UK to witness what is fast becoming a well supported championship. Further news will follow this coming week so keep an eye on the website and our Facebook page for an update

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FINAL RESCHEDULED FOR LEICESTER THIS WEEKEND

With so many Sidecar Speedway fans and riders disappointed with the cancellation of tomorrow's planned meeting at Belle Vue, we have some great news.
We have managed to secure a deal with Leicester to run the meeting on Saturday, October 27th...tapes up 7.30pm
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RIDERS LIST

1. Mick Cave/Bradley Steer

2. Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott

3. Matt Fumarola/Gaz Williams

4. Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards

5. Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth

6. Mick Stace/Ryan Barker

7. Will Offen/Josh Russell

8. Joe Mogg/Joe Smith

9. Neville Penfold/Kev Jones

10. Clint Blondel/Chris Wall

11. Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemister

12. Will Penfold/Ricky Pay

13. Philip Wynn/Adam Cowper-Smith

14. Jack Penfold/Kizz Ivy

15. Kevin Lapham/Coran Allen

16. Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg

 

500cc Sidecars

James Hogg/Scott Goodwin

Mitch Godden/Cameron Godden

Dave Carvill/Mark Hopkins

BELLE VUE EVENT CANCELLED

ACU STATEMENT

With prolonged rain forecast for the forthcoming  Friday and Saturday the decision has been made to cancel the final round  of the ACU British Sidecar Speedway Championship event  that had been scheduled to take place at Belle Vue  this weekend.
ACU Events Chairman, Brian Higgins commented, “The weather forecast is dismal for Saturday and as it is the final round we most certainly would want to end the season on a high note.
 We appreciate that the circuit owners at Belle Vue have offered to do as much as possible but have conceded that with any rain falling on Saturday it would be very difficult to ensure a track surface of a suitable standard to reflect the status of the competition.      
With competitors, fans and supporters  travelling from far afield the last thing we would wish to do is cancel on Saturday evening so I believe the correct call has been made today”
Anyone who has purchased advanced tickets for Belle Vue should contact the ACU with regards to a refund.
ACU Events are currently looking at options of restaging the events in the coming weeks or at an alternative venue.


 

THE SIDECARS ARE BELLE VUE BOUND FOR THE FINALE

The 1000cc methanol-guzzling Sidecars head to Manchester next Saturday (October 13th), to Belle Vue, the home of the Aces. The National Speedway Stadium will host the fourth and final round of the 2018 British Sidecar Speedway Championships. And if the other three rounds are anything to go by Speedway fans will be in for an evening of thrilling, fairing-rubbing, edge of the seat racing.
This week everyone in the speedway world is talking about the final round of the Speedway GP in Torun with Tai Woffinden and Bartosz Zmarzlik going head-to-head with Woffinden as favourite to lift the crown, holding a ten point advantage. Next week it’s all about the sidecars where Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott and current champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth head north separated by just three points, advantage Team Whitelam. With the added twist of the rules where each team is able to drop their worst point scoring round this may play into the hands of Team Cossar. They had a bad night in the office at the first round at Leicester where the gremlins struck back in May.
But when the tapes rise both teams will be going for the win…anything less that that may hand the prestigious title to the other.
The only crew still with a mathematical chance of standing on top of the championship podium is Mick Cave/Bradley Steer. Nine points shy of the top slot but as always they will be giving 100%.
Back after missing out in King’s Lynn is Rod Winterburn/Billy Winterburn former Grasstrack 1000cc sidecars Masters Champions and equally at home on the shale. Currently on 22 points along with Will Often/ Josh Russell with the crews of Mick Stace/Roddy Stirling and Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters just a point shy. Four crews within just two points, proof of how competitive this year’s championship has been throughout.
Sixteen crews line-up in the main event with two crews tied for that last slot so fifteen crews have gone into the draw with Kev Lapham/Coran and George Penfold/Ryan Barker heading for a match race after practice, the winner going into the main event.
The other will go into the Reserves Rumble to make up an evening consisting of over 20 heats of sidecar speedway action.
20+ heats of thrilling 1000cc-180bhp-no brakes action for only £10 for adults with accompanied under 16’s going FREE it’s a great night for all the family.
Practice begins at 6pm with the tapes up at 7pm prepare to be entertained.

RIDERS LIST
1.    Mick Cave/Bradley Steer
2.    Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott
3.    Matt Fumarola/Gaz Williams
4.    Rod Winterburn/Billy Winterburn
5.    Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth
6.    Mick Stace/Roddy Stirling
7.    Will Offen/Josh Russell
8.    Joe Mogg/Jake Cutler
9.    Neville Penfold/Kev Jones
10.    Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards
11.    Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemister
12.    Will Penfold/Ricky Pay
13.    Philip Wynn/Adam Cowper-Smith
14.    Jack Penfold/Kizz Ivy
15.    Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters

Run off for main event
Kevin Lapham/Coran Allen
George Penfold/Ryan Barker

Reserves Rumble
Clint Blondel/Chris Wall
Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg

TEAM COSSAR TAKE VICTORY IN THE FOUR-TEAM CHALLENGE

Even a downpour prior to the first heat was not enough to dampen the spirits of the sidecar speedway fraternity last night at Leicester, as they produced a night of excellent 1000cc sidecar racing which just got better and better. After the rain had stopped, the circuit was left to settle itself and racing just got faster and closer, with the quickest time of the night being recorded in the final heat of the event.

And as the four teams, led by team captains Mark Cossar, Mick Cave, Paul Whitelam and Rob Wilson, entered the final heat, three of the four teams were still able to clinch the first ever Team Challenge trophy.

In the heats, Mark Cossar and passenger Carl Blyth were in sensational form. They won all of their three heats convincingly on the lead up to the final, with brother Tom and passenger Mark Hopkins packing plenty of points on the board too with three seconds and a fine win in their final ride- impressive considering it was Tom’s R1 crossplane Grasstrack outfit’s debut on the shale. Will Offen/Josh Russell had plenty of speed and put it two solid rides to claim second place, but drama struck in their final ride when they touched the tapes. This set up the last heat decider.

Mick Cave and Bradley Reynolds led their team to the final showdown well, winning two out of their three heats before the final race. Consistent scoring from the other members of Team Cavey put them in contention going into the final race, with Will Penfold/Carl Pugh having some dogged, determined rides throughout.

