Pinjar Park hosts WA Sidecar Championship, Gordon Rowland Memorial in jam-packed meeting

Brad Willis and Jesse Thomas (yellow) and Horrie Payne and Clinton Holmwood battling it out. Picture: Woza’s Photography
Gordon Rowland Memorial winner Luke Killeen. Picture: Woza’s Photography
Sidecar podium – 1st Brad Willis and Jesse Thomas, 2nd Chad Harvey and Jamie Thompson, 3rd Scott Charley and Morgan Cornwell. Picture: Woza’s Photography
125cc podium – 1st Luke Killeen, 2nd Brad Gordon, 3rd Christopher Bogdan. Picture: Woza’s Photography
Riders parade at the start of the meeting. Picture: Woza’s Photography
The junior track. Picture: Woza’s Photography
Brad Willis and Jesse Thomas (yellow) and Horrie Payne and Clinton Holmwood battling it out. Picture: Woza’s Photography Gordon Rowland Memorial winner Luke Killeen. Picture: Woza’s Photography Sidecar podium – 1st Brad Willis and Jesse Thomas, 2nd Chad Harvey and Jamie Thompson, 3rd Scott Charley and Morgan Cornwell. Picture: Woza’s Photography 125cc podium – 1st Luke Killeen, 2nd Brad Gordon, 3rd Christopher Bogdan. Picture: Woza’s Photography Riders parade at the start of the meeting. Picture: Woza’s Photography The junior track. Picture: Woza’s Photography

VETERAN rider Brad Willis and passenger Jesse Thomas scored a last-second victory in the 59th WA Sidecar Championship held for the first time at Pinjar Park Speedway on Saturday evening.

The duo started from the outside position in the four-lap final, trailing Scott Charsley and Morgan Cornwell and Chad Harvey and Jamie Thomson for most of the event.

With about half a lap to go, Charsley’s machine slid slightly sideways, allowing Harvey to hit the front.

On the final turn, Willis made a desperate lunge on the inside and crossed the line only centimetres in front.

Organisers rated it as one of the best races witnessed at the track this season.

In the 500cc solo division, Daniel Winchester showed why he is one of the leading riders, winning all of his heat races along with the final.

The evening also featured the Gordon Rowland Memorial, one of the main events of the season for under-16 125cc riders.

In the final, Luke Killeen kept out in front of last year’s winner Brad Gordon and Chris Bogdan to take home the 2018 shield.

Races were also held for several other junior divisions, with riders from the age of 10 taking part.

Organisers now turn to their last event of the season – the annual King of Pinjar on March 24.

The pre-program will start at 5pm with junior divisions and a balance bike race for the youngsters, with the main program from 7pm.

Tickets are $20, kids under 16 are free.