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Mitchell Wins Gittus Memorial

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  • 8 February 2018
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Mitchell Wins Gittus Memorial

 

Former Australian Sidecar Champion and reigning Western Australian Sidecar Champion Russell Mitchell with passenger Andy Sharpe saved the best for last taking victory in the all-important Jeff Gittus Memorial Final. For Mitchell it was his fourth Gittus win in five years while for passenger Sharpe his first. Scott Charsley and Matt Reese who won the event in 2016 finished second, while top point scorers Reece Liptrott and Andy Gajek finished third, after being excluded for running on the infield.

 

To say that sidecar racing on the night was thrilling would be an understatement. On the tight 160 metre confines of Pinjar Park it was at best sensational and at worst chaotic. Each heat was packed with drama. Twelve of WA best teams fronted up on the night and from the first heat it was apparent that the “Gittus” was more than just another set of sidecar races.

The first heat produced one of the most horrific crashes seen at Pinjar Park in several seasons when the Thomson Brothers crashed through and over the fence in turn four. Both were injured and it took some time for the medicos and track crew to get Ben Thomson into the ambulance. He was kept overnight for observation but gladly for all concerned was discharged. The boys have a big job ahead to see if they can get prepared in time for the State Title here on March 10th.


Heats Two through Ten ran fairly smoothly with wins being divided between Charsley/Reece, Liptrott/Gajek, Mitchell/Sharpe, Harvey/Metcalf and Bryan/Young. The Wenn/Cornwall team was outed on a couple of occasions for running on the infield as was the Hankin/Moffat combination while the Fanderlinden brothers were forced to call it a night with mechanical issues.


But all hell broke out again in Heat Eleven which saw the undefeated Liptrott/Gajek combination up against Mills/Thomas. These two teams were likely finalists. Both were very quick out of the gate and great battle ensued until they went for the same bit of dirt entering turn three around half race distance. Mills and Thomas were both thrown from their machine and tumbled along the track. After a few minutes both were back on their feet, but their night was over.


Heat Twelve saw Mitchell/Sharpe defeat Charsley/Reece and then on to everyone’s favourite number Heat Thirteen! Lucky for some? Lucky for none? It doesn’t matter everyone was excluded for running on the infield. Without going into great detail the race was eventually re-run later in the program with Bryan/Young getting the nod over Harvey/Metcalf with Payne/Holmwood finishing third.


Heats Fourteen to Eighteen, the last of the qualifiers almost went according to the script with Shield/Brown getting up for two wins, Liptrott/Gajek kept their unbeaten sequence going while Charsley/Reece took a great win from Mitchell/Sharpe. Wenn/Cornwall grabbed their first win of the night too. Exclusions for running on the infield included Hankin/Moffat, Bryan/Young and Payne Holmwood.


And so to the two qualifying finals with Liptrott/Gajek courtesy of their unbeaten run going automatically to the Gittus Final.
Semi Final One saw Mitchell/Sharpe out of gate one, up against Harvey/Metcalf gate two and Bryan/Young gate three. More drama here with Harvey/Metcalf breaking the starting tapes at the gate and being excluded. This made it a match race. Mitchell/Sharpe were best away and had the race in their keeping when Bryan/Young went to the infield with engine issues.


Semi Final Two had Charsley/Reece out of one, with Shield/Brown out of two and Cain/O’Bryan out of three. Charsley/Reece made no mistake and took the win and the last spot in the Final.


A very entertaining final saw Liptrott/Gajek and Mitchell Sharpe get the best of the start relegating Charsley/Reece back to third. But incredibly by the end of the first lap it was Charsley/Reece who had hit the front, but they drifted too high through lap two allowing Mitchell/Sharpe underneath and into the lead and from that point there was no holding Mitchell/Sharpe from victory.


500 cc SOLOS


Twelve heats for all concerned to qualify for the night’s final saw Daniel Winchester continue on his winning ways. The man in green is undefeated in heat racing at Pinjar this season and picked up another four wins on his way to another Final. He was joined by Swedish rider Joel Andersson who also notched up four wins. Other wins on the night went to Andersson’s touring partner Kenny Wennerstam, along with local brothers Jarryd and Kobee Ziedas as well as Des Hays.


Ryan Pope, Carley Gittus, Matt Marson, Ken Hunter were among the placegetters across the night but all unable to string enough points together to progress beyond the heats.


The B final which saw the winner progress to join Winchester, Andersson and Wennerstam who were top three in points pitted the Ziedas’s, Heys and next highest point scorer Ethan Ballantyne. Ballantyne broke the tapes prior to the start and was penalised 15 metres. Jarryd Ziedas was then judged to have brought Heys down once the race was underway. He too was penalised fifteen metres. In the third and final attempt Kobee Ziedas took the win and so made it through to the A Final.


