Mildura’s Ben Pitt, together with rider Mark Plaisted, are the new Australian Sidecar champions.
Plaisted and Pitt claimed the crown on Pitt’s home track – Olympic Park – last Saturday night.
For Pitt, who has been involved with sidecars for the past 18 years, after starting as a 20-year-old, the achievement is the exclamation mark on an impressive list of achievements.
Pitt was born and raised in Mildura.
He and his partner Kara share three children, Kasiah, Kayah and Ryder.
He said he was born into sidecars.
“My father Johnno was a passenger also and then he was a mechanic for Clarry Jones for many years,” Pitt said.
“I have always been around dirt bikes and speedway.”
South Australian based Plaisted and Pitt have been a team for five years.
Together on the track they make a formidable duo.
Prior to their victory on the weekend Plaisted and Pitt won the Oceania Title.
Pitt’s other achievements include competing in the World Cup in Kings Lynn, England, where rider Dave Bottrell and Pitt finished third.
He’s also played his part in winning two South Australian sidecar state titles and a Victorian sidecar state title.
But it is with no doubt his win on the weekend, on home soil, is extra special.
“To win a National Title is the pinnacle of honours, it has been our dream as it’s the ultimate goal,” Pitt said.
“To win it on my home track in front of my family, friends and supporters is just a dream come true.”
Pitt said heading into the event the pair were quietly confident.
“We knew we had a good chance at winning the title as we recently built a new race bike by Mike Zachan at Stinger race frames,” Pitt said.
“It has been a rocket since we have had it but we also knew the competition would be tough.”
After getting off to a good start in heat one, finishing second, the pair thought their championship dream was over after a crash in heat two.
“In heat two we picked up a heap of drive and it threw me off the bike and at that point we thought our night was done,” Pitt said.
“The next three heats we picked up three wins and that put us in the third pick for the A Final.”
There were four laps of the 300m track standing between Plaisted and Pitt and their dream.
“We had an awesome start in the final, coming into turn one and two first,” Pitt said.
“We just missed the other three riders coming together which gave us the advantage to take out the Australian Sidecar Championship.”