MOTORSPORT: Cossar off to Australia

Sidecar champion Mark Cossar
Sidecar champion Mark Cossar
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Yesterday (Friday) Rugby’s Mark Cossar was due to head Down Under for an intense five-month trip to battle against the world’s very best riders in Australia.

The main highlight for reigning British Masters Champion Cossar will be to participate in the prestigious seven-round Sidecar Speedway Grand Slam Series, which will take him all over South Australia and New South Wales, as well as a trip to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory – a one-way journey of...... almost 1,000 miles!

28-year-old Cossar, who recently won the British Masters (grasstrack) title for the fourth time, hasn’t raced on any speedway tracks this season, but all of his racing in Australia will be on shale circuits such as Coventry Bees’ Brandon, initially putting him at a disadvantage.

“At first I just want to get on the pace with the top Aussies, who have vast experience on their home circuits,” said Cossar, who will be based in Adelaide. “But whilst I’m looking forward to seeing some sights in Australia, I’m racing almost every weekend (well over 20 meetings), so with all the travelling and bike preparation I won’t have much time off!”

Accompanied by sidecar speedway partner Daz Whetstone, Cossar’s arrival is eagerly awaited by the Australian media and motor cycling fraternity, keen to see if the determined Englishman can cut it at the sport’s highest level.

“Going there as British Masters Champion, the Aussies will be more than be going out of their way to make me look second best,” added Cossar. “But when I get to grips with the bike set-ups and track conditions I hope I’ll give them plenty to think about.”