EVENTS OF DIFFERENT KINDS AT CASTROL EDGE LISMORE SPEEDWAY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN TWO entirely different sedan contests will be held at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway Saturday night, January 13, with a demolition derby and a Super Sedan 40 lap feature race. The contrasting styles and objectives of the respective events are at opposite ends of the planet and as wide apart as the universe. A driver who enters the demolition derby has only one objective and that is to crash his opposition into submission in order to win the “race” as the only car left running on the track. That’s a rule that will never be found in the Super Sedan race association regulations handbook where “gentlemanly track etiquette” is not only desired but mandatory at all times. It’s almost anything goes in a demolition derby which resembles a bull fight on wheels! Cars will be crashed, bodywork will be absolutely battered, doors demolished and mud guards mangled as the epic survival of the fittest rages in the ultimate elimination contest! Sometimes the winning car has few panels attached and not even on four wheels! The only common them between the demolition derby and the Super Sedan 40 lap classic is that at the end of it all a winner will be crowned! The Super Sedans make their anticipated Lismore return with an impressive entry list that is headed by title winning Matt Pascoe, who has done it all and virtually won it all as a state and Australian champion. He also took out the 2009/10 season National Super Sedan Series and is one of the most successful drivers in the category over many years. He is fast and certainly knows his way around the testing Lismore circuit. His previous experience at the Lismore Showground venue is not strictly confined to Super Sedans as he also previously raced V8 Dirt Modifieds at the venue. But his forte is Super Sedans and he is the current championship leader after eight rounds in the season-long Brims Concrete 2017-18 Queensland Super Sedan Series. Interest in the Super Sedan section of Saturday night’s big variety programme also focuses on the return to racing of Lismore’s Tania Smith. It has been several years since Tania last appeared at the circuit due to a nagging back injury sustained in racing, but she is ready to take to the track driving a Holden Monaro out of Lismore’s Rocket Racecars factory. Another driver who has close ties to Lismore is Wayne Randall who has entered for the Trevan Ford sponsored Super Sedan Classic. Racing also will be featured for AMCA Nationals, Junior Sedans, Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks and Production Sedans. Gates open at 3PM Saturday and racing commences at 6.