CASTROL Edge Lismore Speedway promoter David Lander will conduct a Speed Week tournament featuring major events at the high time of the season next January.

Three major races will be held over a seven day period between January 11 – 18.

It not only represents the busiest time of the season but the Speed Week will feature some of the biggest names in the sport. Several promotions featuring some of the competitors involved also is planned.

The Speed Week has the potential of attracting American Sprintcar drivers when the World Series Sprintcars Championship returns to the venue on January 14 after an absence of several years.

“It's a great opportunity to utilise the availability of many drivers, keen to run as many meetings as possible throughout January. Each of the three races are top events and especially with the return of the World Series Sprintcars for a round of their championship trail, this automatically means some of the biggest Sprintcar names in the country will be seen in action at Lismore,” Lander said.

The Speed Week commences on January 11 when the 50-lap grand final of the annual Mr Modified series will be run and won.

This event always attracts the best V8 Dirt Modified drivers on the east coast. Then, just three days later (January 14), the Sprintcars do their thing on the tight Lismore Showground bull ring before the WSSC tournament heads overland to Western Australia in February.

This series always attracts interest from some of Australia's best and also overseas competitors, keen to race in Australia during their northern hemisphere off-season.

The irony of another visit to Lismore by the WSSC continues a wonderful tradition.

When the championship was inaugurated in the late eighties, the Lismore track was one of the original venues included on the schedule and for many years has been a part of the trail. While it has been several seasons since this series last contested a round at Lismore, Sprintcar interest in the Northern Rivers area has never waned and one of the biggest crowds of the season is expected to attend.

The final meeting of Speed Week will feature the running of the Northern Rivers Junior Sedan Championship (January 18).

This particular class of racing represents the future stars of Australian Speedway and many of the teenage youngsters competing in Junior Sedans show plenty of promise to graduate into a major category when old enough. (ARTICLE WRITTEN BY DENNIS NEWLYN).