LOCAL HOPE: Shane Newstead is one of the contenders for the AMCA Sedan national championship at Lismore Speedway.
LOCAL HOPE: Shane Newstead is one of the contenders for the AMCA Sedan national championship at Lismore Speedway.

Drivers come from far and wide for a big night of speedway

DRIVERS from around Australia have entered the AMCA Sedan national championship at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday and Sunday nights.

In one of the biggest meetings of the season, the V8 Dirt Modifieds, Wingless Sprintcars and Mod Lite cars share top billing with major events to be decided.

The V8 Dirt Modifieds will contest their NSW championship (Saturday) and the annual Easter Cup (Sunday) while the Wingless Sprintcars will race for honours in the Roaring 40s tournament with a 40-lap main event each night.

The Mod Lites will run their Easter trail, which is held each year in conjunction with Trevan Ford Grafton Speedway on Good Friday night in addition to the two nights at Lismore.

"Easter is a very busy time for speedway throughout Australia and this weekend will be one of the biggest of the season at Lismore," promoter David Lander said.

The Australian Motor Contest Association (AMCA) sedans represent a low budget entry category into speedway.

The cars allow very few modifications to the specified 252 and 350 GM engines and few other changes to standard components are permitted in order to control running costs.

The division was inaugurated in 1997 and is represented at all major speedways across Australia, so to have their national title in Lismore is a major coup for Lander.

Drivers have come from as far as Western Australia for the championship.

The defending titleholder is Victorian Mark Lincoln, who took out the 2015 national championship at Murray Bridge in South Australia.

Lismore regulars entered include Shane Newstead and Jim Knight, the man who won the AMCA national title for the 1998-99 season at Newcastle.

Qualifying heats will be held on Saturday night, culminating with the grand final the following evening.

Australian V8 Dirt Modified champion Kevin Britten will attempt to continue his great run in state titles this season with another victory in the NSW championship.

This weekend's events for the V8 Dirt Modifieds and Wingless Sprintcars also carry points in their respective Driver to America series season premierships.

There will also be support categories on the program each night. Gates open each day at 3pm and racing starts at 6pm.



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