SIDECAR RACING: Wesley Baldry and Lok O'Kane will be part of one of the sidecar teams at Morgan Park Raceway this weekend.
SIDECAR RACING: Wesley Baldry and Lok O'Kane will be part of one of the sidecar teams at Morgan Park Raceway this weekend. William Course Photography

Fifty tried out sidecar racing last year and it is on again

MOTORCYCLE RACING: Last year, 50 riders headed to Morgan Park Raceway for a sidecar come-and-try.

It was so successful that the sidecar riders are having another come-and-try on Saturday at Morgan Park Raceway.

There are 143 nominations for the final round of the Southern Downs Road Race Series run by the Motorcycle Sportsmen of Queensland.

Racing is expected to be over at 4pm Saturday and then the come-and-try will start.

"The come-and-try is for riders keen to become involved in the sport and not those keen on a joy ride,” MSQ president Paul Dawson said.

"Riders will need all the safety equipment.”

A sidecar racing team has a rider and a swinger (in the sidecar). Regular bikes are not adapted to pull a sidecar.

"Bikes with sidecars are purpose-built,” he said.

Dawson said numbers had increased at all meetings this year compared to last year.

"We have a 20 per cent increase this year,” he said.

"Our biggest meeting for the year was 170 in round 3.

"We have riders coming from as far as Townsville and Sydney for this weekend's meeting, many live up and down the East Coast.”

Dawson said one of the reasons the MSQ numbers had grown was because of the continuing upgrading of the track at Morgan Park.

"Our numbers are to a large part to do with the efforts of the Warwick District Sporting Car Club,” he said.

"Riders can see where their money is going.”

While the forecast is for a fine weekend, Dawson said there were few problems at Morgan Park Raceway when it did rain.

"The track drains well and dries quickly after rain,” he said.

"There are bigger tracks with more problems when it rains, you don't get puddles on the track at Morgan Park.”

Racing this weekend for the 143 starters will also be all-day Sunday.

After this weekend, the major event remaining this year will be round 4 of the CAMS State Championships on November 16-18 to be run by the MG Car Club of Queensland.

See update on motorsport and equestrian events in Gerard Walsh's HorsePower column on Saturday in the Daily News