Warren Monson and Andrew Summerhayes have taken out the 2019 FIM Speedway Sidecar 1000cc World Cup at Gillman Speedway last night in a dramatic event that saw Australian pairings dominate the top of the table. They finished ahead of fellow Aussies Mark Plaisted/Ben Pitt in second place and Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox rounding out the podium.
Monson/Summerhayes and Plaisted/Pitt went into the final as the only combinations to have amassed 14 points, however Monson/Summerhayes crossed the line first in the final to hand the victory to the pair from Mildura.
“You can’t be much happier than taking home the World Cup!” said Monson on the podium. Mark (Plaisted) was right on our tail in that final so I’m pretty happy to have come out with the win.”
His passenger Summerhayes was equally thrilled with the victory. “It’s good to make the final and have a win here at Gillman again. The track is awesome, it’s the best track I’ve been on all season.
“It’s good racing with these blokes here, you’ve got the world’s best riders and you’ve got Australia’s best.”
Second-placed Plaisted was disappointed to miss out on the win, but happy with his and passenger Pitt’s performance. “We were on the place, well done to (Monson/Summerhayes), they were flying. We’re happy, it would have been nice to win but they were really good.”
The night was marked by an on-track incident between competitors Mick and Trent Headland, who were investigated by officials for ungentlemanly behaviour during one of their heats. Both received a fine and were excluded from the meeting.
The Speedway Sidecar action continues at Gillman Speedway tonight (7 April) as the FIM Oceania Speedway Sidecar Championship is re-run after being rained out last weekend. Gates open at 1pm, with racing to commence at the earlier time of 3pm.