Lismore Speedway driver Mathew Claydon in his number-71 car.
Lismore Speedway driver Mathew Claydon in his number-71 car. Supplied

Claydon speeds in for charity day

THE decision to hold a charity day for the Leukaemia Foundation was an easy one for Lismore Speedway driver Matt Claydon.

Claydon and his brother-in-law Brett Whitney will be at the Lismore Paint Centre on Saturday to sign autographs and take pictures for kids.

They hope some of the money raised can go towards Lismore's Australian champion Mark Robinson's daughter Allie, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.

"We're keen to put something back into the community and it's for a good cause," Claydon said.

"It's pretty appropriate with Mark Robinson's daughter having leukemia too."

Claydon had his first year in senior competition this year and raced in the four cylinder division.

He will race in the Lismore event this Saturday and has already had success on his home track this season.

"I've had three podium finishes at Lismore," he said.

"I've had two seconds and a third but the highlight of the year was finishing 10th in the King of Australia four cylinder series.

"I had between 10 and 15 events and I still want the win before the end of the season.

"Its good to race with the home track advantage and we still have a couple of months to go."

Claydon hopes to move into the modified production races in the next couple of years and 22-year-old Whitney is in the V8 Dirt Modifieds.

"I'm starting to get serious about racing and you have to be on your game every week in seniors," Claydon said.

"Four cylinder is a lot cheaper and its a stepping stone for bigger things."

Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander is thrilled with what Claydon and Whitney are doing.

"They raised a fair whack of money last time they held a fundraiser like this," Lander said.

"Hopefully by getting their faces out there they might be able to get some sponsorship along the way.

"You never know where sponsors might come from.

"They have both shown talent on the track and if they keep going they will only get better."

The Lismore Paint Centre will hold special deals with a sausage sizzle between 9am and noon.



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