Wanless heads top-class field
FORMER Australian Sprintcar Champion Todd Wanless heads the impressive line-up for the return of the Gold Cup race at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway on Saturday night.
Wanless, pictured, is in good form at present and his clash with fellow Queenslanders Andrew Scheuerle, Brock Dean and Kevin Titman, as well as Northern Territory driver Danny Reidy, will certainly be one of the highlights.
In addition to the strong Queensland contingent entered for the event, drivers from Sydney also will make the trek up the coast for the Blue Ribbon Sprintcar Gold Cup race.
Promoter David Lander reinstated the Gold Cup in this season's program scheduling after an absence of a couple of years.
He did not run the event in the recent past due to lack of nomination numbers, however the race this season has come back stronger than ever with what is clearly a stellar field of more than 25 cars entered set to battle for honours.
Sprintcars Queensland has worked closely with Lander to ensure the event can return to the Lismore calendar without a date clash involving any other venues in southeast Queensland.
Lander said he was very pleased with the number of cars entered and Gold Cup nominations.
"We certainly have a strong entry list and I am sure the fans will get value for money," he said. "The Gold Cup promises to be a terrific race.
"My thanks also to Sprintcars Queensland for making it possible."
Wanless is one of the most versatile open-wheel drivers in Australian speedway.
In addition to his previous state and national title success in sprintcars, he also is a former Queensland speedcar titleholder.
The Gold Cup race was inaugurated in Lander's first season of promoting at the Lismore Showground in 2008-9.
Drivers from as far as Dubbo will participate in the event.
The sprintcars will be backed up with a full support program on what promises to be an exciting night of racing. Gates open at 3pm and first race is at 6pm.