Paul Whitelam, partnered by Robbie Simmons for the first time, had ridden well in their opening two rides, winning comfortably, before finishing third in their third heat. Luckily for Team Whitelam, Matthew Fumarola/Gareth Williams were packing in points themselves, winning their opening race and leading home rival team captain Mick Cave, and finishing second in their final two rides. Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg got quicker on their new machinery as the night progessed, scoring an excellent victory in their final race to put Team Whitelam well into contention going into the final heat.

Team Wilson, led by Rob Wilson and Terry Saunters suffered some sore luck. Captain Wilson and passenger Saunters rode remarkably, claiming three wins out of three going into the final heat decided. But his team was racked with bad luck and problems. Mick Stace and Roddy Stirling had mysterious machine trouble from the very first heat. They failed to ride in their opening heat. They did, however, get the machine going later in the evening and took a fantastic win in their final ride- but it was all too late by this stage. Equally unfortunate was newcomers Jack Penfold and Kieron Ivy. They looked the quickest that they’ve looked all season, and won a tremendous Heat 15, overcoming Paul Whitelam/Robbie Simmons and Will Offen/Josh Russell in a fantastic, action packed race. Sadly, Penfold/Ivy came to a grinding halt whilst leading in their final ride, their kill-switch cord had dropped out killing the engine. Stef Blyth/Sam Fumarola, who were following them in close proximity, narrowly avoided catastrophe, catching the fairing of Penfold/Ivy before managing to negotiate their way past the stricken outfit. But perhaps the most unfortunate of all of Team Wilson was George Penfold/Ryan Barker. They have been in superb form on the Grass this season, but seem to have hit rotten luck in the last few weeks, having blown their R1 Crossplane up at the Poacher. And last night, lady luck continued to abandon them, with three out of four of the races seeing Penfold/Barker trying desperately to push the machine to get it going. Poor luck for Team Wilson saw them out of contention going into the final heat showdown. All three crews showed great potential when their machinery wasn’t letting them down- but that’s racing.

And so to the final heat decider- Narrowly leading was Team Whitelam. After a strong last leg, which saw a win for Harvey/Hogg, they led on 25 points, with Team Cossar on 24. Still with an outside chance, Team Cave sat on 22 points and would need a lot of stars to align to take the victory, but on such an unpredictable night, anything seemed feasible.

In the race itself, Cossar/Blyth were simply sublime. They led from start to finish. Cave/Reynolds had to muscle their way through a tight first turn to get into second place and held Wilson/Saunters at bay for four of the fastest laps seen all night. A victory for Cossar/Blyth, and a fourth for Whitelam/Simmons meant that Team Cossar were victorious in the inaugural Sidecar Speedway Team Challenge.

A fascinating format of racing, even teams and a circuit which got better and better as the night went on led to a fabulous evening’s entertainment for the Leicester crowd. The next time to sidecar speedway circus heads to the track will be at Belle Vue’s magnificent National Speedway Stadium in Manchester on Saturday 13th October for the final round of the British Sidecar Speedway Championships 2018.

TEAM COSSAR TAKE VICTORY IN A CLOSELY RUN TEAM CHALLENGE

Sidecar Speedway GB would like to thank the riders, the management and staff at Leicester Speedway but most of all THE FANS THAT STUCK TWO FINGERS UP AT THE WEATHER FORECAST!
A brief shower at tapes up but then a dry 20 heats of fast, exciting, shale throwing, fairing scapping action!
CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM COSSAR ON YOUR VICTORY, Team Captain Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth taking the win in a last heat decider which snatched victory away from Team Whitelam.

Team Cossar 27pts
Team Whitelam 25pts
Team Cave 24pts
Team Wilson 20pts

THANKS ONCE AGAIN...

SEE YOU ALL AT BELLE VUE OCTOBER 13th for the British Championship Final!

MORE TO FOLLOW.........

THE SIDECARS PREPARE TO ROAR IN THE LIONS DEN-

THE SIDECAR SPEEDWAY GB

TEAM CHALLENGE

Tuesday 4th September

The breathtaking 1000cc sidecar speedway crews return to shale at the Paul Chapman Arena, the home of the Leicester Lions, next Saturday (September 8th). With the last round of the British Championships back in July and the Final still over a month away, both the riders and fans were desperate to see these 170bhp monsters back on the shale. So Sidecar Speedway GB have arranged a return to the scene of what was a nail-biting opening round back in May, but this time the meeting is a team event rather than the regular championship format.

The Team Challenge involves four-teams, each captained by a front-runner in this season’s championships. Team Cossar led by current British Champion Mark Cossar will go head-to-head with Team Whitelam and Team Cave, led by World Cup Finalists Paul Whitelam and Mick Cave. And the final team, Team Wilson will be led by twice British Masters champion, the well respected Rob Wilson. 

Each captain will choose four riders plus a reserve to represent their team in what should prove a very competitive 20+ heats of wheel-to-wheel, fairing scraping action. 

If you’ve never seen seen sidecar speedway then make sure you add this to your diary. 1000cc, 170bhp with No Brakes…yes you did read that correctly, just as with the solos these one-litre, methanol-guzzling, shale-shifting beasts have no brakes…madness you may think, but ask any sidecar driver and most will say that brakes are dangerous. And if you think the passenger is just there to look pretty, nothing could be further than the truth. Those brave gladiators who put there trust in the guy twisting the throttle, are equally as important when it comes to steering the bike and getting the correct amount of grip. It really is a sport in which the best partnerships are the cream of an already talented group, some whom have ridden together for many seasons.

The action starts at 6.30pm with practice followed by the riders parade at 7.15pm. Tapes go up at 7.30pm and you get your first taste of one of the most exciting sights in motorsports. Four highly-tuned, screaming multi-cylindered chariots with their modern day charioteers charge into that first-bend, all wanting that best line to give them early race advantage. Someone wins that battle, then it’s up to them to keep ahead as the chasing pack stalk their prey looking for the slightest mistake or the smallest gap to appear. Four high-pressured laps with riders looking both inside and outside, searching for that extra point. 

This really is an evening not to be missed, 20 races only £10 for adults and free for under 16’s it really is great entertainment for all the family.