With Winchester out of gate number one many thought it was a foregone conclusion that he would go home with five starts and five wins, but Kenny Wennerstam had other ideas and starting out of gate four ran to the outside of Winchester in turn one and stayed high until he swept into the lead at the end of the first lap. Winchester battled hard in second and Andersson threatened in third but that was the way they finished.


250 cc SIDECARS


Three tremendous young teams on great looking outfits and great racing too. The best ingredients! Keenan Murphy/Josh McQuade fired the first shot of the night with an all the way win in the first heat that saw Jake Harvey/Tylar Solomon run onto the infield for exclusion. Heat Two was a repeat of the first with Murphy/McQuade again best out of the gate on so to the chequered flag. This time the Harvey/Solomon team failed to finish and they would be out for the rest of the night.


Heat Three and Murphy/McQuade best away with the Fewster’s Jack and Adam trying to work out how to get back into winning form. The Fewster’s did work it out though and were back to their best in winning Heat Four. In the Final the brothers blitzed the start and went on to take the win.
As a note it was great to see young Morgan Cornwell who only a couple of seasons back was a passenger in Junior Sidecars now racing in the Senior ranks with Adam Wenn. Great stuff Morgan.

250 cc SOLO’S
Usual 250 riders Brad Gordon and Ryan Phillipson were joined by Chris Bogdan for four heats and a final and the night started with Gordon taking the first heat over Bogdan and Phillipson. However the second heat caused some grief when Gordon fell and Phillipson trailing close behind was unable to drop his bike in time. Phillipson appeared to be injured and was out for the night. His bike appeared to be damaged too. The subsequent re-run saw Bogdan take the win over Gordon who was penalised 15 metres for causing the stoppage. The subsequent races were all won by Gordon who continues to show great form on his 250.


125cc SOLO’S


Seven riders fronted for 125 actions with the return of Declan Killeen appreciated by all. Heat wins on the night were shared between the Killeen brothers Declan and Luke and McDiarmid brothers Jack and Marshall. The racing was close and hard as the 125’s have been for several seasons and in early action Marshall McDiarmid fell after winning his first heat and Lincoln Worroll was excluded when he ran onto the infield. However Heat Eight caused some concern when Declan Killeen dropped his bike in turn four and Chris Bogdan with nowhere to go crashed hard. Bogdan’s bike was damaged and he went back to the pits.


The Final line up featured the McDiarmid’s and the Killeen’s with Lincoln Worroll grabbing the fifth and final starting position having scored more points than Xander Smith. Worroll and Smith are big improvers in this division and are making their more experienced opponents work hard in every race.
In the Final Luke Killeen gated first and established a tidy lead over his brother. Unfortunately for Declan Killeen he came down in turn one the second time through and Jack McDiarmid was unable to avoid crashing over the top of his bike. Declan Killeen was out of the re-run which saw brother Luke canter to victory over Jack McDiarmid, Mitchell McDiarmid and Lincoln Worroll.


PRE-PROGRAM – 125cc Lites, 125 cc Stock Bikes, 50 cc Pee Wees

The 125cc Lite Final which was run in the main program saw Axel McCarthy take a great win from Xander Smith and Max Harvey. McCarthy had been in good form in all the lead up races winning three of their four qualifiers.

 

The 125cc Stock Bike final was also part of the main program and Mitchell McDiarmid continued his winning ways with a victory here over Axel McCarthy. Earlier in the pre-

program McDiarmid had won three of their four qualifiers.

 

The 50cc riders Jake Corbett, Jett Harvey, Jackson Kealy, Nate Rice, Ethan Vearing, Noah Young were all listed in the program. But we need numbers or a system to identify who is actually on the track. Always entertaining and a great part of the Pinjar experience we’d love to tell you who is in the event! Come up and tell us in commentary. Don’t be shy!



Words-Woodie J

Pic Wozza Photography

Points kindly supplied by Andrea Killeen - Scorer

Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - 125cc Stock Bikes Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial - 27 January 2018

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Mitchell McDiarmid

12

DNF

3

3

3

 

 

9

3

Axle McCarthy

11

3

2

2

2

 

 

9

2

Max Harvey

6

2

1

1

1

 

 

5

1

Rider Final

Points

Place

Gate







Mitchell McDiarmid

3

1

 







Axle McCarthy

2

2

 







Max Harvey

1

3

 







Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - Junior 125 Solo Lites Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial - 27 January 2018

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Axle McCarthy

14

3

3

3

2

 

 

14

3

Xander Smith

9

1

2

1

3

 

 

9

2

Max Harvey

7

2

1

2

1

 

 

7

1

Rider - Final

Points

Place

Gate







Max Harvey

1

3

 







Axle McCarthy

3

1

 







Xander Smith

2

2

 







Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - 125cc Solo Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial - 27 January 2018











Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Jack McDiarmid

12

2

3

2

3

 

