Mildura Weekly : Friday January 3 2014 Vol 8 No 9
www.milduraweekly.com.au 58 Mildura Weekly – 03/01/14 SIDECAR stars from four states will contest the Riordan’s Paint and Panel 2014 Sidecar Shootout at Mildura’s Olympic Park Speedway tonight. In a field brimming with talent, Victoria will be represented by local stars Warren Monson/Matt Morgan, Byren Gates/Mick O’Loughlin, Chris Dess/Emily Seymour and Dale Mil- ner/Jamie Knudsen, with Sheppar- ton’s Mal German/Steven Stagg and Melbourne’s Mark Radford/Chris Walker to also be in attendance. Olympic Park will welcome the return of former Victorian Cham- pion and fourth place in the last World Championship Byren Gates and Mick O’Loughlin, with the Gates team missing the last meet- ing due to clutch problems – which affected their early season Oceania Championship meeting – and will be looking to take the ‘Dudley Brad- shaw Memorial Trophy.’ A strong South Australia contin- gent will also compete at the event, headed by the Headland broth- ers Trent and Jesse, who will fight against another family team in the Hartwig brother and sister combina- tion of Aaron and Tegan from Waik- erie. Aaron and Tegan took second place last week behind Wazza Mon- son in a strong field, and will be ex- pecting to gather enough points to again make it into tonight’s main event. Adelaide’s Shane Evans will team with local passenger Andrew Summerhayes, who has been with- out a ride since Clint Mayes stopped riding, while Darren Wood/Will Walker will also make the journey from Whyalla to contest the 2014 Shootout. NSW representation will also be family-oriented, with the return of former Australian number two team Rick Howse and Adam Commons from Broken Hill to lead the pack. Rick’s brother Darren Howse and team mate Matt Ward will also be looking for a strong showing dur- ing the heat stages, while Rick ‘The Bartman’ Stephens/Darcy Risstrom and Rick’s brother and nephew, Daniel and Linc, will complete the foursome from the Silver City. Bart Stephens has been an Aus- tralian finalist in recent years, and is well-known for his keenness to travel to become a better and more consistent rider. The Stephens and Howse fami- lies have long been the success of three-wheeled racing in this region, and consider Olympic Park a home track alongside the Broken Hill Speedway. Added to the long distance at- tendees is another UK-based team Mick Cave/Gaz Williams. Mick has been the backbone of British Sidecar Speedway for a cou- ple of decades, and thoroughly en- joys the ride at Olympic Park. Rounding out the visiting troupe is Reg Waters/Jonathan Sheehan from Tasmania, with the Shootout to mark the pair’s first visit to Olym- pic Park. Top favourites for the two finals in the Bradshaw Memorial meet- ing are Monson, Gates, German, the Headlands and Hartwigs, Rick Howse, Bart Stephens and Milner, with patrons to be in for a wonder- ful night of racing. Riders in the middle of the field – including Cave, ‘Mud’ Stephens, Evans, Wood and Darren Howse will be keen to snatch points during the 20 heats, while Radford, Dess and Waters will use the meeting to increase their skill. Warren Monson (pictured ABOVE in action) is entitled to go into the meeting as firm favourite, as he was successful against the British Champion last week and has four consecutive Victorian Champion- ships to his name. He has now come to terms with his engine configuration, which sees two of the four cylinders of his one litre engine firing together, which gives the machine amazing torque and a massive advantage when pow- ering out of the corners. A touch of sadness will hang over the meeting, as the team of Ja- son Bradshaw/Steve Behsmann will not take part due to a spectacularly nasty crash during last Friday’s Side- car Extravaganza final. Both riders walked away from the arena after the heavy fall, which saw Bradshaw’s machine clip and also get clipped by other machines, as all riders entered turn one at the start of the final. Bradshaw subsequently sought medical attention for injuries sus- tained to his shoulder, back and neck area, which has seen the vet- eran placed in a neck brace for the next fortnight while awaiting further assessment. The Bradshaw family has been associated with Sidecar racing at Olympic Park since the inception of three-wheeled racing in Mildura in the late 1950s. The trophy for the Shootout is named in honour of Dudley Brad- shaw, who was an integral part of starting sidecar racing along with the late Keith ‘Curly’ Carmes – who has the annual Sidecar Spectacular named in his honour. Support events on the night will be provided by the ‘classic’ sidecars, with last week’s main man Robbie Kemp to miss due to a clutch prob- lem. A solid field will still take part, including Rocky and Courtney War- ren, Dave Langley/Bill Angwin, Paul Donnelly/Jamie Knudsen, Clinton Crabb/Beth Pinfold and Gawler’s Kristy Schultz/Steve Lewis. The Shootout format will see 16 riders participate in five rides over the 20 heat format, after which rid- ers placed fourth to seventh will race in a ‘last chance’ qualifier to then race the top three point scorers for the Dudley Bradshaw Trophy. Visitors to the area are welcome to join the crowd at Olympic Park, with gates to open at 5pm, with a junior program to start at 6.30pm following senior practice. Senior racing will get underway at 7.30pm, with free grandstand ac- commodation available. Patrons can also opt to bring outdoor chairs into the arena, which can be used on the grassy banks. A full catering service will also be available, with no BYO by law. 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