Top drivers vie for a Lismore classic
ONE of Australia's longest running and most prestigious speedway events will be run for the 35th time in Lismore this weekend.
It's the Trevan Ford Super Sedan East Coast Grand National over two nights.
Competitors from three States have converged on Bartercard Lismore Speedway for the event.
The event has a rich history and includes many of Australia's biggest speedway names among the list of winners, several of whom will be in action again this year.
While the field is a little smaller than previous years ? a spectacular crash in Brisbane last weekend left several drivers unable to compete ? the quality of the field is exceptional with six State or national champions taking part.
The race doubles as the 15th round of the Aussie Trackwear Super Sedan Championship Series and series leader Jamie McHugh will look to extend his advantage with victory in the 50-lap feature tomorrow night.
A feature race winner at this venue previously, McHugh will be out to bounce back after he failed to finish last weekend.
The Gold Coast ace is the Queensland champion and has scored seven feature race wins this season.
Another looking for maximum points and the $5000 first prize is local ace Wayne Brims, who is second in the series points.
He will be desperate to win on his home track and close the gap.
Brims took out the NSW title earlier in the season and will be determined to keep the Grand National trophy south of the border.
Wayne Randall, a former Casino resident now based in Brisbane, still regards the Lismore venue as his favourite and he loves returning to perform in front of family and friends.
Randall, the defending series champion, is third in the points and fresh from a thrilling win last weekend in Brisbane.
He is a previous winner of this event and last year finished second.
Former national champ Darren Kane took out the event last year at his first attempt, edging out Randall.
Point to prove
Having replaced Randall as the driver for the Ian Boettcher Race Parts team, Kane has a point to prove this year, seeking a first feature race win for his new team.
Victorian champion Lucas Roberts returns north for another attempt at the race after he experienced mixed fortunes in his inaugural visit last year.
Roberts was sensational in the Saturday night preliminary feature last year, scoring an upset win before making a spectacular exit from the main event when he flipped his Pontiac in spectacular fashion.
Having successfully defended his Victorian title just a few weeks ago, Roberts will again be a serious contender.
The most experienced driver in the field is local veteran John Leslight, a driver who has probably completed more laps of the Lismore circuit than anyone else and is a multiple winner of this race.
A five-time Queensland champion, Leslight finished third here last year and loves these longer races, where experience and tactics are often more important than outright speed.
As the laps wind down, expect to see Leslight surging towards the front.
Other drivers expected to feature prominently in the results are Toowoomba's Lenny Black, former Australian Modified Production champion Ian Brims and Brisbane veteran Paul Geary, who is enjoying the best season of his career, running fourth overall in the series standings.
The much-travelled Des Korn, who topped qualifying last weekend before a flat tyre forced him out of the feature race, is also in the star-studded field.
So too are Dubbo's Frank Armstrong, Brisbane's Paul Carlish, former Queensland champion Michael Doblo from Rockhampton and Newcastle's Nathan Disney, who has had impressive results this season at Parramatta Raceway in Sydney.
In addition to the on-track action, the Super Sedan Association will have give-aways galore throughout the weekend.
Gates will open at 3pm with the racing from 6pm.