SIDECAR SPEEDWAY: No luck for Cossar in Australia

Mark Cossar
Mark Cossar

Rugby racer vows to put frustrating trip behind him

Mark Cossar has returned to the UK from Australia, vowing to put a hugely frustrating trip behind him.

The 28-year-old from Rugby accepted a late invitation to race in the three-round Oceania Championship, but without his own machinery, usually so meticulously prepared, everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

With rumours circulating that the Oceania title may be lifted to a full blown World Championship in 2016, Cossar insists he’ll only compete if there is enough time to prepare properly.

“I’m grateful that people in Australia tried to help me out,” he said. “But after a blown gasket in the first meeting and then a clutch failure in the second, it was clearly all too last minute. Against the world’s best, that just will not do. I won’t make that mistake ever again.”

The battling Brit finally chalked up some points in the third and final round in Kurri Kurri, but still suffered from major mechanical problems and was also involved in a crash with Australia’s Mark Mitchell and America’s Joe Jones.

With proper time to prepare, Cossar last year proved what a force he is in the sport by capturing third place overall in the Sidecar Grand Slam Series, becoming the first rider from outside Australia to win an event round – so despite writing off this latest venture, if there’s a world title to be won down under next year, he’ll be among the leading contenders.