Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway's status nationally as the Track of Champions was emphasised yet again after local drivers made a clean sweep of the top three placings in the Australian Junior Sedan Championship at Cullen Bullen Speedway Saturday night.
Seventeen year old Josh Boyd drove his four cylinder Toyota Corolla to victory in advance of Brock Youngberry and Connor Reeves.
The 20-lap final developed into an “in house” battle between the Lismore drivers over the rest of the field.
Boyd, who started out of position three, was in contention all the way before he made his winning move midway through the event.
“It was a close battle half way through the race,” Boyd said. “I moved into second and was on the heels of the leader. I saw a little gap in front of me, took it, and then we ran side by side for a lap before I got around him.”
Youngberry chased hard but ultimately settled for second and Reeves was not far behind in third.
“We've had good results leading up to this and I think this really caps it off. I am pleased with how far me and my dad (Trevor) have come with the car. Also, a one, two, three result for Lismore is incredible.”
The Racing Sedans Australia (Inc) sanctioned junior class is the nursery for future speedway stars and Boyd, who is employed as an apprentice motor mechanic, will continue to follow his racing dream. “I will keep racing juniors for a while longer and keep enjoying them before I then go into a senior division. I am not sure what that will be at the moment, but all I know is I want to keep racing,” he emphasised. Boyd has been driving Junior Sedans for three years.
With this result, the Lismore Track of Champions has now produced 18 Australian titleholders in its 50 consecutive seasons.
It's very appropriate this latest success and domination of the top three results comes during the 2018-19 Golden Anniversary Lismore season.
A strong entry list of Junior Sedan drivers was received for the national title at the Cullen Bullen circuit near Lithgow.
Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander was delighted after learning of the Australian Junior Sedan Championship result. “Lismore Speedway is known as the Track of Champions for a very good reason. Yet again the track has come up with a great outcome at national title level. I am very pleased for all three youngsters as they truly deserve this wonderful achievement.”
Caption: Newly crowned Australian Junior Sedan Champion Josh Boyd. Photo: Tony Powell.
Caption: Lismore top three: Josh Boyd, Brock Youngberry and Connor Reeves. Photo: Les Taylor.