Formula for excitement
By DENNIS NEWLYN DRIVERS from six States will contest the Australian Formula 500 Championship at Lismore Speedway this weekend. The championship will be held over two nights, with heats set down today and the national championship grand final tomorrow.
The defending titleholder is Victorian Ben McLeod, who took out the national championship at Maryborough Speedway in Queensland last season.
The biggest State representation comes from Queensland, with more than 20 drivers entered, while late entries from the west coast have swelled WA numbers to eight.
Among the line-up from Western Australia is the most experienced driver in the field, 75-year-old Bill Richards, who has missed only one appearance in the Australian Formula 500 Championship since its inception in 1964.
Promoter David Lander has planned a big weekend of speedway action, with the spectacular V8 Dirt Modifieds also programmed to contest their Summer Slam Series grand final tomorrow night.
"The best Formula 500 drivers in the country have converged on Lismore for the running of their national championship and many of the teams have travelled a very long distance to attend the title," Lander said.
"With the V8 Dirt Modified Summer Slam still up for grabs, their national series will go right down to the final race, which typifies the intensity of their series." The National Formula 500 Championship will be keenly contested and there are a number of chances for title honours.
Meanwhile, the V8 Dirt Modified Summer Slam Series Grand Final is the culmination of an exciting six-round tournament that has crossed three States during the 2007-2008 summer season.
Multi national champion Tim Morse leads the series, while former Australian champions Scott Cannon and Mark Robinson remain in contention.
A big list of nominations has been received by V8 Dirt Modified organisers for the title decider.