Circuit ideal for Formula 500s
POINTS leader in the NSW Premier Formula 500 Drivers’ Series Michael Baxter is determined to maintain his consistency when he competes in the next round of the championship at Lismore Speedway tonight.
Baxter, who has a 44-point lead over Kenny Norman, has posted strong finishes in recent rounds to maintain top spot.
In the second round at Tamworth he finished fourth behind Brian Thorley, Roy Urpeth and Kenny Norman, then two weeks later in the third round at Gilgandra he was fourth again, with Urpeth taking the win.
It sets the scene for a competitive round in Lismore, a venue ideally suited to the exciting racing produced by Formula 500s.
“The earlier rounds in this series have clearly shown there is little, if anything, between the top four or five competitors,” Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said.
“Michael Baxter will certainly be there at the finish after his previous results and if form serves as a guide he will be in the top four at the completion of the main event.”
As an indication of the intensity this season of the NSW Premier Formula 500 Drivers’ Series, only 53 points separate the top three in the standings heading to Lismore.
Baxter has a 44-point break over Norman, while Scott Siemsen trails Norman by nine points in third spot.
Urpeth also looms as a strong contender – his feature race victory at Gilgandra showed he is in top form.
Urpeth is one of the most experienced drivers in the series and drives well on the Lismore circuit.
It sets the scene for an exciting round of the Formula 500 Statewide tournament.
The Formula 500s will be supported by lightning sprints, dwarf cars, AMCA Nationals, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans and junior sedans.
Promoter David Lander continues his seasonal policy of free admission for all children aged under 12 when accompanied by an adult.