News

Speedway community rally around Lukey

Luke Watt beside #94, his trusty old Toyota Corolla.
Luke Watt beside #94, his trusty old Toyota Corolla. Rebecca Lolback

THE Lismore Speedway community has rallied around Pimlico's Luke Watt following a dramatic on-track crash that destroyed the disabled racer's car and halted his ambitious season.

The Get Lukey Back On The Track page at GoFundMe, started by Parramatta City Raceway commentator Wade Aunger, has mustered $1040 of its $5000 target to rebuild #94 - Mr Watt's speedy little Toyota Corolla.

The Dhu family from Casino, who raced alongside Mr Watt, is donating manpower and parts.

At this rate, Mr Watt will be back on track for the National 4 Cylinder NSW Title at Cullen Bullen Raceway on January 30.

"The crash happened a few weeks ago," Mr Watt explained.

"We were just testing the car out before the titles. It was the first heat of the first lap, me and another car came together and my car lost it, spat me into the wall head first. It was devastating to lose the car with the titles coming up."

 

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Luke Watt with partner Bridie Evans, who has been a massive part of his success and, inset, the beloved Toyota Corolla that needs to be rebuiilt following a crash.
SHOW OF SUPPORT: Luke Watt with partner Bridie Evans, who has been a massive part of his success and, inset, the beloved Toyota Corolla that needs to be rebuiilt following a crash. Luke Mortimer

Mr Watt, 21, was born with caudal regression syndrome, which means he is missing the lower part of his spine, resulting in his legs not forming properly.

However with the use of custom hand controls, he claimed the current number three National 4 Cylinder position in NSW and won last season's Rookie of the Year.

"I was leading point scores and had a podium in almost every race of the season until the crash," Mr Watt said. "But luckily, it turned out my girlfriend Bridie's mum is good friends with the commentator at Parramatta. He got on the PA while we were down there and said before the big race, 'I wanna get this guy back on the track'.

"They treated me like an absolute celebrity, it was pretty cool."

Mr Watt said he was overwhelmed by the support. He thanked his mum and dad, Kerrie Courtney, the Dhu family and, of course, Bridie.

"She's an enormous support," he said.

"I wasn't in a good spot when I crashed the car, but Bridie sat down and talked to me for hours, talking about what we could do."

Donate at www.gofundme.com/s6sntmbg.

Topics:  lismore speedway, speedway



How this Lismore barista took out international title

Lismore Gloria Jeans barista Justin Porrett has been named the RFG International Barista Champion.

"Coffee is all about the connection you have with people"

The strange history of our clock tower revealed

The old Post and Telegraph office in Molesworth Street

Artwork explores town's timekeeper

Big weekend of action for North Coast Road Racers

ABOVE: Jayden Backshall (blue bike) and Wes Pither are the two youngest members of the North Coast Road Racers.

Young riders get in on the competition with North Coast Road Racers

Local Partners

Tommy goes home in emotional Bachelorette episode

The Bachelorette contestant Tommy Saggus.

BRISBANE bachelor hopes show will give him more confidence.

Mmmm .... Melon and meat - a winning combination

Get your rockmelon seeds with today's paper.

Make great bruschetta treat from fruits of today's FREE seeds

Top five in entertainment this week

ALT-ELECTRONIC: This weekend you get a chance to listen to Still Fighting, the new single by local band Tijuana Cartel.

Music and comedy with a splash of partying

Kim Kardashian West wants restraining order against prankster

She was attacked by Vitalii Sediuk for the second time in two years

Who's getting up on stage this week?

HITS: THE Eagles  Band is a tribute to Southern California's most famous musical group, The Eagles. One of the most successful bands of the 70s, The Eagles enjoyed massive worldwide success and conquered the world and even today, the concert DVD Hell Freezes Over is still the best selling DVD ever. Enjoy this tribute band at the Ballina RSL Club tomorrow Friday from 8pm. $54.90.

All the gigs for this busy entertainment week

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities