Sprintcars Championship wheels out stars
IT promises to be a spectacular return for the ENZED World Series Sprintcars (WSS) Championship when the trail stops off for the eighth round of the title at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway tomorrow night.
The previous time WSS hauled into Lismore was in 2002 - ironically the year Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander ran the series.
A lot has changed in Australian Sprintcar racing since then and the line-up of driving talent this weekend clearly represents the best of the best and a high calibre of race team professionalism not evident in 2002.
All teams have stepped up in their overall presentation and the standard of Sprintcar equipment is as good as anything campaigned in the United States, recognised as the hub of the sport.
Heading the line-up is Sydney's international racer Brooke Tatnell.
With eight championship wins, Tatnell has taken out the WSS more than any other driver since the inception of the tournamentin the 1987-88 season.
Tatnell, who has also won the Australian Sprintcar Championship five times, will drive for the Krikke Motorsport team from WA.
National champion James McFadden is the defending WSS titleholder and has a 100-point lead in the series entering the Lismore round.
Six-times Australian Sprintcar champion Garry Brazier is another of the top Australian drivers contracted for the series.
The American representation comes from California's two-times US champion Jason Meyers and Oklahoma's Shane Stewart.
Stewart was one of the stars of the series last season and ran a close second to McFadden in the final championship standings.
The tight Lismore track provides excellent Sprintcar racing on a perfectly prepared surface.
"We have an annual 410 Sprintcar race here called the Gold Cup, which is a fantastic event," Lander said.
"The one-lap track record for Sprintcars is in the low 11 seconds, so the surfaceis fast.
"The track was widened five seasons ago and produces consistent two-lane racing, sometimes even three.
"The track also has a 'D' shape that is perfect for side-by-side racing."