Brisbane driver Peter Thorley's sprintcar.
Brisbane driver Peter Thorley's sprintcar.

In-form Thorley is ready to rumble

QUEENSLAND driver Peter Thorley will enter the AZA Motel Sprintcar Gold Cup at Lismore Speedway on Sunday afternoon fresh from his success last weekend in the Brisbane season premiership series.

Thorley is the form driver. He competes for the highly professional ABC Auto Gear Team that also includes former Australian sprintcar champion Todd Wanless.

Both have shown good form this season and come to Lismore after a demanding campaign on the local and interstate championship trail.

Thorley said yesterday that he was looking forward to the challenge of competing on the tight Lismore bull ring this weekend.

It will be a challenge, that’s for sure,” Thorley said.

“We are certainly looking at a top five placing (in the Gold Cup).”

Thorley is not fazed by the small confines of the testing Lismore circuit.

“I like to run at the pointy end,” he said.

“We’ll treat Lismore just like any other track. We’ll go there, assess what we need to do and make the necessary changes to the car.”

Allan Woods and Brodie Tulloch are other prominent Queensland drivers to have entered for Lismore.

Defending Gold Cup champion Ian Loudoun heads a strong NSW entry list.

Loudoun has been the dominant driver in the short history of the AZA Motel-sponsored Gold Cup, though with the likes of Sam Walsh, James Thompson, Darryl Campbell, Martin Lawes, Mark Blyton, Clayton Hart, Brett Loadsman and Steve Caunt also in the starting line-up, he faces a tough assignment to win his third Gold Cup.

Caunt, who this season raced on the World Series Sprintcars Championship trail, returns to Lismore Speedway after recently contesting the NSW Formula 500 Championship at the circuit where he filled a major placing.

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