Follow TEAM GB as they travel to OZ to take on the best in the world!
BRITS FLY HOME AFTER AN
EVENTFUL WEEK IN OZ
3rd April 2018
The Brits are coming home after a eventful week in Oz.
British Champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth will probably be the most unhappy of the crews after a week of bike problems and injury. Last minute engine and frame changes hampered the lead up to the weekend's Oceania and World Cup meetings, as did an injury to Cossar in the first heat on Sunday.
Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliot were the top placed Brits finishing 10th overall in the World Cup with 5pts. But again not without injury as Paul has been battered and bruised following the nasty looking crash with Jones/Summers the previous weekend.
Mick Cave/Bradley Steer finished their Aussie break in 13th place and Will Penfold/Ricky Pay, 17th place on their first trip to the home of Sidecar Speedway.
So a tough trip for all, but one thing for sure is that they have all gained more experience both on and off track. This should pay dividends for all crews involved as they head home and get ready to focus on a exciting season of 1000cc Sidecar Racing on the shale right here in the UK
Treloar/ Headland crowned world cup champions
1st April 2018
Darrin Treloar and Jesse Headland have showed what they’re made of and have won the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup at Gillman Speedway. The victory marked a perfect weekend for the duo as they did not drop a single heat or final. They also managed to win yesterday’s FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship. It all capped off a very successful event at Gillman with entertaining racing and a strong crowd in attendance.
It was always going to take an almighty effort to topple Treloar and Headland. Their machine looked as if it was on rails around the track. Although the victory looked easy, they threw everything they had to claim the win.
Throughout the 20 heats and two finals there was plenty of twists and turns. The 2017 Champions, Warren Monson / Andrew Summerhayes (AUS) had an up and down night and were knocked out in the B Final. They also suffered an unfortunate heat 11, when they jumped the start and were excluded from that heat, putting them on the back foot.
In the lead up to the finals, Treloar / Headland, Mark Mitchell / Tony Carter (AUS) and Trent Headland / Darryl Whetstone (AUS) had booked themselves right into the A Final and were all looking extremely strong.
In the B Final, it would be Andrew Buchanan / Denny Cox (NZ/AUS) to take the victory. After a restart, Buchanan and Cox finished just ahead of 2017 Champions, Monson and Summerhayes. It was a devastating result for the previous champions as they did not have the chance to defend their title in the A Final. Mick Headland / Brenton Kerr (France/AUS) finished third and Jamie Moohan / Bailey Ogilvie (NZ/AUS) would retire from the B Final.
With the A Final about to begin there was enormous excitement and it would be Treloar and Headland to get a fantastic start. They would take an extremely impressive victory ahead of Mitchell / Carter, Buchanan / Cox, and Headland / Whetstone.
As a result, Australia would take home the honors at the FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup at Gillman Speedway. The performance of Treloar would no doubt establish himself amongst the greats once again.
Gillman Speedway was a fantastic venue and track conditions were optimal throughout the event. The international flavor throughout the event was clearly evident and it was great to welcome competitors throughout the world to South Australia.
Treloar sharing “It’s a great result! There is a lot of behind the scenes work that people don’t get to see. It was a hard night and it took awhile to get the bike setup the way I wanted it. We are never completely happy but we got the result we wanted.
“This is probably the best bike I’ve ever had and I would like to thank all the machinists and welders that helped put it together. I would like to thank my swinger Jesse who makes all the difference.”
Headland saying; “Like Darrin was saying, we had a few setup issues at the start but the bike was awesome overall and the team did an awesome job.”
© Derick Thomas Photography
A MIXED WEEKEND FOR THE BRITS IN GILLMAN
26th March 2018
All of Team GB took part in the Nankang Tyres/Mitch Chassis Sidecar Super Series Round 4 at Gillman Speedway on Saturday night. The main objective for the guys was to get some important track time at the venue in readiness for next weekend’s FIM World Cup. And the experience proved to be invaluable for all at ‘The Big One’ approaches.
In the Main Event it was Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland who dominated the whole night as they had done in the previous three rounds. In total Treloar/Headland took part in 24 races over 4 rounds in the series for 23 wins and 1 exclusion – for exceeding the two minute time allowance for their opening ride in round two. But with the series points decided by each rider’s best three rounds, Treloar was able to drop that round and finish with the maximum 57 points. The only British team to see Main Event action on the night was Mick Cave/Bradley Steer who replaced Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone whose night was cut short after a heat two crash. Team Cavey’s night ended on 4points against some really tough opposition after two thirds and a second place.
On to the International Sidecar support and in Heat 1 a bad start for Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliott who were excluded for course cutting handing the win to American crew Joe Jones/Tom Summers with Will Penfold/Ricky Pay taking 2pts for second place. The other American crew crashed out taking no further prt in the proceedings.
Heat 2 and it was Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth who took the win in 60.463 seconds which was going to be the fastest time of the day for the support class. That was to be the highlight for the British Champions whose night wasn’t going to be most memorable they have ever had with their next two heats ending pointless after suffering chain breakages. In Heat 3 Jones/Summers took maximum points after Team Cossar’s chain failure left them as the only team to finish.
Heat 4 saw the Australian pairing of Jeff Bishop/Daniel Bishop taking the chequered flag after being chased hard all the way by Penfold/Pay and Whitelam/Elliott.
The field was beginning to become depleted with only two outfits lining up for Heat 5 and Whitelam/Elliott took their first win of their Australian Tour, beating the eventual winners Team Bishop to the line and chalking up 3pts.
Penfold/Pay took maximum points in Heat 6 ahead of the Stars and Stripes of Jones/Summers. Cossar/Blyth once again suffering from a chain breakage.
With only four outfits remaining Heat 7 was deleted from the programme with Penfold/Pay moved to Heat 8. Team Penfold led from the gate chased hard by the Jones/Summers and Whitelam/Elliott. Going into the bend and the American outfit cut-out. Whitelam/Elliott couldn’t avoid hitting the stalled outfit and hit at speed, throwing both over the handlebars. Battered and bruised but the Brits will be ready for this weekend’s sidecar feast at Gillman.
In the final heat Cossar/Blyth came back out to replace Whitelam/Elliot. Team Bishop took the win followed home by Cossar/Blyth and Penfold/Pay who ended the night on a very credible 11 points.
So as Team GB look ahead to the Friday night’s practice it will mainly be rest for most of the squad, the exception being Team Cossar who has a busy week lined up off track. Unhappy with the way things have gone so far the British Champions explained that “The setup of the Suzuki chassis we using is proving to be hard so we making a change this week to a different chassis running Yamaha”.
This weekend at Gillman starts with an open practice on Friday followed on Saturday by the FIM Oceania Championship. The Big Event is on Sunday when the riders line up for the 2018 FIM Sidecar Speedway World Cup.
Good luck to Team GB from all of us on the other side of the globe.
© Derick Thomas Photography
LIVE UPDATES FROM GILLMAN
23rd March 2018
Saturday night is race night at Gillman where riders from Australia, USA and obviously our Brits line up for the the Nankang Tyres Super Series Final. Another chance for our teams to get on the pace before next weekend's FIM World Cup.
Start time is 7.30pm local time (9am UK Time) and you can keep tabs on TEAM GB by downloading or logging on to the FREE SPEEDHIVE APP. This will keep you up to date with LIVE RACE RESULTS. (Click on link below).
You can also purchase a downloadable programme of the event priced at $5 Australian Dollars.
GOOD LUCK TEAM GB RACE HARD AND RACE SAFE!
TEAM GB FLY OUT TO TAKE ON THE
BEST IN THE WORLD.
22nd March 2018
Team GB has arrived in Oz in time for tonight's Open Practice at Gillman Speedway in South Australia.
British Champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth, Paul Whitelam/Alan Elliot and Will Penfold/Ricky Pay left the UK earlier in the week. Thay have now joined up with Mick Cave/Bradley Steer, who arrived earlier this month.
Sidecar riders from Great Britain and the United States of America will compete at Gillman Speedway this Saturday night (24 March) as part of a big double-bill feature night.
Mark Cossar, Mick Cave, Paul Whitelam and Will Penfold, who finished first, second, third and fifth in the British Speedway Sidecar Championship, will compete against USA numbers one and two, Joe Jones and Bryan Motis, and Western Australian rider Jeff Bishop, in a ten event series, while Australia’s leading riders will compete in the fourth and final round of the $35,000 Nankang Tyres/Mitch Chassis Sidecar Super Series.
Although the Super Series is over four rounds, the overall series placegetters will be decided by each riders’ best three rounds, meaning the top money positions behind series leaders Darrin Treloar/Jesse Headland are all still up for grabs.
Treloar has been in phenomenal form around Australia this season and has yet to be beaten by an opponent in the Super Series, dropping just three points through a time limit exclusion.
The leading scorers behind Treloar after three rounds are Trent Headland/Darryl Whetstone and Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt, who are only two points apart, while Mark Mitchell/Tony Carter and Mick Headland/Brenton Kerr are also within striking distance of a top three series finish.
Riders looking to dent their chances include Australian Championship finalists Dave Bottrell/Chris Bottrell, Damien Niesche/Mitchell Spear and Warren Monson/Andrew Summerhayes, and Kiwi Jamie Moohan.
THE 2018 SIDECAR SPEEDWAY
WORLD CUP LINE-UP
22nd March 2018
With plenty of British interest in the FIM Sidecar Speedway World cup taking place in two weeks time, here is our guide to the competitors making up this year's world class lineup.
Four British crews have already set off Down Under, ready to compete in the Super Series Round 4 at Gillman this Saturday, with the World Cup meeting itself the following week.
So here's a rundown of all of the crews competing for the big title...enjoy. We'll try and keep Banter members up to date with the results of the meetings where the Brits are competing.
TEAM CAVEY ON THE PODIUM IN TAMWORTH AS THE COUNTDOWN TO THE WORLD CUP CONTINUES
20th March 2018
Australian Sidecar legend Darrin Treloar and passenger Jesse Headland were once again on red-hot form as they took another victory in Tamworth on Saturday night.
But Team Cavey were also right on the pace as they took their first podium of their Oz Tour, taking a well earned third place on the night. That will be a real confidence booster for driver Mick Cave and passenger Bradley Steer as the big event draws ever closer.
This week the team take the long trek back to Gillman where they will practice on Thursday evening.
The brits advance party arrive down under
Team Cavey happy with shakedown run IN MILDURA
10th March 2018
The Brits have arrived and Mick Cave/Bradley Steer enjoyed a steady start on the new Yamaha R1 powered outfit. The results improved all evening, ending with a win in their final heat. Cavey admitted he had struggled with gearing all night, but at the end of the evening both driver and passenger were satisfied with their nights work.
Australian Sidecar legend Darrin Treloar and passenger Jesse Headland stood on top of the rostrum and look to be the crew to beat at the Sidecar World Cup which comes up soon at Gillman Speedway on April 1st. By then Team Cavey will be part of Team GB with Team Cossar/Blyth, Whitelam/Elliot and Penfold/Pay wearing the Union Jack with pride.
Today (Saturday) Mick and Bradley will be in action again as they take on some of the world's best sidecar crews at Gillman Speedway. The SA Sidecar Championship trophy will be at stake today so.....
GOOD LUCK MICK AND BRADLEY