Champs get green light
LUCAS Oil Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander has come to the rescue of organisers and at late notice agreed to run the NSW AMCA Sedan Championship at his Lismore venue tomorrow night.
The championship was originally scheduled to be decided at Dubbo's Morris Park Speedway.
However, because of the uncertainty of the weather in the area over the next couple of weeks, the venue's promoter made the decision last weekend to cancel the event.
After learning of Dubbo Speedway's late call, Lander spoke with state Australian Motor Contest Association (AMCA) organisers and immediately scheduled the championship for the Lismore Showground circuit.
The NSW AMCA Sedan Championship has had a troubled recent history and this weekend's running will be the first time in three seasons the NSW championship for the AMCA category has been run.
"Weather has plagued this event the past three years and it looked like once again the race would not be run," Lander said.
"AMCA race officials have had a pretty tough time, so when it became clear that I could slot it into this weekend's programme, I made the call to run their NSW championship this weekend."
Lander has been rewarded with more than 30 entries, headed by reigning Australian champion Campbell Hughes from Victoria.
The nominations are very strong, with local favourite, former multi-national and state titleholder Jim Knight, in the field.
Knight is one of the most experienced drivers in the starting line-up and is certain to press his claims for victory.
Drivers from Sydney and Brisbane have rallied around the event after being notified of the venue change and will be on hand this weekend at the Lismore Showground.
Casino driver Shane Newstead has fitted a new motor for his title assault and will put the car through its paces in a practice session on the track today before contesting the championship.