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Gillman Speedway - Season 2015/16

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The return of speedway's sliding stars
With significant work completed during the off-season including the construction of a brand new open-air grandstand, Gillman Speedway is ready for a big season of two and three wheel racing this summer. Adelaide's mild winter has helped green the infield and the grassy mounds while the track itself is looking smooth, wide and ready for some fast racing.

Gillman Speedway, Solo stars, Sidecar stars, Jack Young Cup, Darcy Ward
Solo stars


Gillman Speedway is a purpose built 300m dolomite, crushed granite and clay surface oval track with a width of 12-15m and a slight camber. The Speedway has been at the Wilkins Road location since the closure of the North Arm Speedway in 1997 and has been built almost entirely by volunteers and supporters of the Speedway Riders Association using some donated equipment (take a look at some of the old maintenance equipment lying around !) and many hours of hard labour.

Gillman Speedway, Solo stars, Sidecar stars, Jack Young Cup, Darcy Ward
Night time racing


The fruits of this labour is the scheduling of another great season of speedway racing culminating in Gillman Speedway hosting the FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup over Easter in 2016, a major race meeting featuring sidecar riders from four countries all competing for the major prize and significant bragging rights.

Gillman Speedway, Solo stars, Sidecar stars, Jack Young Cup, Darcy Ward
Sidecar stars


For people new to Speedway, the riders race four laps around this tight circuit during a series of heats with points accumulating towards the faster and tactical finals later in the evening. The current track record was set last season by Jason Doyle in the solos at 54.83 seconds for a four lap clutch start at an average speed of 79 kmh. The current record for sidecars is 57.76 seconds at a slightly slower average speed of 75 kmh.

Gillman Speedway, Solo stars, Sidecar stars, Jack Young Cup, Darcy Ward
Fast racing


The season normally kicks off with a huge season opener but an unfortunate accident overseas to popular rider and future speedway superstar Darcy Ward has introduced a new "opening night" event being the Darcy Ward Fundraiser. Darcy was seriously injured in Poland in late August and Gillman Speedway have elected to introduce an extra night in to the program where the very best Australian speedway talent in solos and sidecars will be on hand to entertain a huge crowd for this fundraiser.

Gillman Speedway, Solo stars, Sidecar stars, Jack Young Cup, Darcy Ward
Darcy Ward


The revised season program is as follows :

Darcy Ward Fundraiser (7 November)
Opening Night (14 November)
Downer Jack Young Solo Cup (28 November)
SA Solo Championship (12 December)
SA Sidecar Championship (28 December)
Australian Solo Championship (8 January)
Under 21 Solo Championship (23 January)
Gillman Solo Championship (6 February)
State of Origin Sidecar Championship (20 February)
Gillman Sidecar Championship (5 March)
President's Trophy Solo Series (19 March)
FIM Speedway Sidecar World Cup (26 March)
Oceania Sidecar Championship (27 March)

Gillman Speedway, Solo stars, Sidecar stars, Jack Young Cup, Darcy Ward
Unfortunately accidents do happen


To facilitate junior development in Speedway, the club has built a small 110m track in the centre of the main oval where young kids (known as Sidewinders) can also ride in a controlled and safe fashion, often as part of a big meeting with great crowd support and participation.

Gillman Speedway, Solo stars, Sidecar stars, Jack Young Cup, Darcy Ward
Winners are grinners


Gates open for all events from 6pm onwards with racing usually starting around 730pm when the sun has fallen enough to no longer be a distraction to the riders. Tickets are available at the gate. Further details are available from the Gillman Speedway website or from their facebook page.


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Why? To see the big boys slide
When: November 2015 to March 2016
Where: Wilkins Road, Gillman
Cost: Up to $25 per adult
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