Champs beat heat to upstage rivals | PICTURES

AUSTRALIAN champion Darrin Treloar and his passenger Blake Cox created history by winning round three of the Blackchrome Sidecar Grand Slam at Wodonga’s Diamond Park Speedway on Saturday night.

Treloar and Cox rode brilliantly in the A final to fend off the advances of English duo Mark Cossar and Darryl Whetstone to win the first Grand Slam series event to be held at the track.

South Australians Mick Headland and Paul Waters came third ahead of Melbourne pair Warren Monson and Matt Morgan, who qualified for the A final by winning the sudden death semi.

Cossar and Whetstone emer-ged as the top qualifiers for the A Final after winning all five of their heats, but Treloar and Cox showed great composure under pressure and out-gated the English duo in the main race.

Headland and Waters produced their usual solid performance while Monson and Morgan achieved their best result in this summer’s series.

Kiwi husband and wife team Andrew Buchanan and Philippa Burns were superb and finished their heat rides with 11 points, including two wins, to qualify for the semi-final.

But the duo were forced to withdraw due to Buchanan suffering a severe case of cramps in the oppressive conditions.

The fourth round of the championship will be conducted at Renmark on February 1.

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