Promoter promises to put on a show for Lismore Speedway
LISMORE Speedway will have a new promoter for the 2007-08 summer racing season, with Sydneysider David Lander taking up the new licence from Greg Coombes.
Lander is recognised in Australia, the United States and New Zealand as an experienced speedway promoter.
He puts a lot of emphasis on the presentation of speedway to the spectator.
"It's here that a night of racing becomes a night of entertainment," he said.
Lander has seen racing from both sides of the fence, having been a competitor in the 1970s, driving Super Modifieds, then as a car salesman, establishing the successful Lander Toyota dealership.
But he could not contain his passion for speedway forever, so when the opportunity came up to purchase Parramatta City Raceway (PCR) he did so and promptly transformed the venue into the home of sprintcar racing in Australia.
In 1998 he also purchased the Newcastle Motordrome and renamed it the Newcastle Speedway. He later also acquired Gunnedah Speedway.
In 2001 he and his assistant Wade Aunger took over World Series Sprintcars and began promoting the national tournament. He sold Parramatta City Raceway to allow more time to work on the WSS and another international project.
In 2002 Lander promoted the expensive Australian round of the World Speedway Grand Prix at Sydney's Olympic Stadium to a worldwide TV audience.
Shortly after Lander sold his speedway and moved back into the car sales industry, where he's been until now.
As a promoter, Lander hopes to revamp Lismore Speedway.
"It's a great speedway anyway, so there's no need to go changing things for the sake of change," Lander said.
"There's a great competitor base on the Northern Rivers and I'm going to encourage the teams to race with us even more so than in the past.
"We're going to place a lot of emphasis on entertaining the public.
"There's a big difference between a race and a show. Teams and spectators will be well aware of that after our first few events."