SCHEDULE STILL IN PLACE FOR NEXT SEASON
The upcoming 2020-21 season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway remains on track despite the ongoing COVID 19 crisis.
However promoter David Lander continues to monitor the situation in the ongoing pandemic but at this stage he has no reason to change planning for the upcoming 16 fixture term beginning in October and concluding in April, 2021.
“Of course we are governed by the pandemic and what happens in coming months if there is a continued spread,” he said.
“All sporting and entertainment activities are governed by decisions from the chief medical officer and the state government acting accordingly with any such restrictions, but right now it's all systems go for the next Lismore season.”
There is a lot to like about the 2020-21 term, spearheaded by another appearance by the World Series Sprintcars travelling road show.
After the success earlier this year following the WSS return to one of the foundation tracks in Lismore Speedway, the option was always made available for David Lander with a possible Lismore date option issued by WSS organisers for the 2020-21 season WSS championship trail.
The other major international event destined for Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway next season is the time honoured Australian Speedcar Grand Prix.
So much has been written over the years about this prestigious event and the place it holds in world speedcar racing history as one of the longest running races in the speedcar world.
It's a race that has been won by the biggest names in open wheel competition including legendary four times Indy 500 winner AJ Foyt and 20-times World of Outlaws Sprintcar Champion Steve Kinser and Australia's best.
Super Sedans also will be featured with a major race and this promises to attract some of the heavy hitters in the division. Production Sedans also have a couple of major events scheduled.
Of course, V8 Dirt Modifieds will play a major role in the upcoming season scheduling, with their first appearance at the traditional V8 Dirt Modified Lord Mayor's Cup season opener in October.
Wingless Sprintcars and all of the regular support divisions are well catered for with plenty of racing.
It goes without saying the Coronavirus has devastated the world and has hit sport particularly hard with non-attendances or very restricted attendance numbers.
Look no further than Great Britain for the damage it has caused league speedway.
For the first time in its long history, apart from the World War years, the British League season has been completely lost without any racing held.
The delayed start earlier this year was then projected to a possible August commencement and obviously a much shortened season, but that has now been ruled out.
It's a dire situation for the pukka bike speedway scene in Britain with a proud history that traces way back to 1929.
The British Speedway Promoters' Association statement said in part: “It can now be confirmed with great reluctance and disappointment that professional league speedway in the UK has been cancelled for 2020.
“This news comes following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson which stated October as the target date for crowds to return to sporting stadia. This does not give enough time for a full season of league racing to be staged.”
It has not only affected British promoters, but also riders, especially Australians, who make a living out of the sport in the northern hemisphere.
Fortunately, the crisis has not got to that point in Australia and it's green lights, hopefully under clear skies, for the 2020-21 season at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway – DENNIS NEWLYN.