JORDAN Biviano, who will compete in the 50-lap Golden Jubilee Modified Sedan feature race at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway (February 16), is a product of the junior driving programme instigated many years ago at the circuit.
Biviano, 26, came out of the Junior Sedan ranks which was especially introduced to entice youngsters into the sport. Biviano commenced racing speedway aged 14 and now has over 12 years experience in his career combining Juniors and Modified Sedans.
Lismore promoter David Lander has always supported Junior Sedans and recognises this is the training ground for future Australian speedway stars.
“It is a wonderful concept for the kids to drive at the speedway with proper safety regulations put in place to ensure their complete safety under controlled racing supervision. Not only that, it keeps them off the street and racing also helps develop their skills for later driving on the road which is potentially much more dangerous than speedway,” Lander said.
The Junior Sedans are a national class and come under the sanction of the sport's chief governing body Speedway Australia.
Biviano showed his ability in the category after he took out the 2008 NSW Junior Sedan Championship driving a super-fast Toyota Corolla. He raced a number of seasons in the Junior Sedan class before he made the decision to graduate into a major category – and he chose Modified Sedans. Biviano says he selected Modified Sedans because “they race hard.”
He remembers the early days when he took to the wheel of a Junior Sedan and how it guided him to not only drive properly on the track but also on the road in future years.
“The Junior Sedans are a great class to get into speedway,” Biviano said yesterday.
“It helped me a lot and prepared me well for my future move into Modified Sedans.”
Biviano, who is employed as a surveyor when not racing speedway, will drive a VK Holden Commodore in the 50-lap main event.
Most of the Modified Sedans entered for the Golden Jubilee feature race are either Holden Commodores or Ford Falcons and it represents the long time motor sport tradition of Holden versus Ford. Fifty laps also is an endurance test for some of the cars and drivers. Tyre wear comes into it as track conditions plays a role over the distance. Biviano faces some tough opposition tonight as there are a number of competitors who enter into winning calculations.
The Modified Sedans will be supported with racing for Wingless Sprints, Production Sedans, Junior Sedans, Street Stocks and Stockcars.
Gates open at 4PM and racing will start at 5:30 - DENNIS NEWLYN.
Caption: Jordan Biviano, who will race in tonight's Modified Sedan 50-lap Golden Jubilee feature race at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway, is a product of the Junior Sedan racing programme at the circuit. Photo: Tony Powell.