British Crews give the World Sidecar Speedway champs a miss as they build for the British!
British crews will be absent from this year’s FIM 1000cc Speedway Sidecar World Cup which takes place at Gillman Speedway in Australia on April 6th. Last season four top British Crews travelled the 10,000 miles to battle it out with crews from Australia, New Zealand and the USA. But all have declined the offer in 2019, most quoting cost as their main reason not to travel.
Feature image courtesy of Darren Nokes
Current British Champion Paul Whitelam stated “I’ve made the journey for the past three seasons, but with only one event being offered and without start or guaranteed prize money I could not warrant the expenditure this year. Hopefully the World Cup will be run closer to home in the near future, Belle Vue would be a great venue”.
Former British Champion Mark Cossar also spoke of his wish for the event to come closer to home. “I’m gutted to have to turn my place in Australia down, but we have done the trip over there so many times over the past six years. If the championship is to work the FIM has to run it in Europe again”.
Mick Cave whom has made the journey to Australia seventeen times in recent years commented “I already have a bike in Oz but both myself and passenger Bradley Steer are unable to commit time. To stand any chance to mix it with the best in the world you need a couple of months racing to get yourself prepared. My business is busy right now so a two month break is out of the question”.
Without any crews in Oz, Sidecar Speedway GB which is supported by ACU Events can concentrate on getting it’s own season underway. The reigning champions Paul Whitelam and passenger Alan Elliott are both looking forward for the upcoming season. Whitelam remarked “Alan and I are looking forward to the challenge of defending our crown in 2019. We plan to attack it the same as last season, banking the points and doing as many events as possible. It should be a great year for sidecar speedway, some good tracks and an increase in rider numbers”.
Former British Champions Mark Cossar/Carl Blyth preparations are on hold at present as Cossar is in the process of building four new outfits for a mixture of new and current teams.
So it looks like another exciting season on the shale is just around the corner. And the first date to put in your diary is Saturday April 13th, the venue the Paul Chapman and Sons Arena, the home of the Leicester Lions. The meeting will be an open meeting and not part of the British Championships. Details will be available soon so keep an eye on both the website and our Facebook page for the latest news.
Sidecar Speedway UK would also like to thank Teng Tools for their sponsorship in 2018. A total of £1000 worth of tools vouchers has been split across top three in last seasons British Championships.