Experience in US plus for Hayden
FLYING New Zealander Hayden Williams will bring a wealth of experience to the Diamond Air Speedcar Super Series second round at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight.
Williams, 25, is accustomed to racing at international level, having competed in the United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget Week series in the American Mid-West.
His home circuit, Western Springs Speedway in Auckland, is a noted hot-bed of Midget racing at the high time of the season when the international challenge series takes centre stage.
His US experience also has helped him develop skills to adapt to different tracks.
"It's totally challenging for me racing in America,” he said.
"They have totally different surfaces, some are high banked tracks and you have to learn each track pretty well straight away.”
Williams is familiar with Australian racing conditions and the tight Lismore circuit.
He is part of a formidable Kiwi trio that also comprises international star Brad Mosen and top rating Chris Gwilliam.
The New Zealand assault on the Diamond Air Speedcar Super Series, which is in its 12th edition of operation since being revived for the 2005-2006 season, cannot be taken lightly.
The line-up for tomorrow night is impressive, headed by four-time Australian champion and Super series points leader Adam Clarke.
Defending series titleholder Nathan Smee, Michael Stewart, Paul Murphy and Aidan Corish - all well placed in the standings - are others who will chase the points.
They will face some of the best drivers from the Queensland Speedcar Racing Association (QSRA) who also have nominated.
Promoter Dave Lander is happy with the entry list, which yesterday stood at 25 cars.
"We have an impressive line-up of cars and drivers and the Midget shows featuring the top names have always provided great racing entertainment,” he said.
"I don't expect anything different this weekend.”
The Lismore racing strip is in mint condition after a new dust-free racing surface comprising a clay compound was put down prior before the season opened two weeks ago.
Sydney driver Michael Jordan has extended family connections on the Northern Rivers, with his uncles having been involved in other forms of motor sport such as hill climb events.
Jordan is on the pace early in the speedcar series with several podium results.
Other racing categories will support the speedcars tomorrow night. Gates open at 3pm with racing from 6pm.