TEAMS LINE UP

 TEAM WHITELAM (RED)  

Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott

Matt Fumerola/Gaz Williams

Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg

Stef Blyth/Sam Fumerola

 

 TEAM COSSAR (BLUE) 

Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth

Will Offen/Josh Russell

Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards

Joe Mogg/Jake Cutler

 

 TEAM CAVEY (WHITE) 

Mick Cave/Bradley Steer

Will Penfold/Ryan Wharton

Nevill Penfold/Kev Jones

Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemister

 

 TEAM WILSON (YELLOW/BLACK) 

Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters

Mick Stace/Roddy Stirling

Jack Penfold/Kizz Ivy

George Penfold/Ryan Barker

 

RESERVE BLAST

Clint Blondel/Kev Bennett

Kevin Lapham/James Laurie

Phillip Wynn/Adam Cowper-Smith

THE TEAMS HEAD BACK TO LEICESTER FOR THE TEAM CHALLENGE

Team

CAVEY

Sunday August 26th 2018

With the last round in King's Lynn and the Final in Belle Vue being nearly three months apart it became clear that the fans and crews have been missing the monster 1000cc sidecars on the shale. The search began for a venue and after such a fantastic opening British Championship at Leicester, a deal was struck and we are delighted to announce that the crews will return to the Beaumont Sports Complex on Saturday September 8th. 

This time we have an exciting twist...a 4-Team Tournament with team captain's Mick Cave, Mark Cossar, Rob Wilson and Paul Whitelam creating their own teams to do battle on the 300m Midlands circuit.

The format has still to be decided but as soon as we have completed the line-up each team will be asked to pick one crew at a time until their team is complete.

Crews who have confirmed so far are:

  • Mick Cave/Bradley Steer

  • Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth

  • Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott

  • Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards
  • George Penfold/Ryan Barker

  • Will Offen/Josh Russell

  • Clint Blondel/Kev Bennett

  • Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters

  • Will Penfold/Ryan Wharton

  • Mick Stace/Roddy Stirling

  • Shaun Harvey/Danny Hogg

  • Matt Fumerola/Gaz Williams

  • Joe Mogg/Jake Cutler

  • Neville Penfold/Kev Jones

  • Kevin Lapham/James Laurie

  • Phillip Wynn/Adam Cowper-Smith

  • Stef Blyth/Sam Fumerola

  • Jack Penfold/Kizz Ivy

  • Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemister

COSSAR CRUISES TO KINGS LYNN WIN

Sunday July 22nd 2018

Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth regained their dominance of the British Sidecar Speedway scene last Saturday evening, with a dominant performance at Kings Lynn’s Saddlebow Road circuit. Closest to them in the heats and current second placed crew in the series, Paul Whitelam and Alan Elliott looked in excellent form too, but couldn’t match the pace of Cossar/Blyth when the two crews met. And Yorkshire father and son crew, Rod Winterburn and Billy Winterburn, threw up a surprise against odds in a hard fought ride in the final.
Cossar/Blyth’s four wins out of four could only be matched by Whitelam/Elliott going into the 3rd leg of rides. Whitelam/Elliott managed to give Cossar/Blyth plenty to think about in the early parts of the race, using every inch of the circuit to keep up as much speed as possible. The Winterburns had also put in several good rides. They won their final two heats after being headed by Whitelam/Elliott and Cossar/Blyth in their opening two rides.
Such was the openness of the event, nine different crews tasted victory over the course of the evening. Perhaps the most surprising package came in the form of Jack Penfold and passenger Kizz Ivy. The pairing have embarked in their first season as a crew on the speedway, and Jack’s first season competing. After looking fast during practice laps at the opening round in Leicester, they entered the meeting proper in Somerset for the second round, but suffered some bad luck. However, this time around the newest Penfold on the scene began to show his potential. His evening opened with a victory of sorts, beating his father Nevill in their opening heat. After this, Jack and Kizz never fell out of the top two, taking their first heat win in an excellent performance in Heat 8. Sadly, a dream final spot couldn’t be realised as disaster struck in the winner-take-all repercharge. After getting into a decent position, they collided with Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters exiting the fourth bend. Kizz was dumped from the outfit and the promising pairing were excluded from the results (which stood after ¾ race distance). Repercharge aside, they must be delighted with how well their evening went, and how promising they are as a new crew.
In the Repercharge, it was experienced Sidecar speedway specialist Mick Cave and Bradley Reynolds who led from start to finish. After a tough Heat One, where they’d finished third, it would have taken three straight wins to get them into the final. They managed two, but a determined ride from Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters in their fourth ride saw them finish second, and they would need the repercharge to get into the final, and avoid the knock-out scenario of the repercharge. In contrast, Wilson/Saunters needed the win to get themselves into the repercharge. They’d suffered a no finish in an earlier heat when they’d become locked together with Simon Beaney/Gareth Bemister in the first bend. Will Penfold, partnered this time around by Ryan Wharton, rode well all evening to collect enough points to see them into the repercharge. The race ended with Cave/Steer as clear winners, albeit over 3 laps. No injuries were sustained for Kizz Ivy, and this exciting crew move onto the final round in Belle Vue brimming with hope and ambition.
The all-important final saw a nasty looking tumble in the first corner. The four crews bunched together heading into the bend, and the Winterburn outfit collided with Whitelam/Elliott in such a way that it upset the outfit, turning it over. The outfit had sustained some minor damage and the Winterburns were forced to take part in the re-run aboard a borrowed machine; Rob Wilson stepping forward to lend the Winterburn’s his outfit.
In the re-run, Cossar and Blyth wasted little time getting themselves to the front and developed a gap between themselves and the chasing pack. Whitelam/Elliott once again began to campaign the super-fast wide line that they’d been using through the heats, whilst the Winterburns adopted a fast tight line, getting used to the unfamiliar equipment remarkably quickly. In truth, nobody could stop Cossar/Blyth, but the race for second was highly entertaining. The Winterburn crew performed a brilliant ride, catching up and passing Whitelam/Elliott for a well-earned second place.
It was yet another excellent evening of sidecar speedway, with unpredictable results, overtaking manoeuvres and immense speed seen throughout. There is now time between this round and the final round at Belle Vue’s superb National Speedway Stadium in Manchester. Going into the final round, it looks like being a two-horse race as just one point separates Britain’s best two sidecar crews at present: Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth and Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott. Who will be crowned Britain’s Champion for 2018? Judging on the action seen so far in this series, the final is a ‘not to be missed’ occasion for sure.
 

