Sidecar leaders hope to get jump on rivals

SIDECAR Grand Slam Series leader Mick Headland believes success at Saturday’s history-making round at Wodonga’s Diamond Park Speedway is vital to his team’s chances of winning the title.

Headland and teammate Paul Waters will be hoping to extend their slender lead at the top of the table when the Blackchrome Sidecar Grand Slam Series appears for the first time on the Border as the third round of Australian speedway bike racing’s premier tournament.

They’ve received an added boost, too, with reigning champ Mark Plaisted forced to withdraw due to injury.

Headland said he and Waters were looking forward to strutting their stuff on the Border.

“I’m led to believe the Diamond Park Speedway is a quick layout and the track should produce a great spectacle,” he said.

“It was tremendous to win at Murray Bridge last round but this Saturday’s event is vital in terms of consolidating our lead in the series.”

Plaisted, meanwhile, has been forced out after suffering internal bleeding and bruising in South Australia recently.

“I’m suffering from severe bruising and I have a bit of internal bleeding that is hampering my recovery,” he said.

This weekend’s round is vital as the tournament approaches the halfway point, with the top three teams separated by just seven points.

Gates open at 3pm, with racing between 4-8pm on the Lincoln Causeway.

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