The Wingless Sprintcar of Australian Grand Prix contender Kevin Willis, who is looking to go one better than last season. PHOTO: TONY POWELL
The Wingless Sprintcar of Australian Grand Prix contender Kevin Willis, who is looking to go one better than last season. PHOTO: TONY POWELL

Willis hoping for non-stop at speedway

KEVIN Willis is hoping the 100-lap Australian Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix main race at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this weekend goes flag-to-flag without an interruption.

The event will decided over two evenings, with the qualifying heats tonight and the 100-lap final tomorrow night.

It is the longest race of the season for the Wingless Sprintcar division and Willis is primed for a big effort.

"I'd like to race the full 100 laps without a stoppage," he said yesterday.

He was well placed late in the inaugural event last year and ran as high as second in the last 10 laps before finishing fourth after a yellow light caution period.

He will use that experience to work in his favour this time.

"Qualifying is important because you have to get into the main race," he said.

"Last year we thought tyre wear was going to be an issue but it wasn't, but track conditions will be important on the night.

"Last year's race was run on a slick track, but if it is a little rough this time it will present a new challenge on drivers and tyres."

Drivers have the option to take on fresh tyres with an infield pit stop but cannot re-enter the race until a yellow light appears on the circuit.

Willis won the opening night preliminary main event last season as a prelude to the 100-lap Grand Prix the following evening, so he hopes to go one better in 2016 and take out the marathon.

The preliminary win was most impressive after he started from 12th position in the field and quickly made his way through traffic.

He expects the pace to be a cracker if last season's 100-lap race is any guide.

"My plan was to pace myself in the first half of the race but everyone took off at a hundred miles per hour so the game plan went out the window and it became a chase," he said.

Willis will drive an American Eagle chassis car powered by a V6 Holden Commodore engine.

There will be a full support program on both nights. Gates open at 3pm with the first race at 6pm.



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