GRASSTRACK: Big season home and away for Cossar

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Australia test ahead for Masters Champion

In the new 1,000cc sidecar grasstrack season, Mark Cossar has two very distinct destinations in mind – one in Dorset and the other in Australia.

The 27-year-old from Rugby first wants to retain his British Masters title at Wimborne, where he’ll be bidding to win the prestigious title for the fourth time. Then, just five weeks later, he’s off to Australia for a solid six months, racing against the very best in the world, including the Sidecar Grand Slam Series.

Cossar gained some race experience in Australia in 2007, long before he’d established himself as Britain’s number one. Now he feels the time is right to beat the Australians in their own back yard.

“I’ll never forgive myself if I don’t go there and show that I can compete at this world class level,” said Cossar. “I’m determined to win the British Masters again, and my flight is booked for down under. I can’t wait to get out there and mix it with the Aussies”.

Cossar, who has also been racing 500cc sidecars this season, can expect plenty of media attention when he and his passenger Daz Whetstone do battle in Australia, because sidecar speedway has a much bigger profile there than in Europe, including television coverage. The prospect of Britain’s top competitor fighting it out against the home riders is already creating plenty of interest.

“I like Australia very much,” added Cossar. “But this is no holiday in the sun. It might take me a few meetings to get everything set up properly but ‘m going out there to prove a point.”

Mark and Carl Blyth were unbeaten as they won the Martin Heal and Kim Blackmore Trophy at Bridgwater in Somerset on Sunday.