Pinjar Park speedway: Reece Liptrott and Jesse Thomas win Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial

Reece Liptrott and Jesse Thomas celebrate with the chequered flag at Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway. Picture: Woza's Photography
Reece Liptrott and Jesse Thomas celebrate with the chequered flag at Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway. Picture: Woza's Photography

WA sidecar title holders Reece Liptrott and Jesse Thomas have won this year’s Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial at Pinjar Park Motorcycle Speedway.

Father and son combination Jeff and Daniel Bishop, who elected to start from the outside gate, came in second in the Saturday night final after two other teams spun out.

Liptrott and Thomas out front of the Bishops in the Eurocars 2019 Jeff Gittus Sidecar Memorial. Picture: Woza’s Photography

The win came in only Liptrott’s second season.

“I want to stick around for as long as these other old blokes,” Liptrott said. “I want to be here in 20 years…I’ll hang around as long as my body will let me.”

“We have awesome teamwork,” passenger Thomas said. “I love riding with Reece; he always goes hard and never backs off.”

Daniel Winchester won the 500cc solo final ahead of Matt Marson, Josh Bailey and Des Hayes.

Declan Killeen won all his heats in the 250cc solo class last night after finishing seventh at the Australian titles in Queensland last month.

Declan Killeen (yellow helmet) at the nationals. Picture: photosbyjm@live.com.au

His brother Luke finished third at the national titles in the 125cc solo category.

Luke Killeen.

JEFF GITTUS SIDECAR MEMORIAL
The memorial race honours speedway champion Jeff Gittus, who died in road accident in May 2013.

He rose to prominence as a sidecar passenger for Dennis Nash.

The Nash-Gittus combination won the Australian Sidecar Championship in the 1987-88 season at Claremont Speedway and the following summer in Mildura.

The ‘Dynamic Duo’ also took out the WA title in 1986-87, 1988-89 and 1991-92.

They were inducted into the Speedway Australia Hall of Fame in 2011.

Gittus served as the president of the Speedway Motor Cycle Club of WA, and the memorial race was inaugurated in 2014.