The DON Smallgoods Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix returns to Australia this Saturday after an absence of 13 years. The Australian SGP will feature the world’s best speedway riders who over the course of a season compete in a series of stand-alone SGP events, which determines the FIM Speedway World Champion.
As the Australian event is the last leg of the series, the 2015 World Champion will be crowned at the conclusion of Saturday night’s event. On race night each of the 15 riders and 1 wildcard will race against each other once, during a program of 23 heats. The top eight scorers then advance to a semi-final after heat 20 and from each semi-final, 1st and 2nd placed riders will advance to the SGP final.
It’s the first occasion Etihad Stadium has hosted a motor sport event. More than 5000 tonnes of dirt have been sourced to build the track. Planning and negotiations in order to bring the Grand Prix to Melbourne commenced almost three years ago. While preparations for the build of the track started over a year ago, the construction has taken place quickly, commencing last Sunday at 7am.
The Motorsport Channel will have regular updates all weekend of this event.
Image: Inaction Photography, The Motorsport Channels Brett Swanson interviewing Jason Crump for Channel 7.