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Top sidecar riders to clash

SIDECAR riders Australia-wide will clash for state team supremacy at Mildura’s Olympic Park Speedway tonight.

In a first for the local circuit and Australian sidecar speedway, the inaugural KPR Sidecar State of Origin meeting will see four crack teams of five riders and passengers race over 25 gruelling heats to decide the champion state.

Sidecar teams racing has never before been held using a four-team tournament format, with accumulated scores determining the overall winner.

Each of the four teams will have a rider in each heat and each rider will race against all others from opposing teams.

Riders have been nominated in team positions, which will determine where they start on the line and when they ride against riders from the opposing teams.

Visting riders will travel from Shepparton, Melbourne and Broken Hill as well as South Australia and Queensland.

The depth of riders is strong, with Team SA One boasting arguably the best depth, including former Australian champions Mark Mitchell/Tom Golding as well as past dual world champions Mick Headland/Luke Smith.

Justin Plaisted/Sam Harrison add strength, as do Damien Niesche/Mitch Spear and the Hartwigs brother-sister pairing of Aaron and Tegan.

The “home” team, Victoria, has two state champions in Warren Monson/Matt Morgan and Byren Gates/Mick O’Loughlin, with Victorian visitors “Squirrel” Trewin/Jack Nichols and Mark Radford/Chris Walker.

Mildura’s young team of Adon Pearce/Brodie Gebhart have also got a well-deserved chance at representation.

A second SA team (SAII) has been brought in due to logistical issues with the initial Team NSW.

The SAII team is also strong with Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt, Trent Headland/Daz Whetstone, as well as Jason Hardy/Adam Pascoe, Shane Rudloff/Damian Egan and brothers Daniel and Luke Puddy.

The fourth team is Team Qld, headed by Dylan Blain/Hamish Golding, with Rob Patterson/Brenton Kerr, Darren Howse/Matt Ward of Broken Hill and Ricky “The Bartman” Stephens/Darcy Risstromm.

Locals Chris Dess/Emily Seymour, who is now back in the saddle, have also joined the team.

Riders from each team will wear the same helmet colour all night, irrespective of which gate position the team member has drawn for their heat.

While the red helmet colour usually denotes the gate one starting position, Team Victoria will wear the red helmet, but may start from any of the four gates.

The Victorian Solo Championships are also being held tonight, at Undera.

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