THE SIDECAR SPEEDWAY BOYS HEAD TO NORFOLK AND THE HOME OF THE STARS

Tuesday July 10th 2018

This Saturday (July 14th) King’s Lynn Speedway hosts the 3rd round of British Sidecar Speedway Championships at Saddlebow Road, home of the King’s Lynn Stars.

Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott lead the way, with a six point advantage over last year’s British Champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth and Mick Cave/Bradley Steer.
Whitelam/Elliott will be hoping to carry forward the form that won them the Somerset Sidecar Spectacular International last month. On the same note Team Cossar and Team Cave will want to forget that night. A costly night for both teams who blew engines and had to retire from the meeting. But with no British Championship points at stake at Somerset, Whitelam/Elliott are still well within range and an exciting night is on the cards for the Norfolk track on Saturday.
Rod Winterburn/Billy Winterburn are back after missing the last round and Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters are getting quicker now they are familiar with their new outfit. A podium at the Somerset International will no doubt boost their confidence. Mick Stace is much happier now he has sorted a regular speedway passenger with Roddy Stirling and again a good result at Somerset proved how important a good bond between driver and passenger is essential in this sport.
Tom Cossar/Wayne Rickards will want to transfer some of their grasstrack form onto the speedway circuit. Neville Penfold/Kev Jones who had a nasty looking crash in practice last time out is back. They had a tremendous third place in round 2 and can’t wait to get back on track and get back to winning ways.
Clint Blondell is heading over from Guernsey and Will Penfold has Ryan Wharton as passenger to replace the injured Ricky Pay.
It’s a massive night for all as points from only two rounds carry through to final. So if teams have missed a round or had a ‘bad night in the office’ it’s a chance to make up with a improved score so you can drop your lowest. The Belle Vue Final is being held on Saturday 13th October that’s a fixture not to be missed.
So we have 18 outfits all lined-up and ready to go. That’s over 20 races of fairing scraping sidecar speedway action for only £10 adults with under 16’s free.

SEE YOU ALL AT SADDLEBOW ROAD…7pm Start

PAUL WHITELAM/ALAN ELLIOTT TAKE THE SPOILS AT THE SOMERSET SIDECAR SPECTACULAR

Sunday July 1st 2018

The 1000cc sidecars made their second visit to Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena last Friday night, in what was billed as ‘International Sidecar Speedway’, including former World Champions Mick Headland and Brenton Kerr. Although the night was fraught with some high profile break-downs, some excellent sidecar speedway racing was still served up. The final two races of the evening certainly lived up to the meeting title, rounding the evening off with two spectacular races.
The semi-final repercharge (an import from sidecar racing Down Under) has proved very popular, with only the winner progressing to the final. As the tapes went up, it was multi-British Lefthand Champ Will Penfold, partnered by multi-British champ Liam Brown for the first time, who led from the tapes. They came under pressure early on from perhaps the surprise package of the night; Andy Cossar and Wayne Rickards. With youngest son Tom unavailable and eldest son Mark suffering terminal engine failure early in the meeting, it was up to father Andy to represent the Cossar fraternity. He did an excellent job, winning two heats and always being at the pointy end of the action. As the race progressed, however, Mick Stace/Roddy Stirling, who had been sitting in 3rd, gathered pace progressively. They disposed of Cossar/ Rickards before setting their sights on Penfold/Pay. Entering the 4th lap they managed to take the lead and pulled a gap over the rest of the outfits. Try as they might, including a heavy connection with the Somerset boards, Penfold/Brown couldn’t make up ground on Stace/Stirling. An excellent ride from the back to seal their place in the all-important A Final.
As well as Headland/Kerr, the other rider billed as ‘international’ was long-retired Kenny Hammill. The diminutive Cornishman was a top Grasstrack rider in the late nineties and early noughties, twice reaching the top six in the British Masters. Nowadays, Hammill resides in New Zealand and has recently returned to sidecar racing against the Kiwis. It was fantastic to see Hammill back, and paired with his former passenger from his early days, Jason Barry. And they duly won their opening ride in excellent style, beating eventual winners Paul Whitelam and Alan Elliott convincingly. Sadly from here, the fairytale began to unwind. A blown clutch at the beginning of their next race meant that they had to switch to another machine. Although they had a great race against Will Penfold/Liam Brown in their 3rd ride, they locked the outfit up whilst leading and ended up on the in-field. This effectively ended their hopes of making the finals, but they still had enough left to have a good race against a former adversary Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters in their final ride. Hopefully, we’ll get to see Kenny in action again before he heads back to New Zealand.
The final saw three outfits tied on points. Wilson/Saunters, Whitelam/Elliott and Headland/Kerr had all won three rides. Headland had only been beaten by Whitelam in the heats, as had Wilson. And it was Kenny Hammill/Jason Barry who had served Whitelam/Elliott their only defeat of the evening.As the tapes went up, Whitelam/Elliott leapt into an early lead, with Headland/Kerr giving chase. Try as they might, the Aussies had no answer for the speed of Whitelam/Elliott. Headland had to use all of his skill as a driver to control a huge slide entering the third bend on lap three. Wilson/Saunters were able to capitalise, inheriting the second place, but Headland/Kerr were fast enough to retake their second position. As the drama unfolded for 2nd, Whitelam/Elliott made no mistakes. They took a fantastic win, much to the delight of the partisan crowd. A good evening for Headland/Kerr ended in second place, with Wilson/Saunters third.
The Sidecar Spectacular once again showed glimmers of why sidecar speedway is so hot in the UK right now. The inclusion of Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr did so much to add a bit of spice to the meeting, and it was fabulous to see the return of Kenny Hammill. Now all sidecar speedway roads lead to Kings Lynn for the 3rd round of the British Championships. The event will take place on the evening of Saturday 14th July. It will be unmissable!

 

Gareth Bemister

         

SOMERSET PREPARES FOR THE SIDECAR SPECTACULAR - THIS FRIDAY JUNE 29

June 27th 2018

The 1000cc Sidecars make their second visit in the month of June this Friday to the Oak Tree Arena, the home of the Somerset Rebels. A large crowd enjoyed a fantastic night of racing at the beginning of the month where Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth took the spoils. But this Friday there are no championship points at stake as it’s all on the night, winner takes all. 

