AUSTRALIA DAY DOUBLE HEADER THIS WEEKEND (JANUARY 23-24)

IT'S the most gruelling race of the season and it's a highlight of this coming weekend's Saturday and Sunday night (January 23-24) double header at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.

The annual 100-lap Australian Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix will be decided when the ton of laps final is contested January 24, following preliminary qualifying heats and feature race the previous night.

This is the annual meeting promoter David Lander hosts as part of Lismore's Australia Day celebration and patrons will be treated to a massive fireworks spectacular on the Sunday night.

Another highlight of the double header will be the running of the Northern Rivers Junior Sedan Championship. This class of racing caters for the youngsters, the teenagers who are the budding future stars of Australian speedway and the racing is always fast and exciting.

There also will be events for AMCA Sedans, Production Sedans, National Four Cylinder Sedans and Street Stocks.

But it's the Australian Wingless Sprintcar Grand Prix that takes centre stage.

“This is a tough race for both car and driver,” promoter David Lander said.

“Weather conditions always play a part as the latter half of the race is something of an endurance test. We've seen in past years it becomes a twenty-five lap sprint to the chequered flag in the last quarter of the marathon. It all adds to the spectacle of this race which has become very popular in the relatively short time I have promoted the Grand Prix.”

The inaugural event was held on January 16-17, 2015 and was won by Adam Wallis from local regular Warren King and another Lismore star David Eggins.

The Wingless Sprintcar division regularly contests 50-lap races, also 40-lap main events on a regular basis, but this 100-lap race is something special.

Tyre wear can sometimes play a part in the ultimate endurance test and Lismore track curator Tony Powell will ensure he serves up the best possible track surface for the long distance race.

He is at the circuit every day this week, grading, watering and preparing the surface to ensure the clay/dirt compound holds up throughout the event.

Promoter Lander is expecting a big entry list, especially now the Queensland/New South Wales border restrictions have been eased. The race always attracts not only the best from New South Wales, but also Queensland.

Gates open at 4pm on both days and racing commences at 5:30. For more information log on to www.lismorespeedway.com.au or phone the Lismore Speedway office (66212733) during business hours.