Super sidecars showstoppers
OVAL track sidecar racing is fast, furious and exciting – all the ingredients necessary for a hotly contested Sidecar Super Prix at Lismore Speedway tonight.
A high degree of skill, daring and bravado is required by the participants and with an attractive prize money purse offered, some of the nation’s best competitors have travelled to Lismore for the event.
Sidecar racing has undergone incredible changes and massive improvements in outfit technology and today’s Japanese engine outfits are a far cry from the days of yesteryear and the HRD Vincent powered bikes.
“Sidecars have always been a highly spectacular category in Australian speedway and what the fans will see tonight is something very special in sporting entertainment with a top class field in action,” promoter David Lander said yesterday
“It is almost impossible to pick a winner with a number of strong contenders ready to put it all on the line.”
The line-up is headed by five-time Australian champion Darrin Treloar and passenger Justin Plaisted.
They are fast and the 20-heat scratch race format is to their liking.
Treloar is a hot favourite, though there are a few who could spring a surprise.
Queensland youngsters Brodie Cohen and Gareth Ferguson are the form riders in the field and come to Lismore fresh from their victory in the Queensland Championship.
They will be joined by the duo that finished runner-up in the recent State title, Jason Aldridge and Duane Dennis.
These three teams are expected to be prominent in points after the completion of the 20 qualifying heats.
Experienced campaigners Wayne Munck (passenger Yolanda Wilkin) and Phil Hudson (Mark Griffiths) are also likely to be prominent in the scores.
There will be 20 qualifying heats to determine the top three scorers who will progress to the Super Prix Final.
The next four in order on points will enter a ‘last chance’ repechage event where only the winner qualifies to the big money final.
Lander’s policy of admitting children under 12 in for free (when accompanied by an adult) will be in place for tonight’s fixture.
Car action tonight will feature Lightning Sprints and Dwarf Cars.