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Country star shifts gear to become speedway driver

REVVED: Country music star Adam Brand will race this weekend at the Lismore Speedway.
REVVED: Country music star Adam Brand will race this weekend at the Lismore Speedway. Marc Stapelberg

SWASHBUCKLING country singer Adam Brand has swapped his microphone for the steering wheel to satisfy his need for speed by competing in the Legend series at the Lismore speedway this weekend.

Arriving at the raceway in a helicopter yesterday morning, the award-winning country music singer didn't waste any time jumping into his racing overalls to do a couple of warm-up laps of the circuit.

The singer was pretty sure his stage success wouldn't transfer to the track, but that wouldn't stop him having a great time.

"I am a very amateur race car driver, I'm not much good at it, but I just love racing," he said.

"Its fun, it gives me a grin from ear to ear.

"I would be racing shopping trolleys if I could, it doesn't matter what it is, I just love getting out there and going wheel to wheel.

"I don't expect to stand up there with a trophy but I do expect to really enjoy myself.

"These Legend Cars are fantastic they look great, like something out of the 50s or 60s, but they go pretty fast."

The Legend series of racing vehicle made their debut at the Lismore Speedway last night, and will feature again at tonight's event where 20 drivers will compete, some from as far as Canberra, according to promoter David Lander.

The smallish, one-person cars are powered by Yamaha motorbike engines up to 1200cc, and cost about $16,000 new.

The weekend racing card also includes a 100-lap wingless sprint car event, four-cylinder sedans as well as novelty events like jet cars, Mr Lander said.

Last year's winner of the Bathurst 1000 Paul Morris, will also be contesting the Legends series.

Mr Morris, co-driving Chaz Mostert's Ford, came from last position to win the big race.

The Legend series of cars may look like vintage vehicles on the outside but they were "racing cars underneath," he said.

"We came here to win, we're pretty serious about it," Mr Morris said.

Topics:  driver, racing, speedway




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