||Last Updated: Mar 17th, 2015 - 22:38:32
Another star-studded line up has been announced for the 2015 Australian Speedway Sidecar Championship to be held at the Arunga Park Speedway in Alice Springs on April 4-5.
Motorcycling Australia Speedway Commission Chairman Ivan Golding said that all was in readiness for the event, which will be held at Arunga Park for the first time since 1985.
“It is great to take the national championships up there as we continue to promote sidecar racing in the Northern Territory,” Golding said.
“We have received quite strong interest from people looking to head up there for the Championships, and I believe most of the venues and accommodation are booked out already, so that is a great sign.”
Golding said the quality of riders in this year’s draw meant choosing a favourite to take out the title would prove to be extremely difficult.
Reigning national champions Grant Bond and Glenn Cox will be looking to repeat the dose from last year’s Championship at Loxford Park Speedway, but they will face stiff competition from an extremely well credentialed field.
Fresh off their Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship victory this year, five-time Australian champion Darrin Treloar will again team up with Blake Cox in an attempt to improve on their third placing from last year, while Queensland duo Dave Bottrell and Ben Pitt will be looking to go one better after finishing in runner-up position in 2014.
“There’s probably up to six riders who are really strong contenders, and the Qualifying Meeting also has quite a strong field as well,” Golding said.
The draw is as follows:
SCOTT CHRISTOPHER / TYLER MOON
RUSSELL MITCHELL / JUSTIN WINCHESTER
MARK PLAISTED / BRIAN ANTHONY
GRANT BOND / GLENN COX
JUSTIN PLAISTED / SAM HARRISON
WARREN MONSON / MATT MORGAN
DARRIN TRELOAR / BLAKE COX
DAVE BOTTRELL / BEN PITT
1. SHANE RUDLOFF / DAMIAN EGAN
2. SHANE HUDSON / BRAD PITT
3. TRENT HEADLAND / DARYL WHETSTONE
4. DANIAL PUDDY / LUKE PUDDY
5. MICK HEADLAND / JESSE HEADLAND
6. MARK MITCHELL / TOM GOLDING
7. BRODIE COHAN / JOSHUA SINNOT
8. ROB PATTERSON / BRENTON KERR
9. RICHARD STEPHENS / DARCY RISSTROMM
10. BYREN GATES / MICHAEL O’LOUGHLINN
11. DAMIEN NIESCHE / MITCHELL SPEAR
12. RON PARKER / JARRED EDEY
13. ARRON HARTWIG / TEAGAN HARTWIG
14. MARK DREW / STEVEN BLAIR
15. HAYDEN BOND / BRADY COX
16. DYLAN BLAIN / HAMISH GOLDING
1st Reserve: 17. GARTH THOMPSON / BRAD DUNN
2nd Reserve: 18 CHRIS DESS / STEPHEN BEHSMANN
3rd Reserve: 19 TBC/ JUSTIN RICHARDS
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