THE first long distance race of the season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday night (November 17) in celebration of the track's Golden Jubilee has attracted a strong entry list.
The Wingless Sprintcars will contest a main event over 50 laps. The feature race will be the first of several involving other major race car divisions to be run over the distance during the 2018-19 season.
Race officials are pleased with the response from Wingless Sprintcar drivers with close to 30 entries received. There will be a big contingent of competitors who will cross the northern border from Queensland to participate in the race meeting.
Interest has also been shown as far south as Sydney and promoter David Lander says it's a reflection of the importance this Golden Anniversary season at Lismore holds within the overall speedway scene.
“The build up to this season has been phenomenal and there's no doubt our fifty years of continuous racing has caught the attention of a lot of people. It also yet again clearly shows the high esteem and respect the Lismore venue is held by many in speedway, particularly on the east coast. I am confident the Wingless Sprintcars will really put on a great show for the fans.”
A series of qualifying heats will determine the final starting line-up for the night's main event. Last start feature race winner Jacob Jolley is obviously the pre-race favourite following his stylish win in the opening feature race of the season earlier this month.
Jolley's brand new car never missed a beat and he was a convincing winner. However, feature race placegetters Bradley Claridge and Mason Cattell cannot be ruled out of calculations. Both were competitive first time out this season and good performances in the heats could push them well into contention come main event time.
Robbie Mazzer and car owner Tony Powell have spent most of this week repairing their car after a crash at Brisbane's Archerfield Speedway last Saturday night. Repairs have been completed and Powell has entered the car for this weekend.
The 50 lapper also doubles as the second round of the Lismore Workers Club Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America series and early season points are vital.
A number of other racing divisions also will be seen in action as supports to the Wingless Sprintcars.
In celebration of the 50 years of racing, a Golden Anniversary 130-page Lismore Speedway historical magazine has been produced and will be available at the ground this weekend.
Gates open at 4PM and preliminary events commence at 5:30.
Caption: Lismore regular Mason Cattell will be one of the drivers to watch in Saturday night's 50 lap Wingless Sprintcar feature race after a good performance at the opening meeting earlier this month. Photo: Tony Powell.