Mark Robinson at Lismore Speedway.
Mark Robinson at Lismore Speedway. TONY POWELL

Midgets highlight big season at Lismore Showground Speedway

THE countdown is on to the start of Lucas Oil Lismore Showground Speedway's biggest season.

Sixteen local, national and international fixtures are on the calendar, starting with the V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup on November 2.

Promoter David Lander has pulled off a coup by securing two rounds of the inaugural World Midget Car Championship on January 31 and February 1.

Lander's Lismore track will be one of only two in Australia to host rounds, which also will be held in New Zealand and the United States.

The Australian leg of the world title also incorporates the National Midget Championship.

The world championship has been four years in the planning and will bring to Lismore not only Australia's best Midget drivers but also an impressive international line-up.

"When the opportunity came along to host two rounds of the world championship, I jumped at it," Lander said.

"This is one of the biggest events ever to come to Australia and I am very proud Lismore will be a part of the history-making world title."

The Mighty Midgets also will be featured earlier in the season when a round of the national Speedcar Super Series comes to Lismore on November 30.

January will be the biggest month of the season with six meetings scheduled between January 11 and 31.

On January 11 the Monster Trucks will do their thing supported by a gigantic fireworks display.

On the racing side of the card, the Northern Rivers AMCA Sedan Classic will be contested.

A January highlight will be the Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship as part of Australia Day festivities on January 25 and 26.

Lismore is the hotbed of the national V8 Dirt Modified scene and a big entry list is assured as local star Mark Robinson puts his title on the line.

That month will also see another significant event with the World Series Sprintcars Championship returning to Lismore after a number of years.

The national tournament, which was first held in 1987, will bring together top Australian names, headed by national champion James McFadden and leading American Sprintcar drivers.

Sprintcars return to the venue on February 22 when the Gold Cup race is decided.

The Easter weekend will see plenty of action including the two-night NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship on April 19 and 20.

Other highlights of the season include the Lismore Nissan and Kia Modified Sedan Classic (November 2), Mr Modified Series and KAOS stunt bikes (December 26), V8 Dirt Modified Stampede (March 15), Demolition Derby (April 5) and Caravandalism (April 26).

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