MEN TO BEAT: Australian Formula 500 champion Liam Williams (above left) and Kevin Willis, who will defend his Australian Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix title.
MEN TO BEAT: Australian Formula 500 champion Liam Williams (above left) and Kevin Willis, who will defend his Australian Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix title.

Lismore all set for two big nights of speedway

QUALIFYING heats for the Wingless Sprintcar Australian Grand Prix at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight will be vital.

The heats lead into the 100-lap final tomorrow night, which is the longest Wingless Sprintcar race in Australia, with the normal distance for a main event in the category being 50 laps.

The race presents a whole new ball game for drivers and crews.

Tactics for a feature event twice as long as any other will come into play.

This is only the third running of the event since it was first held in 2015 but the Grand Prix has established itself in a short time on the national calendar.

Wingless Sprintcars have dramatically increased in numbers and Lismore promoter David Lander says the car counts are getting higher.

"The 100-lap race we had last year was a wonderful event,” Lander said yesterday.

"The drivers did a great job and it showed me these Wingless Sprintcars over the past seven or eight years have been a great acquisition to the national speedway scene.

"Their numbers will continue to grow through the Australian Wingless Sprint Racing national controlling body, so their future looks bright.”

Race organisers have received 38 entries for the Grand Prix.

The other highlight of the two-night meeting will be the NSW Formula 500 Championship.

In contrast to the recent establishment of the Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix, the state title for the Formula 500s goes back a long way.

The race was first held in 1960 and is now one of the longest-running events on the Australian speedway calendar.

Its history makes this a special title and a strong entry list will ensure the 2017 edition is the equal of the great races of the past.

The line-up is headed by the Australian champion Liam Williams, who has been in good form this season.

Both categories have qualifying heats tonight leading into their finals tomorrow night.



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