Back at the track
LUCAS Oil Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander has committed to another five years' involvement with the venue.
Lander this week picked up the option of another five years conducting speedway racing at the Showground facility and signed off on a new leasing arrangement with the controlling Lismore Showground Society.
"I am committed to the long haul and have agreed to another five years which will give me the opportunity to further consolidate what I have already put in place," Lander said yesterday.
He enjoys a good working relationship with Lismore City Council officials and sees great potential for speedway in the Northern Rivers area.
Lander, with more than 23 years' experience operating speedway venues, took over the Lismore Speedway for the 2008/2009 season.
"We have some of the best competitors in Australia racing at our venue and that is a great base to work from," he said. "I still want to run some big events at the ground in coming seasons, so as far as I am concerned, it remains a work in progress."
Lander, who during the 60s and 70s was a leading national super-modified competitor - highlighted by his 1970 runner-up finish in the Australian Championship - at present just wants an even break with the weather and sunny days as he attempts to get this Saturday night's caravan, boat and dunny derby run and won.
The event was washed out on April 28, so Lander is hoping the sun will shine this Saturday. "That's really what speedway promoting is like, you know. It's betting on whether the sun will shine on the day you conduct a race meeting," he said.
Like many outdoor sports, weather will always be the determining factor and Lander has certainly done it tough this season.
He has copped four washouts, while six of the 14 fixtures conducted so far this season have been weather-affected.
It has not been his best season, so all the more reason why he wants to wake up on Saturday morning to a sunny day.
Racecar categories will support the caravan, boat and dunny derby this weekend in a big variety night of speedway racing.