IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME AT LISMORE SEEDWAY
BY DENNIS NEWLYN
CHRISTMAS Spirit and oval track racing combine to welcome in the Festive Season Saturday night, December 2, at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway.
It’s a mixture of fun and games, kids’ push bike races and speedway with a number of race car categories involved. Even Santa is tipped to make an appearance – and perhaps jump behind the wheel of a racing car.
The featured attractions for the speedway part of the programme are the Production Sedan main event titled “The Dream” and the Junior Sedan Cup.
Also billed as “The Kids Christmas Party” it is not the usual run-of-the-mill speedway fixtures witnessed during the season at the Lismore Showground venue. But that special time of year is rapidly approaching and promoter David Lander wants to get into the swing of Christmas right from the beginning of the most important month of the year.
“This is a very special meeting I have conducted over the years either here at Lismore or my other Grafton track,” Lander explained.
“It might be early in the month, but as far as I am concerned, it is not too early to enter into the Christmas spirit and that’s what this meeting is all about.”
The push bike races for children have proven extremely popular in past years, however all participants must wear a protective helmet to be allowed to compete.
On the racing side of things, there is a very impressive entry list for the running of the Lismore Workers’ Club “The Dream” Production Sedan main event.
A big field of local cars and drivers will chase honours in the Lismore Workers Club-sponsored event.
The race also pays tribute to a speedway icon, the late, great Grenville Anderson who was a Lismore legend.
He raced to four Australian Sedan Championships which is a long standing record in the sport.
Grenville was seriously injured in a crash at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway in the early nineties and died from those injuries on May 31, 2004.
Chris Bessling (VS Holden Commodore), Aaron Hall (VS Holden Commodore), Steves Downes (AU Ford Falcon), Wesley Smidt (EL Ford Falcon) and Mark Quirk (VY Holden Commodore) are among the many Lismore regulars who come into winning contention. Bessling, who is in his fourth season of Production Sedan racing, has shown his winning capabilities in the past. A good performance in the heats could hand him a favourable starting position in the final.
It is also a race within a race in a typical Holden and Ford rivalry.
The Junior Sedan Cup also has a good entry list. Matthew Weir, Josh Boyd and Nathan McGregor are strong runners who have the opportunity to figure in the results.
Wingless Sprintcar drivers will contest another round of the Lismore Workers’ Club – Driver to America series currently led by Trent Martin.
Gates open at 3PM and racing commences at 6.