Mark Robinson at Lismore Speedway.
Mark Robinson at Lismore Speedway. TONY POWELL

Gearing up for a 'season of speed'

LISMORE Speedway opens its gates on Saturday night for the new season with the running of the annual Lord Mayor's Cup for V8 Dirt Modifieds.

This race has become one of the major V8 Dirt Modified events on the east coast and a big entry list is anticipated for the prestigious trophy.

The Lord Mayor's Cup sets the scene for what on paper looks a big season of action over 16 race nights between this weekend and the final fixture of the 2008-09 season next May.

All of the major racecar categories including V8 Dirt Modifieds, Super Sedans, Street Stocks, Four-Cylinder Sedans, Junior Sedans, Modified Production Sedans, Speedcars, AMCA Nationals, Compact Speedcars, Formula 500s and even dwarf cars will be featured during the 2008-09 season.

A highlight of the upcoming season will be the appearance of several highly rated American drivers, in addition to the running of the Australian Super Sedan Championship over two big nights of racing on February 20 and 21, next year.

Two Americans - Steve Frances and Clint Smith - have been confirmed for early in the season and will make their season debut on November 29 when the inaugural Super Sedan Challenge is decided. This event represents an exciting new concept with twin 30-lap feature races contested by teams of two drivers.

A driver change is mandatory at the end of the first 30-lapper, while some former sedan drivers have been enticed to make a return to the track for the race.

Meanwhile, competitors from other racecar categories have entered for the event.

Promoter David Lander has worked long and hard during the off-season in his bid to make the 2008-09 season one of the best in the long history of the circuit.

His successful application for the running of the 2009 Australian Super Sedan Championship represents a major coup for the circuit.

“It is terrific to have this national title event for super sedans at our venue,” Lander said this week. “It will not only bring together the best super sedan drivers in Australia, but will also bring in plenty of visitors to Lismore which will be good for the local economy.”

Meanwhile, a big bonus for fans this coming Saturday night at the season opener is a new pricing policy that allows free entry for children under 12.

Lander believes that in these tough economic times such a strategy is vital and his 'children under 12 free entry policy' applies to all fixtures this coming season.

In a build-up to the new summer of speed at Lismore Speedway, drivers Peter Britten and Simon Jupe will make an appearance at Paul O'Neill's Lismore Nissan and Kia dealership on Saturday morning.

Two of the recently imported American Troyer V8 Dirt Modified cars also will be displayed.

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