A SPECIAL SPEEDWAY NIGHT FOR THE FIRE FIGHTERS by DENNIS NEWLYN

CASTROL Edge Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander says this Saturday night's (February 15) fixture is one of the most important in his career of over 30 years running venues.

It's the fire fighters' appreciation night in which all those who fought regional area fires will be given free admission along with their families.

“We want to show these wonderful fire fighters what we feel as a community and what it means to us as speedway people, with heartfelt thanks,” Lander said.

It's a night put on especially for the Rural Fire Service, Fire Services Australia and State Emergency Service personnel. There will be plenty of race action to provide the track entertainment from six race car categories with competition set down for Compact Speedcars, National Four Cylinder Sedans, AMCA Sedans, Wingless Sprintcars, Junior and Production Sedans.

Proof of identification with badge or membership card is the only requirement for free admission.

“All we want to see at the gate is either a RFS, FSA or SES membership badge or card or proof of any other fire fighting organisation, including the local fire brigade, for our fire fighters to gain free admission.”

RFS Northern Rivers Zone Manager Michael Brett says he is very appreciative of the speedway’s generous offer of free admission.

“I want to thank promoter David Lander very much,” he acknowledged.

“I say that if any of our members want to attend the February 15 race meeting, it's being offered free of charge and it will be a great night out.”

However the only factor Lander is concerned with is a possible change in the weather later in the week. The weather forecast is threatening potential rain but right now it's all systems go for this Saturday night.

The weather already has hampered his plans to run a demolition derby scheduled for this weekend's fixture.

Some of the entrants travelling distances have already withdrawn due to local flooding in their area caused by last weekend's torrential rain. Lander has since announced the Australian Demolition Derby Championship will now be held on April 18.

Meanwhile this weekend focuses on the battle in points for the Wingless Sprintcar BH Contracting Driver to America series with a change of leader in the standings in recent weeks.

Jacob Jolley, who has figured prominently in the series in past seasons, now commands a 25-point lead over Trent Martin heading into this weekend's events.

Gates open at 4PM racing commences at 5:30pm this Saturday night.

 

Caption: Jacob Jolley is the current points leader in the BH Contracting Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America series entering this weekend's fire fighters appreciation night at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway. Photo: Tony Powell.