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• A big moment at Gillman Speedway this weekend with talented racer Cooper Riordan making his senior debut in the solo support events at their massive sidecar night. Cooper is a really good young rider and a nice kid – we wish him all the best and will keep you posted on his progress.

• Mason Campton, Hugh Skidmore, Justin Sedgmen and Sam Masters are among the internationally based Aussies that have already returned to Australia following the wind up of the UK season. Expect to see some good riders showing up at meetings in coming weeks.

• Ipswich Speedway (QLD) will host the Under 16 125cc Queensland title in the near future and entries close on November 12 so get in touch with Dwayne Rew for details – they have a big summer coming up.

* Winner of the 2014 Heffernan Motorsports Winter Series, Tyson Nelson, looks certain to resurrect his British racing career with former club Rye House in 2015.
Having endured visa dramas this year that kept him in Australia Nelson did his domestic reputation no harm at all this year by asserting himself as a professional and likeable character who rides small tracks and big tracks with an equal degree of ease. His combination with bike owner Craig Jung is formidable and should prove more than competitive in this summer’s Australian championship.

* A reminder for all speedway fans, the popular Chequered Flag program makes a return for its 20th year on TV on Wednesday, November 12 at 9:30pm EDST on Fox Sports 5. The opening show, episode one of thirty, will feature the Spectrum Direct Sidecar Spring Nationals held at the Gosford venue in October.

• Australia’s greatest ever speedway sidecar racer Darrin Treloar has once again committed to running the Sidecar Grand Slam series held annually during the Australian summer. Treloar is undoubtedly sidecar racing’s biggest draw card.

* The 2014 WA Solo & Sidecar Championships have officially been allocated with the solo being held at Pinjar Park on Nov 15 and the sidecar at Collie on December 6. The Collie club have spent a lot of time & money on a purpose built 290mtr infield bike track. On Saturday November 22 Collie will also host the u21 WA Solo State Title.

• The return to speedway of former World road race Moto 3 competitor Arthur Sissis certainly has people buzzing. The quietly spoken 19 year old is a natural on a speedway bike having won three Under 16 Australian titles before turning his hand to the asphalt. A UK career is on the cards and we will have more detail on that in coming weeks.

CONGRATULATIONS!
What a finish to the season for the Edinburgh Monarch’s with their Aussie trio of Sam Masters, Max Fricke and Justin Sedgmen all starring in their league title triumph. These championships are very hard to win and it is a great achievement for the club and our Aussie triumvirate. I mentioned this same trio earlier in the week but they have since won the league, which is the biggest of them all!

BIG NEWS
Big news is that Mildura looks like it may host the final of the 2015 World Under 21 teams championship a week after the Australian Grand Prix next October. If the club can pull this off it will be enormous and make it arguably the biggest week of speedway in Australia’s history. We await confirmation.

WELL DONE
Likeable Queenslander Roy Stout won his class at the Gillman Classic over the weekend and proved himself among the nation’s finest riders in this type of event, having won five times previously. The meeting was a resounding success and kicks off a big summer for Gillman.

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Albury-Wodonga Motorcycle Club is holding the Victorian U21 Solo Speedway Championships and the Victorian U16 250cc Solo Speedway Championships on Sunday, 30th November at the Diamond Park Circuit, near Albury.
Racing will commence at 12 noon and Supp Regs will soon be on the Motorcycling Victoria website. This is a good event for the club to run and a fitting reward for the effort put in by Shane Clare and his helpers. Top stuff.

SEASON OVER
A number of Aussies have completed their UK seasons now and are packing up to return home, we will keep you posted on who is where over coming weeks.

WHAT A TRIO!
Edinburgh’s Aussie trio of Sam Masters, Justin Sedgmen and Max Fricke have been absolutely brilliant this year for the jubilant Monarchs and fair play to them. The Scottish club is run by some very good people and they most certainly look after their riders. Former GP star Leigh Adams rates Max Fricke very highly and believes he can one day be part of the grand prix series.

