Thrills, spills as hot Gill prevails

Sheldon Gill rides his Honda to victory in the 125 class.
Sheldon Gill rides his Honda to victory in the 125 class.

Riding in two divisions ” the under-16 125cc class and the under-16 250cc class ” it was a busy night for the Kalamunda High School student, who won both Chum Taylor junior events.

The 125cc class was hard fought, with Gill not getting his own way early in the night. He qualified third on the gate in the final after five heats.

But the local youngster fell heavily soon after the start when another rider came down in front of him, forcing a restart.

Fired up for the second attempt, Gill got away much more cleanly on his Honda and diced it out with arch rival and close friend Matt Marson for three laps before prevailing near the end.

The 250cc class was much easier for Gill. He won first time out on his JRM and backed it up with two more firsts to take out the event overall on points, following some close racing with Jack Smith.

‘Chum Taylor had a few tips for me before the night started that proved very handy,’ Gill said.

Taylor was a racing legend in the ’50s and ’60s who won several State and Australian Solo Speedway championships on the way to a successful international career.

Pinjar Motorcycle Speedway’s signature event on November 23 ” the Rob Woffinden Classic ” attracts an international field and thousands of fans.