Linigen late entrant to Gold Cup
THE little lady from Sydney with the heavy right foot, Kelly Linigen, and Brisbane driver Brock Dean are late entrants for the $5000-to-win Sprintcar Gold Cup at Lismore Speedway tomorrow afternoon.
Linigen, 31, who has had 10 years’ sprintcar racing experience, hopes to go one better than her previous appearance in the Gold Cup last season when she finished runner-up to Ian Loudoun.
She has been one of the prominent drivers at Sydney’s Parramatta City Raceway this past summer season and is looking forward to again racing on the smaller Lismore circuit.
“I like Lismore,” Linigen said yesterday.
“It’s a good track and I am really keen to get out there this Sunday to run in the Gold Cup.
“We have come well prepared and will set the car up to run well and qualify through the early heats.”
Linigen comes from a racing family. Her father competed in Super Modifieds and sprintcars, while her grandfather was a Sydney sidecar star in the 1950s.
Brock Dean also has enjoyed a strong season and is ready to take on some of the country’s best sprintcar drivers.
The Gold Cup carries a total prizemoney purse of $20,000.
“It’s a good line-up of cars considering it is at the end of a long season of sprintcar racing around the country,” Lismore promoter David Lander said.
“I was uncertain initially what the final car count would be, but it has come good and the fans will see some great sprintcar racing.”
A strong contingent of NSW drivers will accompany Kelly Linigen to Lismore.
Defending Gold Cup champion Ian Loudoun is chasing a perfect winning record in the three-year history of the event as he aims for his third win.
Other NSW drivers in contention are young Sam Walsh, Martin Lawes, James Thompson, Steve Caunt, Mark Blyton, Adam Wray and Brett Loadsman.
Queensland contenders include former Australian sprintcar champion Todd Wanless and teammate Peter Thorley.
Thorley last weekend took out the 2009-10 season Queensland Sprintcar Premiership Series in Brisbane.
Other Queensland drivers are Allan Woods and Brodie Tulloch.
Qualifying events will determine the starting line-up for the lucrative Gold Cup final.