MOTORSPORT: Engine trouble for Cossar in Australia

Mark Cossar
Mark Cossar

Oceania Sidecar Speedway Championship

Mark Cossar has a mountain to climb in Australia due to engine problems that forced him to withdraw from Round One of the Oceania Sidecar Speedway Championship after just two outings.

The Rugby rider and his passenger Liam Brown secured second place in their opening outing at Gillman Speedway in Adelaide, hanging on despite a blown head gasket.

Frantic work in the pits saw the British duo return to the track to impressively win their next heat, but when it became obvious that the engine could blow up completely, there was no option but to very reluctantly withdraw from the meeting. This was a hard pill to swallow for Cossar who had spent four solid days building the engine upon his arrival in Australia.

The first of this three-round championship was won by the Australian pairing of Darrin Treloar/Blake Cox. Round Two was due to be contested in Mildura on Wednesday – with the third and final round today (Saturday, February 14) in Kurri Kurri, New South Wales.