Former speedway champion Paul O’Neill, who will make a return to the track at Lismore Speedway later this month.
Former speedway champion Paul O’Neill, who will make a return to the track at Lismore Speedway later this month. DAVID NIELSEN

The Comeback Kid

FORMER Australian Grand National Sedan Test match representative driver Paul O’Neill will come out of retirement to contest the Super Sedan 30/30 International at Lismore Speedway on Saturday, November 29.

O’Neill, who owns and operates the Lismore Nissan and Kia car dealership, has not raced speedway for five years.

He will team with another comeback driver Ross Brims for the twin 30-lap main events.

O’Neill is returning to the track for only the 30/30 and says his days as an active competitor finished when he won the annual East Coast Super Sedan at Lismore Speedway in 2003.

“I have loved the sport for a long, long time and I think this 30/30 event is good for the sport,” he said.
“When I heard of the 30/30 concept I was immediately interested.

“Then I received a phone call from Ross. When Ross rang me I jumped at the chance to again race and the rest is history, as they say.

“To me the most important factor here is that this 30/30 event is good for the sport.

“I enjoyed my time in speedway and if I can put something back into the sport like participating in this race, then I’ll do it. It’s great to be involved.

“The 30/30 already has attracted plenty of interest and the line-up of drivers will make this a great spectacle.”

O’Neill, 49, started his career at Lismore Speedway aged 16 driving an FC Holden in sedan events.
He later travelled to Sydney to race on the pavement at the former Liverpool City Raceway.

His career gained considerable momentum after some strong performances at Liverpool and he later became one of Australia’s biggest names in the Grand National Sedan category

O’Neill gained selection in the national team for the annual season Test match clashes at Liverpool City Raceway against touring Americans.

O’Neill was a national championship star of the Australian Grand National Sedan scene when this particular class of racing dominated speedway.

Drivers from the United States and interstate, involving a variety of racecar categories, have combined for the inaugural Super Sedan 30/30 International.

The fixture represents a new, exciting innovation on the super sedan scene.


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