Former World Champions Mick Headland and Brenton Kerr from Australia will be taking on the best of Britain including Cornishman Kenny Hammill and Passenger Jason Barry. Hammill now resides in New Zealand so his inclusion along with Healand/Kerr give the evening a real International flavour.
Headland has had a real ‘busman’s holiday’ a hectic month across the channel sharing his time visiting his French wife’s family and French Sidecar Speedway. He has built a bike to race on Friday, run a Sidecar Speedway Training School and completed demonstration laps at both La Réole and Saint Macaire.
Current British Champions Cossar/Blyth and current championship points leaders Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliot will spearhead the British challenge in what is sure to be a red hot night of fairing scraping action.

 

Don’t miss it 20+ races for only a tenner with under 16’s going free what great value. Racing Starts at 7pm with practice at 6.30pm the post code is TA9 4HA

Special Guest

CHRIS

GANLEY

On Friday night we have invited Chris Ganley along as a special guest. Chris is from Somerset and when we watched the inspirational video below we just had to invite him along as our guest to present the trophies at the end of night.

Chris  hopes to make history by being the first to race the TT with only one arm. The military veteran from Clevedon, who suffered extreme and life-changing injuries after a motorcycling accident now aims to compete in the race in 2023.
Despite the accident, Chris’ passion for motorcycles didn’t change. He bought himself a bike and was hoping to race for his army’s team, but devastatingly, he never got the chance to do so before being discharged from the army for the injuries he sustained. When he finally tried to come to terms with what had happened, He suffered severely with depression and thought he would be unable to ride a motorcycle again.

To overcome his struggle, Chris started fixing bikes to sell but knew he had to try to ride them one last time. He booked a track day to see if he could ride his motorcycle with one arm. Once he made it out on track, it gave him a reason to live again and said “Being back on the bike gave me a new view on life. I changed my ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’.”
Chris now races in the Thundersport GB Championship, competing against able bodied riders of all levels, where he finished 3rd in his first race and 4th overall in the championship - an outstanding reflection of hard work and determination.

MICK HEADLAND SIDECAR TRAINING SCHOOL - LA REOLE 

June 19th 2018

Team 107 Headland Racing have been busy promoting our exciting sport across the channel ahead of their appearance in the Somerset Sidecar Spectacular at the Oak Tree Arena, Highbridge on Friday June 29th. The Aussie ex-World Champion Mick Headland with passenger Brenton Kerr have been having sidecar fun in La Réole, which is situated 38km from Bordeaux.    
Headland who raced under the French tricolor at this year's World Cup in Gillman hasn't had the most relaxing break with his French wife Karine. On arrival he built a new outfit, organised a training school, demonstrated at last weekend's round of the World Long Track and had a track day with the World Longtrack Champion Mathieu Tresarrieu, a pretty hectic three weeks.

Team 107 will be making the trip to the UK next week and can't wait to race against the Brits in their own backyard on Friday week. Come and meet Mick and Breton in Somerset along with Kenny Hamill from New Zealand...don't miss it.

FULL LINE UP COMING SOON!

COSSAR/BLYTH STRIKE BACK IN SOMERSET

June 4th 2018

The 1000cc sidecars hit the shale for the second time this season last Friday, this time the location was Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena in Highbridge- a circuit known to suit the 170bhp monsters.
After 16 hard-fought heats, some familiar faces had risen to the top of the score sheet, along with a surprise or two! Round 1 winners Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott topped the qualification sheet. They went through their four heats unbeaten, thus qualifying first for the final and choosing the inside gate. Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth had reaped better luck in this round, though Mick Cave/Bradley Reynolds had put a stop to any thoughts of a maximum in their final ride with a rare victory over the reigning British Champions. Cave, Cossar and Whitelam qualified for the final as top scorers.
The Last Chance Semi-Final repercharge contained three of the four outfits who had been in the same position at Leicester last month. Mick Stace/Roddy Stirling had ridden excellently to win two heats and once again qualify for the repercharge. Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters and Will Offen/Josh Russell also lined up for the event. The final place was taken up by Nevill Penfold/ Kev 'Jonah' Jones, who put together some excellent rides, including a heat win in Heat 1 to score good points.
The repercharge system creates a nail-biting race as all four outfits fight for the final spot in the final. This race certainly delivered! As the tapes went up, it was Stace who led for the early stages of the race. Penfold/Jones had ridden a sensible first turn to settle into second, but a mistake by Stace allowed Penfold to come on terms and overtake the early leaders. Stace tried desperately to get back in front of Penfold but another mistake sent him infield, finishing his race. Stace really deserved more from an excellent night’s racing. From here Nev Penfold/Kev Jones made no mistakes and comfortably led Wilson/Saunters home, qualifying for the final.
In the final itself, Whitelam/Elliott made full use of their inside gate and duly led exiting the first turn. But Cossar/Blyth were in determined form. They stormed past the early leaders and then just kept extending their lead from there. Whitelam/Elliott still looked quick in 2nd, with Penfold/Jones delighted with 3rd place, keeping Cave/Steer at bay successfully.
Once again, the 500cc sidecars provided entertaining support for the ‘big chairs’. Three crews were at Somerset, Barrie Bennett/Eifion Hughes, Shaun Hughes/Louis Bennett and Natasha Bartlett/Curtis McAlinney. Both Bartlett/McAlinney and Hughes/Bennett gated first in Heat 1, with the Hughes taking an early lead while fathers Bennett/Hughes fought from the back to ride the outside to pass Bartlett and take second. Heat two was a replay of heat one from the gate with Bennett snr managing to past Bartlett, only for youngsters Hughes/Bennett to clip the centre green on the pit bend resulting in exclusion. This resulted in Bennett/Hughes taking first and Bartlett/McAlinney second. Heat 3 both Hughes and Bennett this time made the gate with the youngsters taking an early lead on lap one to win, Bennett second and Bartlett in third. Heat four, Hughes/Bennett and Bartlett/McAlinney were, once again equal out the gate. Shaun Hughes took the lead with Tash Bartlett fighting hard to hold off Barrie Bennett and taking second with Barrie in third. Overall results: Shaun Hughes/Louis Bennett 9 points, Barrie Bennett\Eifion Hughes 8 and Tash Bartlett/Curtis McAlinney 5.
Thank you to Barrie and Lisa Curran-Bennett for providing report from Somerset for the 500cc sidecars.
Another fantastic night of three-wheeled action at the speedway. The tournament now takes a break until mid- July, where the third round will take place at Kings Lynn. In the meantime, the sidecars return to the Oak Tree Arena on 29th June, where Australians Mick Headland and Brenton Kerr are set to join Britain’s best racers. This is not to be missed!
The British Championship standings look very interesting, with Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott topping the points tally with an impressive haul.