 

10

2

Declan Killeen

10

3

2

3

2

 

 

10

0

Luke Killeen

12

DNF

3

3

3

 

 

9

3

Mitchell McDiarmid

7

3

EX

2

1

 

 

6

1

Lincoln Worroll

5

2

EX

1

2

 

 

5

 

Xander Smith

3

1

1

0

1

 

 

3

 

Christopher Bogdan

2

1

DNF

1

F

 

 

2

 

Rider Final

Points

Place

Gate







Jack McDiarmid

2

2

 







Luke Killeen

3

1

 







Declan Kileen

0

F

 







Mitchell McDiarmid

1

3

 







Lincoln Worroll

0

4

 







 

Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - 250cc Solo Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial - 27 January 2018

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Brad Gordon

12

3

EX

3

3

 

 

9

3

Chris Bogdan

11

2

3

2

2

 

 

9

2

Ryan Phillipson

1

1

F

DNS

DNS

 

 

1

 

Rider Final

Points

Place

Gate







Brad Gordon

3

1

 







Chris Bogdan

2

2

 







Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - 500cc SoloJeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial - 27 January 2018

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Daniel Winchester

14

3

3

3

3

 

 

12

2

Joel Andersson

13

3

3

3

3

 

 

12

1

Kenny Wennerstam

12

3

2

2

2

 

 

9

3

Kobee Ziedas

8

2

1

3

2

 

 

8

0

Des Heys

6

2

0

1

3

 

 

6

 

Jarryd Ziedas

6

1

3

2

0

 

 

6

 

Ethan Ballantyne

6

2

2

0

2

 

 

6

 

Jack Hunter

4

0

2

1

1

 

 

4

 

Matt Marson

4

0

1

2

1

 

 

4

 

Ryan Pope

3

1

1

1

0

 

 

3

 

Carley Gittus

1

1

0

0

DNF

 

 

1

 

Drew Winchester

0

DNS

DNS

DNS

DNS

 

 

0

 

B-Final - 500's










Kobee Ziedas

10









Des Heys

10









Jarryd Ziedas

9









Ethan Ballantyne

8









Rider Final

Points

Place

Gate







Daniel Winchester

2

2

 







Joel Andersson

1

3

 







Kobee Ziedas

0

0

 







Kenny Wennerstam

3

1

 







Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - Sidecars (Juniors)Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial - 27 January 2018

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Keenan Murphy / Josh McQuade

14

3

3

3

2

 

 

11

3

Jack Fewster / Adam Fewster

11

2

2

2

3

 

 

9

2

Jake Harvey / Tylar Solomon

0

EX

DNF

DNS

DNS

 

 

0

 

Rider

Points

Place

Gate







Jack Fewster / Adam Fewster

3

1

 







Keenan Murphy / Josh McQuade

2

1

 







Quit Pinjar Park Speedway - Sidecars (Seniors)Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial - 27 January 2018

Rider

Total

Heat 1

Heat 2

Heat 3

Heat 4

Heat 5

Heat 6

Points

Final

Reece Liptrott / Andy Gajek

12

3

3

3

3

 

 

12

0

Russell Mitchell / Andrew Sharp

14

3

3

3

2

 

 

11

3

Scott Charsley / Matt Reece

12

3

2

2

3

 

 

10

2

Chad Harvey / Nathan Metcalf

10

2

3

3

2

 

 

10

 

Tony Shield / Ash Brown

10

2

2

3

3

 

 

10

 

Rocky Bryan / Matt Young

9

3

3

3

EX

 

 

9

 

Ricky Cain / Joshua O'Bryan

8

3

2

1

2

 

 

8

 

Adam Wenn / Morgan Cornwell

5

EX

2

EX

3

 

 

5

 

Horrie Payne / Clinton Holmwood

7

1

2

1

3

 

 

7

 

Clayton Mills / Jesse Thomas

3

1

2

DNF

DNS

 

 

3

 

Ronald Hankin / Scott Moffat

2

DNF

DNF

EX

2

 

 

2

 

Ryan Fanderlinden / Adam Fanderlinden

0

DNF

DNS

DNS

DNS

 

 

0

 

Ben Thompson / Jamie Thompson

0

EX

DNS

DNS

DNS

 

 

0

 

Semi 1 - Sidecars










Russell Mitchell / Andrew Sharp

14









Chad Harvey / Nathan Metcalf

10









Rocky Bryan / Matt Young

9









Semi 2 - Sidecars










Scott Charsley / Matt Reece

12









Tony Shield / Ash Brown

10









Ricky Cain / Joshua O'Bryan

8









Rider Final

Points

Place

Gate







Reece Liptrott / Andy Gajek

0

EX

 







Russell Mitchell / Andrew Sharp

3

1

 







Scott Charsley / Matt Reece

2

2

 







 

 

 

 



 

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