National title on the line
By BEN DALEY
SIXTY-TWO drivers will vie for the Carter Racing Team / Wants Transport Australian Modified Production Sedan Championship at Bartercard Lismore Speedway this weekend.
The drivers, their crew, families, friends and even fans from every State have converged on Lismore for two massive days of Easter speedway racing, all in the hunt to become the new Australian modified production sedan champion
Defending champion Peter Lack will be favoured to take a third straight national championship, despite some bad luck at two recent Lismore meetings.
His latest mishap was a left rear wheel departing his VY Commodore while holding a commanding lead.
Lack, also the NSW champion, will be tested by other State champions in Todd Doyle (Queensland), Craig Williams (Tasmania), Martin Hawson (SA) and David Ellement (WA).
The only State champion not in Lismore is Victoria's Darrin Cockrill.
At least 20 drivers are genuine contenders and if the previous Australian title held in Lismore is anything to go by, this weekend's title race should be a thriller.
Lismore Automobile Club drivers won't let the out-of-towners off lightly, either, as they try to capitalise on their home track advantage.
The previous time the championship was hosted by Lismore in 2000, local driver Jason Jolley took a satisfying victory in an action-packed event.
Lismore father-and-son team Bob and Greg Worling have both won Australian championships and will also be out to take a home track victory.
Other good chances are Garry Brown, Ashley Parkinson and Michael Hally.
Event sponsor Wayne Carter is from Carter Racing Team, a local modified production sedan team that will also take part in the championships.
He said that backing the event was a highlight for himself and his family.
"I've been involved in modified production racing since I started more than 20 years ago, and decided that I wanted to put something back into the sport," he said.
"I have wanted to sponsor a show for a while and when the title was given to Lismore, I jumped at the chance."
John Want of Wants Transport, a long-time sponsor of the Carter Racing Team, is also a major supporter of the event.
In addition to the production sedan championship, the V8 Dirt Modified Easter Trail is also on the weekend program.
With the V8s and production cars racing both nights ? tonight and tomorrow ? the action will be thick and fast.
Gates will open at 3pm both days.