Interest builds in 30/30 meet
The inaugural 30/30 event has created massive interest and attracted the best line-up of drivers outside of the Australian Super Sedan Championship.
The 30/30 is a new concept on the national super sedan racing scene where teams comprising two drivers contest twin 30-lap main events and heats.
The race format allows for a break between the respective 30-lap feature races to not only change drivers but to allow pit crews to re-fuel and service racecars in front of the general public on the racetrack in preparation for the second stanza of the tournament round.
The two-round series culminates with the running of the tournament grand final at Lismore Speedway after the first leg of the twin-track series was held last weekend at Toowoomba’s Charlton Raceway.
Australian Modified Production Sedan Champion Todd Doyle has entered, while V8 Dirt Modified stars Luke Oldfield and Peter Britten also will contest the 30/30.
The event also has enticed local businessman and auto dealer Paul O’Neill out of retirement for a one-race exclusive appearance at Lismore Speedway where over the years he drove to many victories.
O’Neill has teamed with another comeback driver Ross Brims.
However, the combination all teams have to beat is current Australian Super Sedan titleholder Jamie McHugh and 2008 national title placegetter Matt Pascoe.
The duo clean-sheeted the opposition at Toowoomba in the first round and enter the decider strong favourites.
McHugh announced his retirement after he won the Australian title earlier this year, but the temptation to race in the inaugural 30/30 Super Sedan Spectacular was too great and he’s back on the track.
After his performance at Toowoomba, McHugh is as good as ever.
Other combinations who enjoy favouritism are Craig McGeorge and Luke Oldfield, Michael Nicola and Peter Nicola, Adam Bradford and Peter Britten, and Ian Brims and John Leslight.
Leslight is one of the most experienced drivers in the field with close on three decades of racing experience.
Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander is delighted with the success of the 30/30 and says the concept has exceeded all expectations.
“When a new type of event is introduced to speedway people, it is not always guaranteed to work successfully and be widely accepted,” he said.
“But the 30/30 has captured everyone’s imagination and the fact that we have the big names of Australian Super Sedan racing on hand says volumes to how the competitors feel about this event.”
Lander also pointed out that as part of his family entertainment promotions at Lismore Speedway all children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free, a policy Lander has adopted for all his fixtures this season.