Yet another speedway cancellation

LISMORE Speedway scheduling has been thrown into disarray with the third cancellation of the season.

The Sprintcar Gold Cup clash set down for tonight between Australian champion Max Dumesny and red-hot Ian Loudoun has been washed out.

Speedway promoter David Lander was confident the meeting would go ahead when he sent the grader out to flatten the track yesterday morning, but his hopes were quickly dashed.

“The grader got bogged; the track is as wet as I have seen it in a while,” he said.

The cancellation results in a heavy loss for Lander, who was also forced to postpone meetings on Boxing Day and on February 6 due to rain.

“We lose on advertising and programs, but we also lose our opportunity to make money,” he said.

“It probably amounts to a net loss of around $8000.”

Fans who were keen to see the clash of the big guns, Dumesny and Louden, will be happy to learn that the pair will clash in Lismore, just not for a few months.

That date will be June 13 – the Queen’s Birthday long weekend – when Lander will hold a rare Sunday afternoon event.

“We are running out of Saturday nights,” he said.

“Plus it is getting too cold at that time of year, so we have decided to go for the Sunday afternoon.”

The NSW Formula 500 event scheduled for tonight will be rescheduled to June 13; there will also be a fireworks display that evening.

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