Fireworks on and off the track

LISMORE Speedway will hold a big fireworks display this weekend to celebrate Australia Day in conjunction with the V8 Dirt Modified Masters Championship.

Promoter David Lander will put on two big nights of speedway racing this Saturday and Sunday evening.

The fireworks will be featured in the Sunday night show, with thousands of dollars of fireworks to go up in smoke.

“Not only will we have two bites of great speedway racing with some of the best drivers in the country competing, but I am aware of the importance of Australia Day celebrations,” Lander said.

“We will have a huge fireworks display on the Sunday evening which I’m sure that not only the kids, but adults as well will enjoy.”

Racing will be highlighted by the V8 Dirt Modified Masters Championship.

This is one of the high-profile events on the Lismore Speedway calendar and a big entry list has been received.

The defending champion is Darren Latimer, who will have his work cut out retaining the title.

Australian V8 Dirt Modified champion Peter Britten heads the entry list of drivers from three States.

Lismore star Mark Robinson is back behind the wheel of a V8 Dirt Modified after he drove a smaller Formula 500 machine at the meeting last Saturday.

Formula 500s are a small-scale version of a sprintcar in appearance and a spectacular form of speedway. However, Robinson is more at home in his V8 Dirt Modified and enters the Masters a strong favourite.

Also on the card are the NSW Dwarf Cars Championship and the State title for the Compact Speedcars.

The Compact Speedcar category is billed as the Queensland championship after Compact Speedcar officials approached Lander to run their State title when organisers could not secure a Queensland venue.