NSW Formula 500 defending champion Charlie Brown will put his title on the line tomorrow night at Lismore Speedway.
NSW Formula 500 defending champion Charlie Brown will put his title on the line tomorrow night at Lismore Speedway. Tony Powell

Experience is the formula

THREE former Australian titleholders will contest the NSW Formula 500 Championship at Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.

Roy Urpeth (NSW), Michael Pronger (Queensland) and Brock Hallett (Queensland) have entered in a bid to wrest the title from defending champion Charlie Brown (Queensland).

It is one of the most experienced State Formula 500 fields in years.

Urpeth, who took out the 1990 Australian championship, is the most experienced driver on the entry list as he chases a fifth NSW title.

Urpeth is one of the most successful Formula 500 drivers in NSW championship history with four trophies, including a hat-trick in 1989, 1990 and 1991. His most recent title came in 1999.

Pronger also is a former NSW titleholder, having lifted the trophy in the year 2000.

"When you take into account the number of State or national title winners in the field, there is no doubt we have some of the best Formula 500 drivers in the country," Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander said.

"Whoever wins the championship will have certainly earned the victory."

Defending champion Charlie Brown will have his work cut out.

The final will be run over 20 laps, which will allow the backmark drivers plenty of time to stake their title claims.

Brown also is a Queensland Formula 500 champion and is one of the form drivers in the starting line-up.

The event tomorrow night is carried over from last season following a washout in March.

AMCA National sedans, wingless sprints, street stocks, four-cylinder sedans and junior sedans are also on the program.

All children aged 12 and under will continue to be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.



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