Speedway: Nationwide interest in title
DRIVERS from Western Australia, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland will face the best from New South Wales in the battle for the Trevan Ford Australian Modified Sedan Championship at Castol Edge Lismore Speedway on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Organisers from national sanctioning body Speedway Sedans Australia have received more than 40 entries for the national title in which defending champion Mark Carlin from Geelong, Victoria, will attempt to equal the long-standing record of four victories held by Arthur Wiedon of Queensland.
Carlin also will be chasing another milestone in his bid for victory.
He has won the past two titles and another victory would not only achieve a hat-trick but also make him the first driver to win three in a row since Queens- lander Peter Lack did it from 2003 to 2005.
"There is certainly plenty of interest surrounding the performance of Carlin and his place in the record books," promoter Lismore Speedway Dave Lander said yesterday.
"Mark knows the Lismore circuit extremely well and is certainly one of the favourites to win his fourth title."
Toowooomba's Rodney Pammenter comes into strong calculations as a last start major event winner at the testing Lismore Showground circuit when he took out the NSW Modified Sedan Championship in February.
There are seven former Australian champions entered this year.
Aidan Raymont (2013), Max Clarke (2011), Todd Doyle (2007-08), Justin Drew (2006), Jason Jolley (2001), Gary Pagel (1999) and Greg Worling (1998) will all attempt to add another title to their career statistics.
Most of the qualifying heats will be held on the opening night, while the remainder, B-Main and A-Main title decider to highlight theprogram on Sunday night.