The sprintcar of defending Gold Cup champion Ian Loudoun.
The sprintcar of defending Gold Cup champion Ian Loudoun. Jo Richards

Sprintcar champ chasing hat-trick

DEFENDING Sprintcar Gold Cup champion Ian Loudoun says he needs to bring his A-game to the track when he defends the trophy at Lismore Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Loudoun will be out to complete a hat-trick in the three-year history of the Gold Cup, sponsored this weekend by the AZA Motel.

However, Loudon is the first to admit he faces a tough afternoon.

“It is a hard format that we are running, so it will be very important to qualify well to get a strong starting position in the main event,” he said.

Loudoun has to overcome a lack of racing in recent months since the Sydney season finished seven weeks ago.

“We haven’t run for a couple of months, but we know our way around Lismore,” he said.

“It is time to regroup and get on with the job.

“We are going to Lismore for only one thing – and that is to win.”

Loudoun will have strong opposition.

Former national sprintcar champion Todd Wanless has entered and will be accompanied by his ABC Auto Gear teammate Pete Thorley, who is in hot form.

Wanless and Thorley are race fit after having competed last weekend at the Brisbane International Speedway.

Thorley wrapped up the Brisbane sprintcar season premiership and ran consistently in some of the major sprintcar events around the country this past summer.

NSW stars Sam Walsh, Martin Lawes, Mark Blyton, James Thompson, Brett Loads-man and Darryl Campbell have swelled the entry list to nearly 30.

The latest entry comes from experienced Sydney female sprintcar driver Kelly Linigen.

Known as the ‘little lady with the heavy right foot’, Kelly is primed for a big performance when she challenges for the Gold Cup.

She drives one of the most competitive cars in the country and will certainly put her 10-year track racing experience to good use as a major contender.

All children aged 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

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