Mildura Weekly : Friday February 26 Vol 10 No 16
28 SPORT MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016 A STRONG field will contest the Dudley Bradshaw Memorial Tro- phy tomorrow night as part of the Kelly Panel Refinishers 2016 Side- car Shootout at Mildura’s Olympic Park Speedway. Riders from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria will contest the event, which will culminate in a ‘second chance’ situation for riders placed from fourth to seventh on points. Those riders will have the chance to meet the top three points-scorers for the night to decide the winner of the Dudley Bradshaw Memorial Tro- phy. Some very tough racing will be seen by patrons, who can expect some fine skills and massive speed from the best sidecar riders in the world. World champion Darrin Treloar/ Blake Cox, now with another NSW State title under their belt, and dual world champions Mick and Jesse Headland (PICTURED), who make up arguably the best father/son com- bination in sports history, will be among those expected to do well, however their party could be easily spoiled by any of the other 14 teams. They include NSW Title top point- scorer Ricky Howse/Adam Commons from Broken Hill, Mildura’s Byren Gates/Mick O’Loughlin, last week’s Gillman winner Shane Hudson/Eli Wright or the consistent SA team of Damian Niesche/Mitch Spear, who have regularly placed on the podium at many recent meetings. One should also not discount the affable Queenslander Brodie Cohen/ Josh Sinnott, who want race time at Mildura as planning for their assault on the Australian Title in April. Locals Neale Hancock/Brendan Johnson, Clint Mayes/Sean Coleby, Chris Dess/Brenton Kerr and AJ Pearce/Brodie Gebhart, all of whom will use their good local knowledge to their advantage, will also be in the hunt. Of recent times, the Hancock/ Johnson combination has taken some good scalps both in Mildura and at Gillman, while Mayes/Coleby looked to settle into a good rhythm at their first race outing last meeting. Broken Hill will also have Darren Howse/Kyle Jarvis, and the laconic Rick Stephens/Scott Morris to back up the efforts of Rick Howse/Adam Commons. The younger Howse, Darren, did well at Tamworth in the NSW Title, finishing in the top half of the field, so they would be expecting to col- lect points along the way in the Bradshaw meeting, as will Rick Ste- phens/Scott Morris. The ‘Bartman’ always rides Mil- dura well, and will be looking for a strong showing as an indicator that more than one rider should repre- sent the Silver City at the upcoming National Championship on Satur- day, April 9. A qualifying contest berth on Friday, April 8, is most likely for the lads from Broken Hill, but this week all riders will need to be aware and prepared for the skills of our Silver City guests. A strong contingent of SA riders will join the fray, with last meeting team captain Klae Hobbs/Jack Spear and Shane and Angus Rudloff keen to show their skills. Hobbs is a class rider, and will do well in this company while Rudloff is progressing well. The most difficult task for patrons this week will be trying to pick the top seven riders who will contest ei- ther final. Every race will be hard fought, with riders perhaps even scoring from the luck of their starting gate posi- tion. Positive starts and good drive will be important for every team. There is no doubt that turn one in every event will be vital to success, as much can happen in the first turn and the exit of turn two to set up a rider’s opportunity in any race. The Mildura track, since it refur- bishment a couple of seasons ago, has allowed more passing options for riders, as a high line and a low line can be just as quick. Many riders choose to stay wide and then ‘dive bomb’ at the right time, usually on the exit of turns two or four for a strong run up either straight for a chance to win. Recent form is usually the best in- dicator for future success, as long as a rider does not just have bad luck, and in this field there are plenty of riders who are bringing great current form to the meeting. Gates/O’Loughlin and Hancock/ Johnson have been consistent over the last few meetings, and should be quietly confident that they can mix it with the very best. Treloar/Cox, the Headlands, Ni- esche/Spear, Hudson/Wright and Howse/Commons are among the very best, and will want to make it to the Bradshaw Trophy final. However it won’t be an easy task, with Hobbs/Spear, Stephens/ Morris, the Rudloffs and Cohen/ Sinnott ready to impress. Mildura speedway fans are in for a treat with such a talented field. Support events are from the three listed meeting reserves, Dale Milner/ Nick O’Brien, Nathan Cock/Kane Mc- Mahon and Paul Donnelly/Jake Rob- erts, who will race a regular set during the night. Extra support will come from a Classic Sidecar contingent, which in- cludes Rod Gebhart/Jamie Knudsen, Simon Cohrs/Reece Farr and Chris Wakefield/Jason Pinnock, who will contest against Broken Hill stalwart Rob Kemp/Peter Harvy. Olympic Park gates will open at 5pm, with patrons having access to grandstand accommodation, or use of the grassy banks. Patrons are reminded that Olym- pic Park offers a full catering service, and that there must be no BYO by law. A small junior program will open the night from around 6.15pm, with the Bradshaw Trophy parade to com- mence at 7.15pm. Racing will follow at 7.30pm. Top riders on the hunt for Bradshaw Trophy SULTANS OF SLIDE By Brendon Gledhill CAMPBELL BROWN Entertainment featuring 2 great larrikins; Geelong legend Billy Brownless, Hawthorn premiership star Campbell Brown as well as local music sensation, Jatz Crackers. Mouth-watering cuisine from local icon Alan Lay and his Chef Catering Service; featuring high quality, local produce and great service. Complimentary beverage package; Including beer, wine and champagne from Cappa Stone Wines and Red Hill Estate and soft drink. Friday 4th March, 6.30pm BILLY BROWNLESS Purchase your table at Your support will help a local woman in Mildura suffering ovarian cancer when we present her and her family with funds raised that will assist her in the fight of her life.
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