Competitive father and sons know family formula
THE Norman family will be strongly represented when they contest the NSW Formula 500 Championship at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight.
Dad Kenny heads up the challenge for state title honours in company with his two racing sons Chase and Kye.
It is a family affair that will be put to the test as they strive to win a state championship with a history that stretches back to the inaugural running in 1960 at the former Windsor Speedway, west of Sydney.
"When we are on the track, we look upon each other as just opposition we have to beat but we all get on well together and love racing together,” Kenny said.
It will be a case of every man for himself as family camaraderie is put on hold in a bid to get to the chequered flag first.
A strong entry list makes this one of the most keenly contested NSW Formula 500 Championships in recent years.
Promoter David Lander first brought the event to Lismore in 2010 and his track hosted it again in 2011.
It forms part of a double-header tonight, sharing top billing with the third-running of the 100-lap Australian Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix.
Nearly 40 cars nominated for the Grand Prix, which is the longest main event contested in the category.
The race last year ran flag-to-flag and winner Kevin Willis set a track record of 24 minutes 49.932 seconds that will probably stand the test of time.
It was the first time in Australian speedway history a 100-lap race in any major category on the national scene had been run without a stoppage.
There are several big chances in the marathon, which is an endurance test for driver and car.
The support program includes Street Stocks, Junior Sedans and Production Sedans.
Gates open at 3pm with racing starting at 6pm.