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Baxter keen to lead

ONLY 53 points separate the top three in the NSW Premier Formula 500 Drivers’ Series heading into the next round at Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.

In one of the most keenly contested tournaments in years, the Formula 500s take centre stage in Lismore as NSW star Michael Baxter attempts to protect his lead in the series.

He has a 44-point advantage over Kenny Norman, while Scott Siemsen trails nine points behind Norman in third.

Veteran Formula 500 racer Roy Urpeth (NSW) is also in strong contention, just eight points adrift of Siemsen.

It sets the scene for what will be one of the most vital rounds of the State-wide tournament.

More than 20 drivers from Queensland and NSW have entered.

They will contest three rounds of eight-lap heats before the 20-lap feature race.

Each round will consist of two heats, while the highest pointscorer from the qualifying heats will start from the rear of the field in the main event.

It’s an exciting program that should produce close and intense Formula 500 action on the tight Lismore circuit.

“We don’t program the Formula 500s all that often but I must say that every time I have had them here they have exceeded all my expectations and Saturday night will be no exception,” Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said.

Baxter has had a great series, but this round looms as one of the toughest as Norman also has been in white hot form.

The series is supported by the NSW branch of the National Association of Speedway Racing (NASR), the chief controlling body of the sport.

Most of the Formula 500 cars are powered by Yamaha R6 engines and these tiny cars are not only very exciting, but look in appearance like a small version of a sprintcar.

The Formula 500s will be supported by lightning sprints, dwarf cars, AMCA Nationals sedans, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans and junior sedans.

Lander will continue his gate admission policy of all children under 12 accompanied by an adult being admitted free.