 

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SOMERSET PREPARES FOR ROUND 2

Next Friday (June 1st) the tapes go up at the Oak Tree Arena as Somerset Speedway welcomes the 1000cc Sidecar Speedway teams to the second round of the British Sidecar Speedway Championships. If the opening round in Leicester is anything to go by then speedway fans are in for for a real treat. A large crowd witnessed sixteen adrenalin-fuelled, heart-pounding qualifying heats. This was followed by a controversial semi-final and an incident-packed final which ended in victory for Paul Whitelam and passenger Alan Elliott.

 

A delighted Whitelam/Elliott only dropped one point and ended the night on 14 points. Mick Cave/Bradley Steer are only three points in arrears. The reigning British Champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth had a night to forget. Machine problems hampered the pair throughout the evening. Especially in the final in which the mechanical gremlins struck on lap three whilst they were leading. They still took a rostrum spot as the other finalists Rod Winterburn/Billy Winterburn came to a stop on the previous corner. So Cossar/Blyth are one of four crews in the chasing pack on 9pts, a sign of how close this series is likely to be, every point battled for in every race, every crew wants to be in with a shout at the Grand Final which takes place in Belle Vue in October. Also on 9pts are Mick Stace who has Carl Pugh on the back this time after a great start to his campaign partnered with Roddy Stirling. Will Often/Josh Russell could have improved on their 9 points haul had they not have controversially been excluded from the semi-final after over-locking on one bend which in the eyes of the referee caused the two following crews to come together to cause a stoppage. So they will be hungry for a place in the big race this time round. 

 

The Winterburns are the fourth crew to share third place going into Somerset. But they are the only crew missing from the main event this round and their slot is being taken by Jack Penfold/Kizz Ivy who looked really quick in the reserve demonstration laps at Leicester. It will be interesting to see how quick they are when they go up against the best in the country.
If you thought the first round was competitive, this should be ultra competitive as many crews were coming to terms with new machinery and new passengers. Now with the cobwebs completely blown away the pace will be upped throughout the field.

The 500cc sidecars are once again taking a supporting role at Somerset. Once again things are likely to be close between the four crews who sometimes became a little too close at Leicester. The same crews line up apart from the winners Chris Hay/Karl Hocaniuk who went under James Hogg/Scott Goodwin in the last bend take the chequered flag and the overall win. Hogg/Goodwin ended their night removing both themselves and the bike from the air-fence. The Welsh crews of Barrie Bennett/Eifion Hughes and Shaun Hughes/Louis Bennett both tasted the shale on the night, bruised and battered but still they come back for more. 

 

DRAW FOR SOMERSET - ROUND 2
    1.Matt Fumarola / Gaz Williams
    2.Neville Penfold / Kev Jones
    3.George Penfold / Ryan Barker
    4.Rob Wilson / Terry Saunters
    5.Kevin Lapham / James Laurie    
    6.Paul Whitelam/ Alan Elliott    
    7.Mick Cave / Bradley Steer
    8.Joe Mogg / Jake Cutler
    9.Jack Penfold / Kizz Ivy
    10.Philip Wynn/ Adam Cowper-Smith
    11.Will Offen / Josh Little
    12.Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth
    13.Tom Cossar/ Wayne Rickards    
    14.Will Penfold / Ricky Pay                
    15.Simon Beaney / Gareth Bemister
    16.Mick Stace/ Carl Pugh

 Res: Dave Buckley & Paul Jesper

The action at the Oak Tree Arena starts at 7pm and it’s only £10 to get in with under 16’s Free.
Don’t miss what is sure to be yet another great evening with the sidecars.

Joe hoping to engineer semi-final slot

in front of home fans

After engine problems in the season’s opener at Leicester, Bridgwater’s Joe Mogg is hoping for better fortunes in Round Two of the 1,000cc British Sidecar Speedway Championship at the Oak Tree Arena near Highbridge on Friday June 1st.

Mogg blew his main engine during practice at Leicester, and despite working flat out against the clock to replace it, still scored a very creditable five points with his passenger Jake Cutler.

“We had a new frame too, so what with changing the engine at the last minute, we really didn’t know how the bike was going to perform”, said Joe, “so five points, which after not scoring in our first ride, wasn’t too bad.  It keeps us in with a shout”.

He added: “I do like the track at Somerset, which is great for us sidecars, so with some home support, we’ve got plenty to build on”.

Mogg and Cutler will have to be at their very best at the Oak Tree Arena if they are to muscle in to the latter stages of what promises to be another extremely competitive night’s racing – as will Wayne Rickards from Wellington near Taunton, who as passenger to Tom Cossar, scored three points in the first round.

First race is at 7pm, with admission charges at a very attractive £10 for adults – and free for under-16s.

BRITISH SIDECAR SPEEDWAY BACK WITH A BANG!

British Sidecar Speedway Championships Round 1- Leicester

WHITELAM/ELLIOT VICTORIOUS IN AN EVENTFUL OPENING ROUND

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MAY 9TH 2018

After all of the hype through the winter, and feelings of somewhat of a resurgence of the sidecar speedway scene, the ACU Events British Sidecar Speedway Championships was back with a bang on Saturday night at Leicester. Eighteen adrenalin-fuelled, heart-pounding heats were witnessed by a sizeable crowd at the home of the Leicester Lions, not to mention some tremendous racing full of thrills and spills in the 500cc sidecar support class.
 

The qualifying heats served up several interesting tussles. Even in heat one, with a line-up of Cave, Wilson, Whitelam and Mogg, action was seen throughout the four laps. This cracking opening heat really did set precedence for the rest of the evening as outfits battled to adjust both bike set-up and riding style to get round the tricky venue as quickly as possible. In the early heats, almost every outfit struggled to get out of the tight turns as the outfits all thundered into the corners. As the night progressed, so did the racing, with races becoming more and more difficult to predict.
 

Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott, after finishing 2nd in that tough Heat one, were never headed again. The Nottingham crew went through the rest of their heats winning convincingly. The only outfit to have beaten Whitelam, Mick Cave and Bradley Steer, were also in great form. Fresh from their racing trip Down Under, they too would have gone through the card unbeaten, but for a spin in their third ride, leading them onto the in-field.
Reigning Champions Mark Cossar and Carl Blyth had a frustrating night by their high standards. However, they did win three of their four qualifying heats by quite some margin, but a thrown chain in their second ride meant that they dropped points.

 

The format for each meeting remains unchanged from last season. The top three point scorers (Whitelam, Cave and Cossar) would qualify for the final, with the next four outfits racing in the Semi Final Repercharge. Only the winner would progress to the final- the stakes are high!
 

In the Repercharge, it was the ever-improving outfit of Will Offen and Josh Russell who took the lead, closely traced by Rod and Billy Winterburn in second, with returning Rob Wilson and Terry Saunters dicing with the impressive team of Mick Stace and Roddy Stirling over 3rd. But as Lap 2 began, drama unfolded. An incident occurred exiting the bend which resulted in the Winterburn outfit sideways and stationary on the circuit. They did exit the circuit, but the referee had put the red lights on and the race was stopped. The referee decided that it was the leading crew of Offen/Russell who were the cause of the stoppage, and they were excluded from the re-run. The decision proved highly unpopular with the crowd as many in attendance questioned the decision. However, the referee’s decision was final. Offen and Russell had deemed to have caused the Winterburns to spin when they turned hard in the apex of the corner in front of them. Controversy aside, it was a shame to see the new combination of Offen/Russell’s evening to end this way after several excellent rides. Rod and Billy showed their credentials as a world class outfit by duly winning the rerun and taking their place in the final itself, though Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters pushed the Yorkshire crew hard for four laps.
More drama was to follow in the final. As the tapes went up, it was Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth who leapt into the lead and looked to have the meeting won. But more mechanical gremlins struck the title holders, putting an end to their race on Lap 3. However, just seconds before Cossar’s retirement, the Winterburn crew had also retired from the race. These precious seconds gave Cossar 3rd on the night and the Winterburns 4th. Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott inherited the lead and, try as they might, Mick Cave/Bradley Steer couldn’t quite find a way past Whitelam/Elliott. The pairing raced at close proximity for the rest of the race until Whitelam/Elliott took the chequered flag, bagging 15 points on the night for his championship campaign.

 

New driver Jack Penfold and passenger Kizz Ivy gained precious laps throughout the evening with four-lap demonstration practice sessions in between heats. Penfold/Ivy look tidy and fast and will hopefully find a place in the meeting itself soon. Only one race came to the line without a full complement of four outfits. Sadly, Jack and Kizz had their carburettors off the machine when the moment came, and missed out on the ride.
 

The 500cc sidecars put on some fantastic racing in the support class, with plenty of heart-stopping moments of their own. New crew Chris Hay and Karl Hocaniuk looked very quick throughout the night, often having to race from the back. Experienced campaigners Barrie Bennett/Eifion Hughes scored highest of the crews, with James Hogg/Scott Goodwin and Shaun Hughes/Louis Bennett all tussling over positions all evening. In their final heat of the night, several crews came together causing a collision which saw the departure of Shaun Hughes/Louis Bennett. They’d already dropped points earlier in the night when they had had a coming together when leaving the start with Hay/Hocaniuk, causing significant enough damage to the outfit. The event ended with James Hogg/Scott Goodwin hitting the air fence at the top of the circuit in an incident occurring during yet another race-long battle. The racing in this class was fantastic on the night and fitted in the event perfectly. The four outfits on show did the class proud and certainly wowed the crowd!
 

The next round is due to take place in a month’s time at Somerset’s Oak Tree Arena Circuit on Friday 1st June. If this first round is anything to go by, the sidecar speedway this season is going to be unmissable. Make sure you get yourself to Somerset for the second round to see what all the fuss is about!
 

THE 2018 SEASON PREPARES FOR LIFT OFF

Leicester speedway prepares to welcome the 1000's

3rd April 2018

The eagerly awaited 1000cc Sidecar Speedway season gets underway next Saturday evening (May 5th) at Beaumont Sports Complex, the home of the Leicester Lions. Sixteen top class crews have signed up for the main event, the opening round of the British Sidecar Speedway Championship. Heading the list are reigning champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth. They must go into the four round series as favourites after dominating the shale in 2017. But Mick Cave/Bradley Steer and Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliot who shared the championship podium at Belle Vue last October, will no doubt be looking to topple Team Cossar from that top step.

All the above crews have already had track time this season after representing GB in the 1000cc Sidecar World Cup in Australia where they went head-to-head with the best on the planet. It wasn’t the most successful trip down under results wise, beating the sidecar loving Aussies on home soil is a tough ask. But the experience gained will be valuable to all concerned.
Back in the championship full-time this season are Kent aces Rob Wilson/Terry Saunters. Wilson couldn’t commit to all four rounds last season so chose to sit it out although he did make a reserve appearance at the final in Belle Vue.

Another to look for from the ‘Garden of England’ is Will Penfold/Ricky Pay who, as with most of the crews on show, spend most Sunday’s throughout the summer racing on the grass. They also made the trip to Australia earlier in the year to the World Cup. After mixing it with the best in the world many fans will be watching there progress with interest.

In fact many fans from both grasstrack and speedway will be watching how the sport progresses over the next twelve months. Grasstrack outfits can be used, but more and more are purchasing or having new speedway chassis built for the shale. The crowds in 2017 were excellent at all rounds and it is hoped that interest will grow even more this season. In past seasons sidecar speedway was mainly followed by grasstrack fans, but over the past couple of seasons that has changed. The majority of the crowd are now speedway fans wanting to be entertained. With four monster 1000cc lined-up on the starting tapes waiting to unleash 170bhp as the tapes rise who can fail to be entertained. Four sidecars all charging into the first corner with no brakes is one of the most exciting sights in motorsport. And after 20+ heats of wheel-to-wheel, fairing scraping action the question from the fans was simply “When are the sidecars coming back?” Well they’re back! With four Championship rounds and two open meetings already organised the sport is ready for lift-off.     

