Clarke chasing elusive prize at Lismore speedway
FOUR-TIME Australian speedcar champion Adam Clarke has never won the prestigious national Diamond Air Speedcar Super Series.
He enters round two this Saturday night at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway the early point leader in the national tournament following a convincing win in the opening round main event at Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway two weeks ago.
He is in top form and brings his A-game to the Lismore Showground venue following an impressive feature race win last Saturday night in Sydney.
Clarke has won just about everything there is to win in Aussie speedcar racing, from the national title to the Australian Speedcar Grand Prix and state titles, and rates as one of the nation's all-time best, but the SSS has always eluded him.
"I hope I can do it this season,” he said.
"It is going to be tough, like always. We have just freshened up the engine and I am looking forward to getting some hard racing under our belt.
"But these rounds are never easy and always tough to win. We have had a very good start to the season and I hope I can continue it on at Lismore.”
Clarke enjoys a 190 point advantage over New South Wales star Michael Stewart, while defending SSS champion, Sydney's Nathan Smee, is placed third in the standings.
Clarke faces a strong welcoming committee for the Lismore round, with New Zealand stars Hayden Williams and Chris Gwilliam also entered.
A strong contingent of Brisbane drivers from the Queensland Speedcar Racing Association will also compete.
The race format will be run along American lines with qualifying time trials, while drivers will then contest two 10-lap heats prior to a Trophy Dash, B-Main and 30-lap feature race.
The fastest drivers against the clock will fill positions at the back of the field in the heats which provides high entertainment as they attempt to thread their way through the field in pursuit of victory and qualification into the main event.
The SSS will be supported with racing for AMCA Nationals cars, Four Cylinder, Production and Junior sedans.