WHY?
Seems a little strange that year after year UK promoters try and run their season from March until the end of October whilst knowing full well March and October are a nightmare weather wise. I’m sure their reasons are valid but it would save a lot of angst if they could fit things into an April/September schedule.

ON THE MOVE
Expect a team move from Victoria’s Dakota North in coming days, I believe he’s changing teams for 2015 and it is only onward and upward for him in years to come, he’s been outstanding this season.

TOO CLOSE TO CALL
24 hours after the final race was run in this year’s Heffernan Motorsports Winter Series the organisers have called a total points recount due to the closeness of the finishing positions.
Going into last weekend’s double header there was barely a split hair between Queensland gun Tyson Nelson and junior star Cooper Riordan and the double points round on Sunday only served to further enhance the intrigue.
After a tumultuous start to Sunday’s racing that saw a number of riders come to grief things settled down and it was then that Riordan started to shine in the junior division whilst Nelson found himself dropping three points in the space of two races. This gave Riordan a sniff of overall victory in the prestigious ‘Grand Champion’ category which is open to both junior and senior competitors.
Taking into account that all riders drop their two lowest scores the maths is incredibly tight.
Nelson lead the senior component by a significant margin from Jake Allen and Jack Holder and Cooper Riordan who was a long way in front of Kane Lawrence, so the equation for overall honours really came down to Nelson and Riordan.
At time of writing the points calculated had revealed a finish that could not have been anticipated and as a result a full re-count will now be undertaken.
Tyson Nelson has convincingly won the senior side of the winter series and Riordan has done the same in the juniors – but who has won overall…………………?

• Great riding from the Macdonald brothers, Josh and Alan at Kurri with Alan particularly impressive. These likeable youngsters have had their share of crashes over the last couple of years but now it is all falling into place for the dynamic duo.
• Road race convert Josh Pickering is clearly a rider with enormous potential, he has beaten riders with international experience and undoubtedly has an international career of his own to look forward to.
• A youngster worth watching is newcomer Karl Lawler, son of sprintcar racer Jeff. Karl is showing early signs that he may just be a rider with a lot of potential.
• The Hunter Valley’s Andy Edser had a nasty spill at Kurri and has fractured his L1, L3 and T11 vertebrae but fortunately he does not require surgery. It was certainly a big hit and we are glad Andy is going to be ok.
• Young Queenslander Branden Coglan rode superbly at Nepean and Kurri and is most definitely a rider to watch. The quietly spoken junior beat ultra fast NQ rider Brodie Eves in one race and that is not easily done!

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DOUBLE HEADER AWAITS
Following on from last Saturday’s successful round 8 staged at the historic Nepean raceway the Heffernan Motorsports Winter Series will now focus on a potentially action packed double header at Kurri Kurri.
With Tyson Nelson winning the Nepean round he now sits tantalisingly close to overall victory but must perform solidly over the weekend given that Sunday’s final round offers double points.
Nelson has been the class of the series and with Jake Allen crashing out spectacularly at Nepean Allen’s chances of overall victory are looking bleak.
That said; the unique format that enables both junior and senior riders to win the overall ‘Grand Champion’ award the form of Mildura’s Cooper Riordan is of some concern to Nelson.
Riordan was in scintillating form at Nepean and finds himself just a few points shy of Nelson in the overall tallies once the mandatory two ‘dropped’ rounds are taken into account.

The Kurri track is always well prepared and with over 40 riders nominating it promises to be a great spring day for motorsport fans.
An important note for competitors is that riders will pay a double nomination fee ($100) on Saturday and this will alleviate the need for a repeat on Sunday, thus streamlining the event and ensuring a succinct meeting and quick getaway on Sunday for those with a long way to travel.

SCHEDULE:
Saturday: Junior 125cc 11am. Main meeting including junior 250cc and senior 500cc starts 1pm
Sunday: Junior 250cc and senior 500cc from 10.30am.

Note: Don’t forget to move your clocks forward an hour on Saturday night as it is daylight saving on Sunday.

Spectator admission: $10.
Full canteen facilities available.

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