A new website has been set up and obviously social media also has a big part to play, not just in the promotion but the organisation of the sport. This year the sidecars can be seen in Leicester (May 5th) Somerset (June 1st and 29th), Kings Lynn (July 14th) and Belle Vue (October 13th). But keep an eye on the website for all the latest sidecar speedway news www.sidecarspeedway.co.uk

The race action begins at 7pm on Saturday May 5th with 28 races lined-up for only £10. Under 16’s are free with accompanied adults as the organisers want to make it a night of entertainment for all the family. The main event is supported by both 1000cc and 500cc sidecar action, a night of thrills and spills on the shale.

If you can’t wait till Saturday, on Friday night some of the crews will be in attendance putting in some practice time before the big event. Entrance price for the Friday practice night is £3 for fans so why not come along and meet the riders and go behind the scenes? Find out what 1000cc Sidecar Racing is all about at close quarters. Practice begins at 6pm and ends at 9.30pm.
The perfect starter before the main course which is served up on Saturday night.

The rider draw for Leicester - Round 1
    1.Mick Cave / Bradley Steer
    2.Joe Mogg / Jake Cutler
    3.Rob Wilson / Terry Saunters
    4.Paul Whitelam/ Alan Elliott
    5.Mick Stace/ Kizz Ivy    
    6.Neville Penfold/ Kev Jones    
    7.Tom Cossar/ Wayne Rickards
    8.Philip Wynn/ Adam Cowper Smith
    9.Simon Beaney / Gareth Bemister
    10.Rod Winterburn / Billy Winterburn
    11.Will Offen / Josh Little
    12.George Penfold / Ryan Barker
    13.Matt Fumarola / Gaz William    
    14.Will Penfold / Ricky Pay                
    15.Kevin Lapham / James Laurie
    16.Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth

 

GETTING ORGANISED WITH

TENG TOOLS

ACU ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP PARTNERSHIP

3rd April 2018

Sidecar Speedway UK are delighted to announce a sponsorship partnership with quality tool manufacturer Teng Tools. This global supplier who has stockists in over 30 countries throughout the world already supports Motorsports  Worldwide and ACU Events are delighted to add sidecar speedway to that list of supported formats. 

A voucher for £500 will go to the winner of the series with £300 and £200 vouchers going to the second and third.

 

A spokesman from Teng Tools commented 

“Teng Tools are really pleased to be associated with the British Sidecar Speedway Championship as it complements our extensive involvement with speedway around the world from junior racers through to World champions.

 

It also rekindles our involvement from days gone by when Teng Tools was an active sponsor with speedway sidecars when they used to run at Coventry Stadium. We know from those race meetings that it is a spectacular sport with a keen following so it was an easy decision to make when asked to get involved with the 2018 Championship.

 

Welcome to Sidecar Speedway UK, Teng Tools

Lady Luck didn't shine in oz

NOW IT'S TIME TO GET READY for the new season in the UK

2nd April 2018

The Brits fly home after a tough weekend at Gillman, Australia where they flew the flag for GB.

Read more on the Oz Blog.

TOUGH NIGHT FOR THE BRITS

A BUSY WEEK AHEAD AS TEAM GB PREPARES FOR NEXT WEEKEND

26th MARCH 2018

A tough night for most of the Brits in Gillman at the weekend. Team GB prepare for the big weekend ahead.

Read more on the Oz Blog.

SUMMER SIDECAR SHOWDOWN ANNOUNCED

THE AUSSIES (French) are coming!

23rd MARCH 2018

ACU Events Ltd is pleased to announced the date of the 'Summer Sidecar Showdown'
The Sidecar speedway meeting will be held at Somerset speedway on 29th June. Anyone wanting to see the best of the best including Mick Headland from Australia....make note of the date !!!

THE BRITS ARE FLYING THE FLAG IN OZ

THE FAB FOUR PREPARE TO TAKE ON THE BEST IN THE WORLD

22nd MARCH 2018

Four of the top British crews are in Australia to take on the best in the world in the 2018 FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup and FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship.

The top three in the British Championships Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth, Mick Cave/Bradley Steer, Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott join Will Penfold/Ricky Pay as they fly the flag in Oz.

They will take on top riders from Australia, New Zealand, USA and France as they battle to be crowned the World Cup Champions.

The action begins tonight where the boys will take part in a open practice at Gillman Speedway in South Australia, the venue of the World Cup Final.

GOOD LUCK TEAM GB

THE SIDECARS ARE BACK

ACU EVENTS ANNOUNCE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP DATES FOR 2018

FRIDAY 9 FEB 2018

 

The ACU have announced that once again ACU Events will be backing the British Sidecar Speedway Championships in 2018.

After a couple of years in the wilderness the sidecars came back with a bang last season, thrilling spectators across the country. Four rounds of fairing banging action, after which series favourites Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth were crowned champions at a breathtaking final at Belle Vue. The National Speedway Stadium is once again on the fixture list, as are the other venues from 2017 all eager to see the return of the 'Gladiators'.

Crews are busy up and down the country preparing for a season on the shale. Many new teams who have been attracted by the success of last season are busy building or aquiring new machinery to be on-track in May. Teams from last season are upgrading or having new outfits built in readiness for a fresh assault on the title. So put your dates in your diary or on your calender now. Don't miss what is sure to be four nights of breathtaking 1000cc Sidecar Action.

 

2018 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS DATES

SATURDAY MAY 5th - LEICESTER

FRIDAY JUNE 1st - SOMERSET

SATURDAY JULY 14th - KINGS LYNN

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13th - BELLE VUE

THE BRITS PREPARE TO TAKE ON THE BEST IN THE WORLD

FOUR BRIT CREWS ARE OFF TO THE WORLD CUP

FRIDAY 9 FEB 2018

 

Four British crews will be taking the 10,000 mile trip to take on the best crews in the world in Australia at the end of March.

The FIM 1000cc Sidecar Speedway World Cup takes place at Gillman Speedway in South Australia on April 1st. British Champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth will be making the journey along with Mick Cave/Bradley Steer, Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliot and Will Penfold/Ricky Pay. They will be taking on 5 Australian crews, 4 from New Zealand, 2 from the USA and 1 from France as they bid to be able to add the title of World Champions to there racing CV.

British fans will be able to keep up to date with the Brits both on and off track via this website soon!