Big weekend of wingless sprintcar racing at speedway
DRIVERS from Goulburn, Sydney, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast have entered the Wingless Sprintcar Australian Grand Prix at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
The event, which will be held over two nights (Friday and Saturday) has attracted more than 30 entries.
A surprise entrant is speedcar driver Brayden Willmington, who was involved in a spectacular crash at Sydney Speedway two weeks ago.
A new champion will be crowned because last year's winner, Adam Wallis, no longer races in the category.
It sets up a tough weekend of racing for one of the fastest-growing race car classes on the current national speedway scene.
It is also the longest race of the season for the Wingless Sprints.
Tomorrow is set aside for three rounds of qualifying heats and preliminary feature events, while Saturday night will see the running of the B-main as a prelude to the ton of laps.
"There will be plenty of laps put down by the Wingless drivers over the weekend," promoter David Lander said.
"Last year's 100 lapper was a terrific race with a low rate of attrition.
"The Wingless division are accustomed to running long distance races, however many are only 50 laps.
"The extra distance will require a different game plan and race strategy.
"All laps - including a yellow light caution period - will count toward the total distance of the race.
"Pit stops will be optional for drivers who want to take on fuel and fresh tyres, but those competitors who go to the infield pit area cannot enter the race until a yellow light is shown."
This rule is implemented by the national organisation governing wingless sprintcar racing in this country, the Sprintcar Control Council of Australia (SCCA).
There is the potential for a driver who makes a pit stop to spend the rest of the event on the infield, if the remainder of the race goes flag-to-flag.
Local drivers who come into pre-race calculations are last year's placegetters Warren King and David Eggins.
Both have had good seasons to date and are considered chances, while other Lismore regulars Mick Santin, Adam Bailey, Robert Mazzer, Cameron Nixon and Kevin Willis, also share favouritism.
A big support program will also be seen in action on both nights.
Gates open at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm.