Ballina driver Luke Watt is looking forward to the Lismore speedway season.
Ballina driver Luke Watt is looking forward to the Lismore speedway season. MITCHELL CRAIG

Watt a role model

DISABLED speedway driver Luke Watt has set his sights on taking out the national four-cylinder division this season.

Watt, 21, was among a handful of drivers at the Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway season launch at the Lismore Showground yesterday.

He was born with sacral agenesis, a rare birth defect that affects the lower spine and leg formation.

But it has not stopped him from racing in junior and four-cylinder speedway divisions for the past six years.

"We've done three years in the four-cylinders now so I'm starting to set some bigger goals," Watt said.

"I do some mechanical work for my old man and keep busy working on my own car.

"I've done work with excavators so if anyone wants to hire me, go for it.

"I'd like to think I'm a bit of a role model and I really enjoy what I do."

Watt has spent his life in a wheelchair. His race car is modified so he can use one hand on the wheel and the other to control the accelerator, brake and clutch.

He has had podium finishes in the past and is busy planning his upcoming season.

"I'll be doing a lot of Lismore and Grafton races before the NSW title," Watt said.

"I just look forward to whatever meeting is next and plan the rest of it cas-ually.

"The hand controls are fitted in the car and it's all second nature to me now."

The annual Lord Mayor's Cup for V8 Dirt Modifieds will start the season tomorrow night.

It doubles as the third round of the V8 Dirt Modified Driver to America series after the first two rounds were held at Grafton.

Australian champion Jai Stephenson and former national titleholder Scott Cannon are among the entries.

There are 11 meetings scheduled for Lismore before the Australian Modified Sedan title in April.



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