BIGGER, FASTER: A file picture of Richard Mules in action while competing in kart racing. Mules has since progressed to speedway and will be out for an upset in the Speedcar Super Series round at Lismore Speedway tonight.
BIGGER, FASTER: A file picture of Richard Mules in action while competing in kart racing. Mules has since progressed to speedway and will be out for an upset in the Speedcar Super Series round at Lismore Speedway tonight.

Rookie craves speed

LOCAL driver Richard Mules will face some of the best competitors in Australia when he contests the Speedcar Super Series round at Lismore Speedway tonight.

Mules, 22, will drive one of the fastest speedcars in the field – an American built Stealth chassis Ford powered car.

He is not fazed by the prospect of lining up against the biggest names on the national midget car racing scene and is looking forward to the challenge.

“I prefer non-winged cars and I think midget racing is where it is at, especially the level of competition on the national scene,” Mules said this week.

Mules, who lives at Richmond Hill, near Lismore, is in his first full season of speedcar racing after having previously driven in the compact speedcar class.

He has secured the drive of one of the best speedcars in Australia owned by John Lennon of Brisbane.

The car has raced in only a few fixtures and was previously driven by American visitor Davey Ray as well as Sydney’s Darren Jenkins.

While Mules has participated in speedcar events this summer, this will be his first appear-ance at
Lismore Speedway, though he was recently afforded some practice laps in the car at the venue.

He was happy with the performance of the car in the shake-down run and is hopeful of a good showing this weekend.

However, he is the first to admit it will not be easy, especially with the likes of Speedcar Super Series defending titleholder and prolific winner Mark Brown and West Australian Dene McAllan in the field.

Mules is a product of kart racing before he entered speedway. He drove karts for eight years before moving into speedway, initially compact speedcars.

Speedcar racing is one of the traditional categories of Australian speedway with a history going back to the 1930s.

Mules’ story is very much a case of ‘local boy made good’ as he prepares to face the biggest test of his career at Lismore Speedway tonight.

Speedcar drivers from around Australia and New Zealand have converged on Lismore for this major event on the national calendar.


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