Martin keen to protect series lead
LITTLE separates the top 10 in the points standings in the Lismore Workers Club Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America series going into the first long-distance feature race of the season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway tonight.
Trent Martin leads after the early rounds but there is only 65 points between second and 10th.
It typifies the tight comp- etition Wingless Sprintcar racing is noted for and the 40-lap main event tonight will certainly give the stars the opportunity to shine.
"The 40-lap distance for the main event will allow drivers plenty of time to settle into a pattern and there will be plenty of contenders,” promoter David Lander said yesterday.
Race officials have received an impressive entry list with all the heavy hitters ready to chase series points.
While only early days in the 2017-18 series, Kevin Willis, David Eggins and Mick Santin are out of the top three after figuring prominently last season.
Willis and Eggins, who won last season, are fifth and sixth respectively, while Santin is ninth.
Santin has put together some impressive performances in Lismore and will look to improve his position on the ladder.
He will have the opportunity to do that in coming weeks with three consecutive weekends of racing set down for the Wingless Sprintcars.
The series will head to Grafton next weekend then back to Lismore on December 2.
With a new track surface put down at Lismore Showground during the off-season, the circuit is expected to hold up well.
Track conditions were superb for the season opener two weeks ago.
Curator Tony Powell has put in plenty of hours preparing the track this week and drivers will be greeted with a lightning fast racing surface tonight.
"We have an excellent mix of clay material that we secured during the off- season and I think this is one of the best surfaces we have ever had at the Lismore circuit,” Powell said.
Powell is also a Wingless Sprintcar owner and his driver, Robbie Mazzer, has entered for the meeting.