MODIFIED Sedans, which will compete in the Golden Jubilee 50-lap main event at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night (February 16), are one of the most popular categories in the sport.
Their evolution into a high profile division represents a long and winding road after being initially a part of the many sedan divisions that make up Australian speedway sedan racing.
Derived from Production Sedans, the Modified Sedan version has really come of age in style and presentation in more recent years. The class now has its own identity and also represents the classical Ford versus Holden confrontation. Most of the entries for Saturday's nights main event, sponsored by Trevan Ford, are Holden Commodore or Ford Falcon.
The six cylinder engine cars are super fast around the Lismore Showground Speedway bull ring and the main event, which will be held in recognition of Lismore Speedway's 50 consecutive racing seasons, will be keenly contested.
“There should be some terrific racing from the Modified Sedans,” promoter David Lander said yesterday.
“This class of racing has really improved and the cars are well presented and look good on the track. We also cater for Productions Sedan racing at Lismore so we have here two divisions that are a big part of the overall national scene, particularly on the Australian east coast.”
Production Sedan racing also is scheduled to be featured on this weekend's programme.
The Modified Sedans are set to contest heat events in the build up to the 50-lap final.
Greg Worling is one driver who certainly comes into the reckoning. Greg has driven many laps around the Lismore circuit and knows what it takes to win at the venue. However, he says the Modified Sedans are a tough class and the winner will have certainly earned the victory after 50 demanding laps.
“This race will be something of an endurance test,” Greg said. “But, we have some good cars and drivers entered, so the most important factor is it will make the night entertaining for the spectators.”
The winning chances of Steve Jordan, Max Clarke, Rodney Pammenter and Jordan Biviano cannot be ignored among a number of contenders.
Jordan was one of the best a few years ago in the Super Sedan category and was a former Australian Champion for the division. He is a good performer at the Lismore Showground bull ring and certainly looms as a potential race winner.
Wingless Sprintcar driver Jacob Jolley, driving the Lismore Nissan entry, has the chance to take the outright lead in the Lismore Workers Club Wingless Sprintcar Driver to America series. He is currently tied with Brad Claridge in second on the points table, only five markers behind tournament leader Michael Butcher.
Jolley has shown consistency this season which is the prime requirement needed to win this tournament.
Junior Sedans, Street Stocks and Stockcars will also be on the race card. Gates open at 4PM and the first race will be held at 5:30 - DENNIS NEWLYN.
Caption: Greg Worling will compete in the Golden Jubilee 50-lap feature race for Modified Sedans at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night. Photo: Tony Powell.