LISMORE SPEEDWAY’S ONGOING BATTLE WITH THE WEATHER

DENNIS NEWLYN

CASTROL Edge Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander has spent most of his days recently looking up at the sky.

He has good reason as he'd just like to get a meeting run and won without a rain cancellation.

He is going to try again this coming Saturday night (February 29) in his ongoing battle with the weather gods. It will be an important fixture of the season, highlighted with the return of V8 Dirt Modified racing after several weeks' break from local commitments.

There will also be racing for Street Stocks, National Four Cylinder Sedans, Junior Sedans, Production Sedans and Legend Cars. It's a big programme and Lander wants the weather to be on his side.

“We all know we needed the rain and I acknowledge what a terrible summer we have had, so there are definitely two ways of looking at the weather situation,” Lander said.

“But running an outdoor sporting venue, we are certainly at the mercy of the weather elements and we have not had a race meeting at the Lismore Showground for over five weeks. This is at the peak of the season, too, which has been a major setback in our season scheduling.”

It has meant a considerable revamp of the remaining fixtures on the 2019-2020 season calendar. One of the meetings that was washed out was the recent Fire Services Appreciation night which will now be held on Saturday night, April 18.

The Australian Demolition Derby Championship also has had a date change due to wet weather and will be now be decided on April 18.

The fixtures in the peak month of January also were hampered by wet weather.

Meanwhile, the V8 Dirt Modified ranks are regrouping in preparation for this weekend after contesting the Australian Championship in Sydney last weekend.

Best of the local drivers was former three times national titleholder Mark Robinson who finished runner-up in the national title as Queensland's Kevin Britten raced to a record setting fifth consecutive national title.

Gates open at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway this Saturday at 4PM. Racing commences at 5:30PM.

Caption: Promoter David Lander will be hoping for clear skies this weekend. Photo: Tony Powell.