AWAY AND RACING: Midget-speedcar racing is a highlight of the program at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight and Saturday.
AWAY AND RACING: Midget-speedcar racing is a highlight of the program at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight and Saturday. Contributed

Kingshott takes on the big shots of racing

SPEEDCAR star Dayne Kingshott has travelled across Australia to compete in the World Midget-Speedcar Championship at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight and Saturday.

Kingshott comes with a big reputation following some wonderful seasons of success in Western Australia after he created his own piece of history with the sanctioning West Australian Speedcar Drivers' Association.

A couple of seasons back he became the first WASDA driver to win the time-honoured Victorian Speedcar Championship and he also set a new feature race winning record of eight consecutive main event victories in WA.

He is a prolific winner of the Laurie Matthews Memorial race with four wins-in-a-row and also has dominated the annual New Year Derby at the Perth Motorplex.

Last year he raced in America and contested a number of events under the Performance Open Wheel Racing Incorporated (POWRi) banner and also ran some United States Auto Club shows driving his own team Spike/Esslinger.

Dayne has also raced with Ken Jenkins' Speedcar Super Series and in recent years he has consolidated his place on the national Speedcar scene in Australia.

In past seasons he also teamed with Brisbane car owner Bobby Smith and was given the drive of a brand new Spike/Esslinger.

That association began in Victoria in the days before the Australian Speedcar Championship a couple of years ago.

"We were out at Jamie Veal's workshop and Bobby's car was there in the process of being built,” Kingshott said

"Jamie's crew chief Glen Beaton knew we were not going to race a lot that season and gave Bobby a call saying that I might be keen to run his car in the Australian Championship and that's how the partnership started.”

In addition to racing for his own team in recent years, Dayne also has driven for WA owner Rod Bennett.

He is a proud three times winner of the Michael Figliomeni Medal, is a WA Regional Series winner, a WASDA Club Champion and way back in the 2009-2010 season he gave a clear indication of things to come when he was recipient of the Graham Jones award as the season's most improved driver.

Kingshott will take on some of the best drivers in Australia and America over the two nights of racing.

The American challenge is headed by Rico Abreu (California), Brady Bacon (Oklahoma) and Andrew Felker (Missouri). All are legitimate US champions and full time professionals.

Meanwhile, Australia Day will be celebrated at the Lismore Showground Speedway venue with a gigantic fireworks spectacular.

Promoter David Lander said yesterday he wants to honour the historical significance of the day as part of the fixture.

"We are all well aware of what this day stands for in the history of our great nation, so the best way we can honour this great day is with a massive fireworks display,” he said.

Gates open at 3pm and racing commences at 6pm.



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