SIX months ago, formula one sidecar racing was a little-known sport around Moree.
Six months on and while it still doesn’t quite fall into the category of well-known sports, its profile is rising thanks to Andy Jones.
“The coverage we’ve received has been fantastic and people actually have a better understanding of sidecar racing now.”
Jones moved to Moree mid-way through last year and will compete in the Australian championships at Eastern Creek in March as the sidecar championship runs in conjunction with the super bike championships.
“We start the championship on March 20 in Eastern Creek, followed by the second round in Perth in mid-September and the third and final round will take place at Phillip Island in mid-November,” he said.
“While there are many other smaller championships, the standard in this one is world class and the one to win.
“We have to budget tightly with our priority being to become Aussie champions.”
After moving from Mount Isa to Moree midway through last year, Jones and passenger Cameron Bell have suffered a few setbacks.
“We crashed out in the last race last year. Now our sponsorship we had with a company in Mount Isa has expired so we have to fund our own racing privately with each round costing in excess of $10,000 when all is accounted for.
“Preparation is well under way with two Suzuki GSXR 1000 engines currently being assembled.
“The machine and chassis are also being prepared at present which will then be followed by a new paint job for the season.”
As with most sports, training is important in achieving the best result possible and Jones said sidecar racing was no different.
“I am currently running between 80 and 100 kilometres every week as well as about 10 hours mountain biking per week as well.
“Cameron Bell has been passengering the speedway all season and is in good shape.”
Andrew Jones and Cameron Bell are back for another tilt at the Australian sidecar championships for 2014. (Photo: Ray Oxford)
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