DRIVERS FACE A BUSY NIGHT
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
V8 Dirt Modified and Wingless Sprintcar drivers face a marathon number of laps competing at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday night, March 18.
The Modified competitors will race in three main events, each over a 20-lap distance, while there also will be time trials and heat races.
Highlight of the Wingless division will be the running of a 50-lap feature race after contesting earlier preliminary races.
The big attraction surrounding the V8 Dirt Modified feature races is the highest point scorer – and originally the fastest in qualifying time trials – will start from the rear of the field in each main event.
This race format represents a page from the past when the quickest and most capable drivers always started at the back of the field. This made for exciting racing during those great years affectionately known as the golden era of the sport during the ‘sixties when, in order to win the main event, the top names had to pass a lot of cars.
Promoter David Lander is very much an “old school” promoter who remembers those days of speedway fifty-plus years ago, firstly as an enthusiastic spectator and then a Super Modified competitor.
Lander, who was placed runner-up in the 1970 Australian Super Modified Championship at the Morisset Speedway (NSW), was forced to do it the hard way from a rearward starting position before he got his hands on the trophy.
“It’s what we all grew up with and witnessed every Saturday night at venues such as the Brisbane Exhibition Ground and Sydney Showground,” Lander said in relation to the fastest drivers winning from the back.
“It is a great spectacle and adds another thrilling dimension to the outcome of the feature race. Today’s cars are more evenly match with a greater standard of race equipment, so it is harder to win from the rear of field, which makes it even more interesting for this coming weekend.”
V8 Dirt Modified officials have received a strong entry list for the weekend headed by former national champions Andrew Pezzutti and Scott Cannon.
The 50-lap event for the Wingless Sprints looms as a vital round of the Driver to America series.
With the end of the season nearing, there is an intense battle for season premiership honours. Only 75 points separates the top four as Kevin Willis (525 points) leads from David Eggins (500), Mick Santin (480) and Trent Martin (450).
There are a number of long distance specialists who have entered for the Wingless part of the programme, ensuring the 50 lapper will be keenly contested. Natasha Herne, daughter of former six times Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion Stuart Herne, will race a Wingless Sprintcar in only her sixth ever meeting in the Wingless division.
Events for AMCA Nationals Sedans, Street Stocks, Four Cylinder Sedans and Productions Sedans also will be featured. Gates open at 3PM and time trials will commence at 5:30.