Max Dumesny in action in his sprintcar.
Max Dumesny in action in his sprintcar. The Northern Star

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AUSTRALIA'S international sprintcar star Max Dumesny heads the line-up for the $25,000 Gold Cup Classic at Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.

It has been a number of seasons since Dumesny last raced here and he is looking forward to the challenge on the tight confines of the Lismore bull ring.

"Yeah, it should be an interesting race," Dumesny said yesterday.

"It's not a big circuit so passing manoeuvres will be critical, but I'm sure we will put on a show for the fans and that's what really counts and what we're about."

Dumesny comes to Lismore Speedway with an impressive sprintcar racing career record, in Australia and the United States.

He is a three-time Australian sprintcar champion and has won the World Series sprintcar championship seven times.

The nationwide World Series has attracted Australia's top drivers and a number of American stars since its inception in the 1987-88 season.

Dumesny is an icon of the series, which is run on a pointscore system to determine the champion.

If Dumesny is not the winner, his name is usually prominent in the major placings.

Dumesny is a product of Formula 500 racing and he took out two Australian championship in this category before he moved into sprintcars.

It was almost 20 years since he last drove a Formula 500 car and last year at the invitation of Steve Caunt, who will race a sprintcar in Lismore in the Gold Cup this weekend, Dumesny returned to the 500s for the 2007 NSW championship at Parramatta Raceway in Sydney.

He quickly showed he had not lost his touch and raced to victory in the State title.

On his first appearance at the Knoxville Sprintcar Nationals in the United States in 1985, Dumesny became the sensation of the event after he took out the Race of States, which brings together the top echelon of the US sprintcar scene.

In addition to his Australian title success, Dumesny is a multi-state champion and this season represents is his 25th anniversary of sprintcar racing.

Many of the top names in Sydney sprintcar competition have entered for the inaugural Gold Cup.


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