Bumper speedway season ahead
THE lights will be switched on this Saturday night for another racing season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
Promoter David Lander, who is entering his 10th season at the venue, has organised 16 nights of action incorporating 14 fixtures during the 2016-17 season which extends through to late April.
"The season has plenty on offer with title events and international fixtures featuring some of the biggest names competing,” Lander said.
The season kicks off with the traditional running of the Lord Mayor's Cup for V8 Dirt Modifieds.
The event this year also incorporates the V8 Dirt Modified New South Wales Championship after the state title fell victim to bad weather last season.
The night will feature the return to action of five times Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion Tim Morse from Warrnambool, Victoria.
Morse is one of the all-time greats of the national racing scene who has not competed in the V8 Dirt Modified category for a number of years after he switched to Sprintcar racing. Morse is treating his comeback to the V8 Dirt Modified ranks seriously and will drive the latest model American TEO factory car for Maryborough's Andrew Shilleto.
Shilleto is the Australian agent for the TEO company in Vernon, New Jersey.
Wingless Sprintcar drivers will be chasing early season points in the Lismore Workers' Club Driver to America series. The first round was held last month at Lander's Grafton venue and Tim Luscombe holds a slender ten point advantage over Bradley Claridge in the current standings.
A highlight of the Lismore season will be the Australia Day blockbuster over two nights - January 26 and 28 - when some of the biggest names in American Speedcar racing will challenge the best from Australia and New Zealand in the final two rounds of the World Midget Championship.
Four NSW championships will be contested this season featuring the Formula 500s (January 13 and 14), Wingless Sprints (March 4), National Fours Sedans (April 1) and V8 Dirt Modifieds (2017 title, April 29).
The Wingless Sprints are set for a big season and another highlight will be the annual Australian Grand Prix over 100 laps in a big two-night show on January 13 and 14.
V8 410 cubic inch Sprintcars return to the Lismore Showground bull ring for the final round of the Easter Sprintcar trail on April 16.
Gates open at 3pm on Saturday, with the first race at 6pm.